During this past week I have learned lots about Portland and how it works. Whether it is the Comprehensive Plan, or the pros and cons of urban renewal, I feel like I have a greater understanding of Portland. For example, when we visited ZGF, our task there was to map out a park with a large scale building on the parkland, and I recalled that the park I visited on Monday also had a large building incorporated in the park. It’s these connections that I have made throughout the week. Another connection I had was when we went to BPS on Tuesday and talked to heads of various departments, and one of them talked to us about carbon emissions; then on Friday at ZGF, I noticed that they made a concerted effort and were extremely proud to be LEED Platinum certified. Overall, The first week of PLACE was great and I’m looking forward for what’s next.