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A+ on the design. A good combination of artful lines, warmth of materials, and human scale.

Two questions, though. One, what is the timeline for all three projects? I noticed that none of their previous projects seem to be quite of this caliber.

And, is the PDC involved in this at all? I'm just wondering how much of a connection there is between that agency's heavy involvement over on MLK and the fact that so many projects on that street are stalled or far behind schedule.


These look like great projects. Nice scale, form and texture. They both have a very human scale to them and connect with the street well without resorting to faux historical flourishes. I especially like the Backbridge Lofts townhouse looking units on the right side of the rendering. I think the townhouse is one of the most disappointing forms of architecture in Portland with most being vanilla suburban style gabled boxes. It's nice to see someone do them right.


Funny, I just ran across the new building - mixed use, 4 stories - down on 44th and Division today.

These projects, by comparison have a very different sense of scale & texture that I am concerned tend to be lacking in a lot of other infill projects. Seems like they will probably be setting the bar higher for the community...

I wonder how sticking with the modern/minimalist design approach will keep architecture limited in this area... I'm betting there is a lot of pressure by developers on their architects to design along these lines, as they are proving more & more to be very successful.

Would love to see some really crazy stuff come out, however...

Oh well. Kudos to the designers, these projects look great! Course, the curse of renderings...


Justin, I'm not sure "really crazy stuff" is a good idea for these types of infill projects as it would tend to polarize the neighboors more than infill already does. I think the best thing about these designs is they are warm and connect on a human level without resorting to faux historic architecture.

Now I'd like to see some crazy stuff in the Llyod or central east side between MLK and SE 14th. That area has very little existing housing and could be very cool with some more radical designs (think Jumptown Tower proposal).


FWIW, Steve Beaven pronounces his last name to rhyme with "heaven," not Steven.


The Backbridge Lofts are going to suck ass!!! Go back to California!!

Brian Libby

Mervin, it's OK to have criticism, but it'd be more effective if you didn't sound like a 13 year old bigot.


44th & Division is a Holst Architecture project not PATH--just to set the record straight. Another similar project is going up at 26th & Division called the Clinton Condominiums (under construction now). The mix of wood slats, light/white colored stucco are aesthetically calming. I am personally excited to see what BOTH these firms do next.


They've pulled the plug on Backbridge Station. The project is killed.

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