Sundance Channel show will feature local design firm

A visit to Alta Planning

The sign in front of Alta’s former
location. They have since moved to
711 SE Grand Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Southeast Portland based bicycle and pedestrian planning firm, Alta Planning + Design, will be the subject of an upcoming episode of Big Ideas for a Small Planet, a documentary series which airs on The Sundance Channel.

The show is part of Sundance Channel’s new “programming destination dedicated entirely to the environment,” known as The Green.

According to The Green’s press statement, the Big Ideas series presents, “forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are at the forefront of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a different green themes as it spotlights three specific innovators or innovations that have the potential to transform our everyday lives.”

Alta has offices around the country, and is headed up locally by former City of Portland bicycle coordinator Mia Birk. Birk remains heavily involved with PDOT as a project consultant and has 14 engineers and planners on her staff. Birk is known around the country as an expert on bike-friendly transportation planning. Later this week she’ll present a talk on bicycle boulevards at a conference in Minneapolis.

The theme of the show Alta is featured on is “Transport” and will air on May 27 at 9pm on the Sundance Channel.

A special, invite-only screening and reception will happen this Sunday in Portland.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Jonathan Magnus
15 years ago

I was lucky enough to catch some of the filming, it should be a very interesting program. As a side note all the bike footage was filmed by pedicab.

John Russell
15 years ago

I\’ve seen these on iTunes. I can\’t wait until this one shows up.

Peter Cornell
Peter Cornell
15 years ago

For those of us without cable or even a TV, and who don\’t want to pay iTunes to watch, this program can be watched for free legally on with very few commercials on your web browser. I have no idea when this episode will show up.

15 years ago

Hi. The episode will also be available on the Sundance Channel\’s website on or just after May 27th. Please watch!