Our projects range in scale from urban neighborhoods in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and Portland to small towns in Oregon and Washington such as Union, LaGrande, Medford, Ontario, Salem, Bend and Woodinville.
First Forty Feet have established a community-based design process that follows these guiding principles:
WE LEARN FROM SUCCESSFUL PLACES
Our team knows that each city, town, community and region is unique. We view ourselves as continual students in the field of “place making,” and therefore dedicate time for observation, reflection and researching an area before physical design. This includes observing how communities interact with their environments, speaking with individuals about their needs and ideal places, forcasting and analyzing cause and effect. This process allows us to design for both immediate shortterm need and forecasted long-term needs, directly engaging communities of the future.
WE DEVELOP VIABLE PLACEMAKING STRATEGIES
Our team places great emphasis on economic development and producing a roadmap towards viability. Ninety percent of our work is private/public partnerships where we are challenged everyday to reach the ultimate goal to create a thriving environment where communities can live, work and play.
WE PUSH DESIGN TO BE MEMORABLE
Our true motivation comes from the joy of design, the excitement of possibility, and the power of imagination. We thrive when imagining, “What if?”; visualizing communities of tomorrow where residents can flourish.