Placemaking for a Sustainable Future

Placemaking has the power to improve the quality of life for future generations. The team at EYELEVEL asked how can we use our businesses, brands, and institutions as catalysts for positive change? How do we design spaces that allow us to gain efficiencies, work on what we love, make purchasing decisions, and all of the in-between?

EYELEVEL is a Portland retail experience design agency who sat down with a lineup of Portland’s finest from architectural planning, manufacturing, sustainability, and retail brand experience to explore the paradigm shift of live/work/play/shop ecosystems.

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The speakers included Alec Holser AIA, LEED AP BD+C and partner at Opsis Architecture LLP; Kara Solomondes, the Senior Manager of Brand Sustainability at adidas; Matt Kelly, the Director of Global Procurement at adidas; and Britt Howard, the Founder of the Portland Garment Factory.

The panel facilitated an important discussion around placemaking for a sustainable future, especially as it applies to how our communities and corporations must be at the forefront of change.

The panelists offered thoughtful insight and perspectives. The audience asked some hard questions about waste in big retail stores like adidas. Both Kara and Matt spoke to the efforts adidas is making to create less waste and create more circular economic use of goods.