Let's Talk! First Stop Portland and International Dialogues in Planning
Prof. Carl Abbott, PSU
One of the first delegations First Stop Portland hosted back in the summer of 2009 was a group of eighteen planning practitioners and students from Australia who came stateside to explore examples of best practices in urban planning, design and sustainability in a number of cities across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to the formal meetings, roundtable discussions, presentations, and site visits they engaged in during their visit to Portland, the delegation, led by Professor Trevor Budge, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at La Trobe University Bendigo Campus, worked on a documentary film of key sites and projects to used for teaching purposes upon their return to Australia. This short interview with Professor Carl Abbott, frequent First Stop Portland presenter and senior historian in PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, is a result of that project.