Updated: Alberta Design-Build Project – April 2015

Some of Greg’s design iterations created over the last four months.

Thesis student Greg Antons is collaborating with the Portland Alley Project (creators of the Alley Allies Toolkit) and the Concordia Neighborhood Association to help get you started on the improvements YOU want to see in YOUR alleys. To start there will be an event on Saturday and Sunday (April 4th and 5th) to bring community members together to paint, talk, and learn more about the improvement project goals, and participate in a short survey to help get your alley project started.

Stop by during the day at the alley between 27th and 28th on NE Alberta St.

Contact Greg Antons or the Portland Alley Project to learn more.

Pictures from the Event

The Design-Build Project

Greg has sent us some of his excellent alley materials including his alley types and renderings, some of the ways he is classifying alleys as a part of his thesis project and some existing conditions research on the alleys of the Concordia Neighborhood Association.

Alley Types and Renderings

Greg broke the elements of alleys into three categories “Access,” “Public” and “Natural” and created renderings using Photoshop to illustrate each concept.


Improve access through the alley in such a way that promotes ADU interface. Provide opportunities of alleyway interaction between tenants.

Utilize the fencing standard to maximize eyes on the alley, connect ADU tenants to the alley, and provide privatized parking for vehicles of ADU occupants, or occupants of primary properties.

Create links to adjacent properties by implementing pathways; this will also serve as visual a queue for traffic which improves safety for ADU tenants, and the people who occupy the alley space.


Provide the public with functional spaces that relate to the programmatic components of adjacent businesses.

Utilizing the mobile and modular perks of the think tank idea, businesses can temporarily deploy the kiosk in their alley as a way to engage the community with respect to their alley.

Renovate existing buildings and install permanent features that allow the alley to be confronted directly by business storefront and provide a secondary space for pedestrians to occupy.


Intent, low and high concept content to be added.

Case Studies

Greg also sought to classify the condition of alleys into specific typologies: Overgrown, unimproved, and improved. Click on the images below to see his case studies.







Existing Conditions Research

Of course, at the beginning of any good project is research into the existing conditions of the site. For Greg, this included pulling zoning, census and other data and combining them with a recent alley condition inventory conducted by a Concordia Neighborhood resident.

basemap-Condition basemap-+-Median-Income basemap-+-Tenant basemap-+-Zoning

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