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The Complete City: Imagined - A Design Competition to Celebrate Portland, Maine

16:35 - 9 May, 2019
The Complete City: Imagined - A Design Competition to Celebrate Portland, Maine

In 2017, the Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) asked citizens and visitors to provide their vision of Portland on blank maps of the city. PSA distributed these maps as a tool to encourage civic engagement in defining Portland. The completed maps offer unique perspectives and insight into how the city might grow and flourish.

2019 Young Architect Conference

05:30 - 7 May, 2019
2019 Young Architect Conference, Courtesy of Michael Riscica
Courtesy of Michael Riscica

Have you heard of architect Michael Riscica? Radical blogger, podcast host, and educator, Riscica empowers architects-in-the-making. You may have met him on one of his speaking tours where he visited over 50 cities to speak on topics like entrepreneurship and the architect exam. We even featured him as an ARE prep expert here at ArchDaily. Now, Riscica onto his latest groundbreaking venture: The Young Architect Conference.

Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture

19:00 - 22 April, 2019
Flex Commercial Building / LEVER Architecture, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 14

Autodesk HQ / Mackenzie

18:00 - 28 December, 2018
Autodesk HQ / Mackenzie, © Christian Columbres Photography
© Christian Columbres Photography

© Christian Columbres Photography © Christian Columbres Photography © Christian Columbres Photography © Christian Columbres Photography + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, OR, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Cesar Villanueva, Dietrich Wieland, Alexis Bauer, Thomas Kay, Kelly Justice, Suzannah Stanley, Spencer Roedel
  • Area

    60000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Albina Yard / LEVER Architecture

12:00 - 21 December, 2018
Albina Yard / LEVER Architecture, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 14

Karl Miller Center, Portland State University / Behnisch Architekten + SRG Partnership

14:00 - 19 November, 2018
Karl Miller Center, Portland State University / Behnisch Architekten + SRG Partnership, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf + 26

Expensify Portland Office / ZGF Architects

10:00 - 3 October, 2018
Expensify Portland Office / ZGF Architects, © Garrett Rowland
© Garrett Rowland

© Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland © Garrett Rowland + 18

Fair-Haired Dumbbell / FFA Architecture and Interiors

12:00 - 20 September, 2018
Fair-Haired Dumbbell / FFA Architecture and Interiors, © Peter Eckert
© Peter Eckert

Courtesy of FFA © Peter Eckert © Peter Eckert © Peter Eckert + 18

Division Street Residence / Emerick Architects

13:00 - 25 August, 2018
Division Street Residence / Emerick Architects, © Lincoln Barbour
© Lincoln Barbour

© Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Melody Emerick, Brian Emerick, Geno Salimena
  • Construction

    Right Angle Construction
  • Structure

    SCE Structural
  • Landscape Architect

    Samuel H. Williamson Associates
  • Area

    10.883 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Oregon Becomes the First State to Legalize Mass Timber High Rises

16:00 - 17 August, 2018
Oregon Becomes the First State to Legalize Mass Timber High Rises, Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to allow timber buildings to rise higher than six stories without special consideration. The recent addendum to the state's building code is the result of Oregon’s statewide alternate method (SAM), a program that allows for alternate building techniques to be used after an advisory council has approved the “technical and scientific facts of the proposed alternate method.” The decision stands as a precedent for future construction across the United States.

Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture + 4

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates

20:00 - 17 June, 2018
Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 12

Facade of Michael Graves' Postmodernist Portland Building Dismantled in Preparation for Recladding

16:20 - 9 March, 2018
The Portland Building under construction. Image © Iain MacKenzie. via Docomomo
The Portland Building under construction. Image © Iain MacKenzie. via Docomomo

Work has begun on the dismantling of the facade of Michael Graves’ iconic Portland Building, part of a $195 million project that could see the building lose its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Portland Building under construction. Image © Iain MacKenzie. via Docomomo The teal tiles have been removed from the building podium.. Image © Joakim Lord. via Docomomo The facades signature classical elements will be replaced with reformed aluminum. Image © Joakim Lord. via Docomomo A rendering of the future Portland Building. Image via Next Portland + 5

New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building

14:00 - 14 February, 2018
New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building , Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture
Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture

New renderings have been revealed of Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture’s plans for the new Broadway Corridor in Portland, showcasing the full masterplan for the first time. Conceived as a new mixed-use district and transportation hub connecting Union Station and the Pearl District, the Broadway Corridor will feature the city’s new tallest and one of the west coast’s tallest buildings.

TreeHouse / LEVER Architecture

11:00 - 14 February, 2018
TreeHouse / LEVER Architecture, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

Courtesy of LEVER Architecture © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, OR, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Thomas Robinson, Jonathan Heppner, Doug Sheets
  • Area

    45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Siskiyou House / Beebe Skidmore Architects

13:00 - 15 January, 2018
Siskiyou House / Beebe Skidmore Architects, © BuiltPhoto
© BuiltPhoto

© Bruce Wolf © BBSKD © Bruce Wolf © Bruce Wolf + 19

HOMB | Taft House / Skylab Architecture

10:00 - 14 December, 2017
HOMB | Taft House / Skylab Architecture, © skylab
© skylab

© skylab © skylab © skylab © skylab + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jeff Kovel
  • Area

    3930.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

William Kaven Architecture Reveals Proposal for Portland's Tallest Building

16:30 - 20 November, 2017
Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture
Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture

William / Kaven and Kaven + Co. have unveiled plans for a bridged mixed-use skyscraper development that, if built, would become the tallest building in Portland, Oregon.

The project would replace the city’s soon-to-be-demolished USPS headquarters with a new 5-million-square-foot development consisting of multiple high-rise buildings containing facilities for retail, office, residential and a hotel.

The plan is organized around two central skyscrapers, the taller of which would top out at over 970 feet – more than foot feet taller than the city’s current tallest building, the Wells Fargo Center. The two skyscrapers would be linked at 680 feet high by a 236-foot-long glass-walled bridge housing a skygarden and offering unparallelled views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

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?