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Wow! If they could get this to pencil out, it would be alot of fun. Indoor surfing in Portland would be awesome and I would definately want a membership to this place.

The urban design moves/massing seem very sensible and could work well with a different program-- if that had to happen later down the road. Nicely done PASCAR team!

In a way, their solution is really simple: add density to One Center Court, and make the parking zone to the north a mixed use part of the city. Two thumbs way up from me.


as the anchoring added program i'm not sure how a world-class wave pool is 'backwards' and a museum to nike-sponsored athletes is not.

Steve L.

I agree with the underlying premise about the shifting popularity of sports and need for this type of facility.

The artificial river could be a very interesting feature, like a giant Ira Keller Fountain. I would like to see the river lowered to street level or at times below street level, so it could be seen and accessed more easily by pedestrian traffic. If done right, the river would attract people to the area, like an extreme version of Jamison Park. It would also be nice if the river meandered over to Broadway and back into the complex so it would be seen from Broadway, as part of a more inviting Broadway entrance.


This is my favorite so far. Btw, It seems like the smART tower would be ideal to be apart of the RQ development.


Definitely my favorite so far. It preserves the interior of the MC, the overall design seems to look like it would work well, the idea of a resort hotel with the wave pool and such is very interesting and would probably get alot of use from people of all ages. Also another nice factor with this is how sustainability seems to be playing a part in this design. The past three designs didnt seem like this was ever really addressed, which if Portland is going to have any massive projects constructed, it would seem wrong not to have this be apart of the focus.


While I am not compelled by the images that I am seeing in the proposal, I think the idea of a water centered entertainment district sounds like a lot of fun.
I have kids and they just love the community pools. I think they will need to keep kids in mind for this as well. How about swimming lessons for the kids while mom and dad go surfing? If they could figure out a way to get sunlight indoors for our long grey winters, my wife would be happy.
If this were an option, I think the pools will need to be able to open to the outdoors as well. I don't want to see a huge shopping mall with a wave pool at the center.
Get people living and working in the area as well.
I said this before, but get some local design talent on this project.


Stephen, I think the design team is local. If you click on the links, you'll see.


Hmmm. . . Yes! A water centered entertainment zone! I'm thinking something like "It's a Small World" at Disneyland. Where people could float through on kayaks, while singing Kumbaya and watching skate punks perform routines. Unquestionably Portland.

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