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The Real Reason For the Resurgence of Streetcars in America (Spoiler: It's Not for Transport)

09:30 - 12 August, 2017

In this six-minute-long video, Vox makes the argument that the primary reason behind the recent resurgence of streetcar systems—or proposals for streetcars, at least—in the USA is not because of their contributions to urban mobility, but instead because of the fact that they drive and sustain economic development. As it uncovers the causes for the popular failure of the streetcar systems in cities such as Washington DC, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City (low speed and limited connectivity, mostly) it asks why an increasing number of American city governments are pushing for streetcars in spite of their dismal record at improving transit. Is it solely due to their positively modern aesthetic? Are streetcars destined to function as mere “attractions” in a city’s urban landscape? Or is the real objective something more complex?

Music Box Residence / Scott | Edwards Architects

09:00 - 17 July, 2017
Music Box Residence / Scott | Edwards Architects, © Pete Eckert
© Pete Eckert

© Pete Eckert © Pete Eckert © Pete Eckert © Pete Eckert +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Rick Berry, Joe Broders, Kelly Edwards
  • Area

    6473.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The United States' First Mass-Timber Highrise Receives Planning Permission

16:15 - 9 June, 2017
The United States' First Mass-Timber Highrise Receives Planning Permission, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

The United States’ first mass-timber highrise (defined by Emporis Building Standards as a building with an architectural height of 115-328 feet, or between 12 and 40 floors) has been granted planning permission, allowing construction on the landmark project to begin. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, the building known as Framework will cap out at 12 floors and approximately 128 feet, ushering in a new era of tall building construction in the US. 

Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture +12

PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US

12:00 - 27 May, 2017
PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US , via Baumberger Studio
via Baumberger Studio

Continuing the ever-increasing growth of timber construction architecture in North America and around the world, Carbon12’s recent topping out has resulted in its newly achieved status as the tallest mass timber building in the United States. Situated in Portland and designed by PATH Architecture, the 8-storey condominium is an example of the cost-effectiveness and labor sensitivity of engineered wood products while helping regenerate Oregon’s local timber industry. 

With a growing population and rapid development, much of recent focus has been on Portland’s city center, in an effort to preserve the existing natural landscape that surrounds the urban areas. Built of prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels and glu-lam beams around a steel core, Carbon12’s hybrid construction aids the city’s densification, given its off-site construction and quick assembly that help both reduce costs and respond to residential needs.

Höweler + Yoon Architecture Unveils Circus Conservatory Design

14:00 - 13 May, 2017
Höweler + Yoon Architecture Unveils Circus Conservatory Design, via v2com
via v2com

Höweler + Yoon Architecture, in collaboration with OFIS Arhitekti, has unveiled its design for a new building for The Circus Conservatory, which will house America’s first accredited degree program in the Circus Arts. Located in Portland, Maine, as the anchor tenant of a peninsula, the project aims to transform an undeveloped part of the city into a “vibrant artistic center complete with public performance venues and recreational facilities.”

Inspired by the historic circus shape—a circle with a radial audience—the design proposal utilizes a radial viewing strategy “in order to similarly activate the educational community.” Furthermore, in the design, acrobatics, performance, and classroom spaces are treated equally, “[challenging] the viewing relationship crucial to a circus and academic settings.”

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Coroflot's Mobile Work Unit / LOS OSOS

13:00 - 17 April, 2017
Coroflot's Mobile Work Unit / LOS OSOS, © Josh Partee
© Josh Partee

© Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, OR, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Laurence Sarrazin
  • Area

    280.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

One North / Holst Architecture

09:00 - 29 March, 2017
One North  / Holst Architecture, © Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Andrew Pogue         © Andrew Pogue         © Andrew Pogue         © Andrew Pogue         +20

Smith Optics Design Studio Headquarters / FFA Architecture and Interiors

18:00 - 3 March, 2017
Smith Optics Design Studio Headquarters  / FFA Architecture and Interiors, © Josh Partee
© Josh Partee

