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TreeHouse / LEVER Architecture

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

Apartments  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project LEVER Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Siskiyou House / Beebe Skidmore Architects

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

Houses  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Beebe Skidmore Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

HOMB | Taft House / Skylab Architecture

© skylab © skylab © skylab © skylab + 19

Houses  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Skylab Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

William Kaven Architecture Reveals Proposal for Portland's Tallest Building

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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)

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 Architecture

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Houses  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Scott | Edwards Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Small Scale  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project LOS OSOS
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

One North / Holst Architecture

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

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Holst Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Smith Optics Design Studio Headquarters / FFA Architecture and Interiors

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

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

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

Renovation  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Present Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

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

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

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

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

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Offices  · 
Portland, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Bora Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014