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STITCH: an AIA Portland ideas Competition

April 19, 2014

ABSTRACT:

Density in the urban environment drives a need for the community to consider often overlooked spaces created by infrastructure as infill potential. Modern vehicle conveyance structures create a natural shelter from the elements and a typically “undesirable” area. We pass through or feel threatened by their cold and brutal existence. Consider how to re-stitch this urban fabric to create activated space from this underused resource.

 

This competition calls for ideas to successfully inhabit the unused land under the I-405 bridge, connecting the bustling Pearl District with the NW Alphabet neighborhood. We are looking for extraordinary, creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban opportunity. The precise program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of transitional housing, short term shelters, homeless services, public space, and other related programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context, needs of the city, and needs of the homeless population.

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Sincere thanks to Walsh Construction for supporting this event.

REGISTER:

Please register early as more information will be given after registration is complete. We have a folder with background information, cad drawings and photos of the site that will be emailed to you upon registration.

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SITE:

The site sits under I-405 between NW Lovejoy St. and NW Kearney St. and connects the Pearl District with the Alphabet neighborhood. Streetcar transit travels along the north side of the site on Lovejoy while the east and west edges are active bike routes.

Project Site: 200’-0” x 200’-0”

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Image Courtesy of Google Maps 2015

 

ENTRY FEE:

$50 for professionals

$25 for students

 

PRIZES:

1st Place $500

2nd Place $200

3rd Place$100

Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and Center For Architecture Gallery.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Competition Registration Starts: April 3rd

Additional information will be given as part of the registration process. Please register early to receive the supporting documents and info.

  • Submissions Due: June 1st – 5:00 PM PST

  • Jury Deliberations: June 5th

  • Winner Announcement and Celebration: June 9th at 5:30pm at the Center for Architecture

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS*:

  • PDF format – AS A SINGLE FILE no larger than 10 MB

    • 11×17 (at least 150 dpi)

    • landscape format

    • name your file as: ProjectTitle_EventbriteReceiptNumber.pdf

  • 8 Pages Max (can submit less)

        • 1st Page = Project Description

          • Project Title

          • Project Description Text

          • No identifying logos, words or graphics

        • Pages 2-7 = Project images

          • up to 6 pages of graphics to describe your design intent

          • can include diagrams, infographics, text, renderings, plans, sections, photographs, etc. – whatever you need to best illustrate your design intent.

          • No identifying logos, words or graphics on the images

        • Last Page = Identification Form

          • Name of Firm, and/or project team members

          • eventbrite receipt number

          • email address

          • phone number

          • mailing address (optional)

          • website (optional)

            * any submission that does not meet the above requirements may be disqualified at our discretion.

    JURY:

 

CONTACT:

  • competitions@aiaportland.com

STITCH 2014 WINNERS:

On May 16th 2014 the AIA Portland held an event at the Center for Architecture to announce the winners of the STITCH ideas competition. Thank you to everyone who shared their creative ideas for the site over I-405 and everyone who came out to the awards event. It was an incredible turnout and we are proud of the interest this competition sparked in the design community. We received over 40 submissions with a wide range of creative solutions to this urban problem. The jury shortlisted about 10 entries and from those selected three winners. We are working on compiling the winners and shortlisted entries into a book that we can send to the City of Portland and other local agencies to hopefully inspire some ideas for future development. When this book is finished we will make it available for download on this page.

In general the Jury looked for concepts that were provocative, were graphically beautiful and somehow engaged the larger urban area beyond the borders of the singe site itself. We will be having a couple of the Jury members write a brief summary for the book. In the meantime, Below are the winning entries:

1.  5 BRIDGES
chadbourne + doss architects
email: seattle@chadbournedoss.com
phone: 206.860.1975
www.chadbournedoss.com

2.  CONVERGE
Brad Smith and Alex Zelaya
email: bradley.whit.smith@gmail.com
phone: 805.704.0734

3.  SPIRIT OF PLACE
Daniel Liggett PLA and Danny O’Brian PLA
email: liggettldaniel@gmail.com
phone: 765.561.0718

 

THE COMPETITION: 

ABSTRACT:

As the City of Portland continues to grow we find ourselves needing urban living rooms to offer space that is open and free for the public to use and gather. Pioneer Square is a great success as an urban space for the city, but as the population grows more public squares are needed. The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together. The square caps the highway, bridges between the downtown core and the growing neighborhood around Providence Park, and offers a perfect place for events related to both. This location is located along the max line integrating it with the entire City both near and far. Portlanders need urban space to express themselves, gather, protest, people watch, eat and generally contribute to community health and well-being.

This competition calls for ideas on ways to successfully cap I-405, bridging the downtown to Goose Hollow and the Stadium district. We are looking for extraordinary creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban problem. The program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of public space with other programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context and needs of the city. We encourage each proposal to address multi-modal transportation within the project.

SITE:

Image Courtesy of Google Maps 2013

The site sits over I-405 between SW Yamhill St. and SW Morrison St. and bridges the downtown core with the Goose Hollow neighborhood. Light rail transit travels along both the north and south sides of the site on Yamhill and Morrison streets while the east and west edges are active bike routes.
Project Site: 200’-0” x 200’-0”

ENTRY:

This ideas competition is open to all including students and professionals, architects and engineers, landscape architects and urban designers. You can enter as an individual, as a team or as a firm.  You can also submit as many entires as you wish although you will have to pay an additional entree fee for each one.

  • $25 for students & unemployed designers
  • $50 for professionals

PRIZES:

  • 1st Place – $500 + 2 Architecture Books donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 2nd Place – $200 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 3rd Place – $100 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press

Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and be displayed at a local Gallery space, as well as on talkitect.com. We will also be sending press releases to local newspapers and/or magazines as well as national architecture publications.

DATES:

  • Competition Registration Starts: March 17th
  • Submissions Due: April 28th – 5:00 PM PST
  • Jury Deliberations: April 28th – May 16th
  • Winner Announced: May 16th
  • Celebration: May 16th

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS*:

  1. 6 Images max
    • Jpg format
    • 2550 pixels wide by 1650 pixels tall (11×17 at 150 ppi in Landscape format)
  2. Project Description (Provided text file – fill out and attached as a separate file)
    • Project Title (less than 140 characters – tweetable)
    • 150 word max exec summary
    • 500 word max description
  3. Identification Form – (Provided text file) – fill out and attached as a separate file
    • Design Team names
    • Contact Email
    • Contact Phone
    • Website (optional)

No identifying logos, words or graphics on the images or project description

* any submission that does not meet the above requirements may be disqualified at our discretion.

JURY:

  • TBA – Allied Works
  • Carrie Strickland – Works Partnership
  • Becca Cavell – THA
  • Martin Glastra van Loon – Otak Inc.
  • Zari Santner – Portland Parks
  • Susan Anderson – Director of Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

 

CONTACT:

For questions email: competitions@aiaportland.org

Sponsors:
AIA Portland | Emerging Professionals Committee
AIA Portland | Committee On The Environment
Center for Architecture Oregon
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