© Josh Partee              © Josh Partee              © Josh Partee              © Josh Partee              +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    220 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, United States
  • Design Team

    Troy Ainsworth, AIA, Principal / Joe Zody, AIA, Project Manager / Erica Ceder, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect / Mayumi Nakazato, Interior Designer /Karl Refi, Design Architect
  • Area

    8710.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Snøhetta Selected to Master Plan New Campus for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

11:10 - 14 October, 2016
Snøhetta Selected to Master Plan New Campus for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that it has selected Snøhetta to lead in the master planning of their new 16-acre riverfront campus and develop a long-term vision for the future of the Portland, Oregon site.

The overall goal of the master plan will be “to provide a market-driven strategy that outlines the best economic and environmental uses of OMSI’s physical property while highlighting the museum’s work as a cultural touchstone, science education resource, and trailhead to connect the community to learning and skill-building opportunities that equip them for 21st century jobs.”

660 Congress Street / Present Architecture

11:00 - 23 September, 2016
660 Congress Street / Present Architecture, © Robert Deitchler
© Robert Deitchler

© Robert Deitchler © Robert Deitchler © Robert Deitchler © Robert Deitchler +18

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum Named National Treasure by National Trust for Historic Preservation

14:00 - 10 June, 2016

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon has been on the chopping block for some time now: since the city’s NBA team moved to the Moda Center (known also as the Rose Garden) next door in 1995, the building has struggled to find the funding necessary for maintenance, and since 2009 calls have been made for the demolition of the iconic modernist structure. The threat reached peak levels last October, when the Portland City Council nearly voted to approve a proposal for demolition before ultimately denying it by a narrow 3-2 margin.

Now, preservationists have a new designation to use in their defense. Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Veterans Memorial Coliseum its newest National Treasure, joining 60 other threatened sites including the Houston Astrodome and Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.

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Loop PDX: A Design Competition to Connect Portland's Central City

14:26 - 24 January, 2016
Loop PDX: A Design Competition to Connect Portland's Central City

The University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape and Design Week Portland invite proposals to define, design, and bring to life Portland’s proposed “green loop”—a six-mile pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.

The winner(s) will receive up to $20,000 to further develop and implement schemes.

Proposed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in the Central City 2035 Plan, the loop offers a potentially powerful new means of thinking about and traveling through the city. Connecting the two sides of the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridges and Tilikum Crossing, the loop will link

Airbnb CX Hub / Bora Architects

13:00 - 13 January, 2016
Airbnb CX Hub / Bora Architects, © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman +12

Framework / Works Partnership Architecture

11:00 - 11 November, 2015
Framework / Works Partnership Architecture, © Joshua Jay Elliott
© Joshua Jay Elliott

© Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott +20

What Will the Future Hold for SOM's Modernist Arena in Portland?

08:00 - 19 August, 2015

Built in 1960 and designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland—a modernist gem on the National Register of Historic Places—could soon face destruction, as the city council prepares to take a vote deciding between restoration or demolition.

Since the Moda Center, better known as the Rose Garden, was built next door and became the new host of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, the Memorial Coliseum has been in a state of decline. Currently, the building generally only hosts infrequent concerts, as well as minor league hockey. However, Friends of Memorial Coliseum see it as much more than just an outdated venue, which is why since the building was first threatened with demolition in 2009 they've been campaigning for its preservation.

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BeFunky Portland Office / FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

13:00 - 12 August, 2015
BeFunky Portland Office / FIELDWORK Design & Architecture, © Brian Walker Lee
© Brian Walker Lee

© Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee +10

9 Projects Selected for AIA Education Facility Design Awards

08:00 - 12 August, 2015
William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography
William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of its CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

A variety of project designs, such as public elementary and high schools, charter schools, and higher education facilities, were submitted to the Committee, many of which incorporated “informal and flexible spaces for collaboration and social interaction adjacent to teaching spaces,” as well as staircases with amphitheater or forum designs.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.