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Snøhetta Designs New Public Market for Portland

Snøhetta has unveiled plans for a flagship public market in Portland - the city's first in over 70 years. Named after a famous chef and Portland native who helped initiate the fresh food movement in the US, the James Beard Public Market will showcase Oregon's best cuisine within an "ambitious civic hub" that will reenergize an underutilized site in Downtown Portland. 

"Linking the city to the river, the market will be an asset for residents and visitors alike," says Snøhetta. The market will feature more than 60 permanent vendors, 30 day tables, full-service restaurants, a teaching kitchen and event space.

ASH + ASH / Hennebery Eddy Architects

  • Architects: Hennebery Eddy Architects
  • Location: 6620 Southeast Ash Court, Portland, OR 97215, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Timothy R. Eddy, AIA
  • Area: 3023.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Josh Partee

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AKQA / GBD Architects

  • Architects: GBD Architects
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
  • Designer: Craig Norman, Agustin Enriquez V
  • Area: 11600.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Peter Eckert

© Peter Eckert © Peter Eckert © Peter Eckert © Peter Eckert

The Portland Building Won’t be Demolished, says Michael Graves

The Portland Building will be saved from the wrecking ball and undergo renovation, Michael Graves, the architect behind the postmodern masterpiece, told A/N blog. “It’s going to be saved,” Graves said to AN. “They told me… They said they are saving the building and not only that but we want you to sit on a committee for the redesign. I would imagine in the next year we’ll do something.” 

The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid's Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats

Last week, Michael Graves attended a public conversation with Randy Gragg, director of The University of Oregon's John Yeon Center to discuss the Portland Building, America's first postmodern building. The discussion centered around the famed, 1980s building’s many problems - “dark, leaky and claustrophobic” interiors,” pedestrian-unfriendly parking garage, and more - asking Graves for his advice on whether the city should update it or tear it down. His response, “The whole idea of tearing the building down, it's like killing a child… I don't know how to react to that.” Read all of Graves’ responses to tenant complaints here on the Oregon Live.

Bridging the Divide: chadbourne + doss’ Scheme “Stitches” Portland Communities with Rec Center Overpasses

© chadbourne + doss
© chadbourne + doss

We’ve all traveled along an interstate overpass. In most cases they are constructed of bleak concrete, tattooed in graffiti, and built with the sole purpose of getting you across lanes of heavy traffic as quickly as possible. They are a bridge at the bare minimum, but what if they provide something more for the communities they connect? 

In a recent ideas competition, AIA Portland called for creative proposals that would best bridge local neighborhoods divided by Interstate 405. The winning entry, “Five Bridges” by chadbourne + doss, posits that the best way to do this is with inhabitable overpasses.

EGWW / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architect

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Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture

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Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

  • Architects: Ankrom Moisan Architects
  • Location: Pearl District, Portland, OR, USA
  • Area: 172000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman

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Has Cycling Hit A Speed Bump?

There are few recent trends in urbanism that have received such widespread support as cycling: many consider cycling the best way for cities to reduce congestion and pollution, make cities more dense and vibrant, and increase the activity and therefore health of citizens. Thus, it's no surprise a number of schemes have been proposed worldwide to promote cycling as an attractive way to get around.

However, recently it seems that many cycling schemes are running into bumpy ground. Read on to find out more.

The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?

In a provocative article, The Atlantic Cities explores the dilemma which Portland currently finds itself in: the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building, one of the most important examples of early postmodernism, requires renovation work to the tune of $95 million; unfortunately, most residents of Portland "really, really hate" the building - as they have since it was constructed in 1983. Should the city spend so much money renovating a building which is unpopular, dysfunctional and poorly built just because of its cultural significance? Read the original article for more.

Tower House / Benjamin Waechter Architect

  • Architects: Benjamin Waechter Architect
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Benjamin Waechter Architect
  • Structural Engineer: Munzing Structural Engineering
  • Constructor: Prutting and Co.
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer

Oakley House / Benjamin Waechter Architect

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

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Ziba Design World Headquarters / Holst Architecture

  • Architects: Holst Architecture
  • Location: 1044 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, USA
  • Team: R&H Construction, Brightworks
  • Area: 76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Stephen Miller

© Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller

AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break... 

Photo by flickr.com/photos/camknows The Portland Building in 1983. Photo by Clausen Meredith via Society of Architectural Historians Photo by flickr.com/photos/sacred_destinations www.greatbuildings.com

AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture

Social justice. How can that be achieved? At Portland State University School of Architecture, faculty and students are exploring just this issue in different forms. Often when people think of Portland or the state of Oregon, images of “crunchy” eco-“warriors” come to mind, but these issues are not simply proxies for a lifestyle or consumer choices. Rather, when discussing people and ecology, the issues are about resources. Specifically, how do humans use and allocate resources to promote fair, well-distributed advancements rather than exploitation, oppression and conspicuous consumption.

Portland State University’s School of Architecture launches Center for Public Interest Design

Portland State University’s School of Architecture has announced the launch of its new Center for Public Interest Design, a research center that aims to investigate and utilize the power of design to make social, economic and environmental change in disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Center is the first of its kind in the nation.