« Under the freeway: AIA announces Stitch II ideas competition winners | Main | Design Calendar: July 1-15 »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


It looks beautiful. The real issue is whether the city is willing to pony up the money to build it. I hope they do, but Mayor Hales is a seriously ineffective mayor. I worry that this building may be lost to a "study group".

David Dysert

Indeed it will be a challenge to make this ambitious proposal a reality. Strangely the feature most likely to make this project pencil out is the addition of the two slim towers above each market hall. Yet Snohetta's Dykers clearly did not want to emphasize the towers--in fact Randy Gragg called him out by quoting a critic who coined the term "vertical sprawl". Coincidentally(or not) I believe the city council recently approved up zoning at the bridge heads (Amanda Fritz called it spot zoning bribery for land owners since building height is supposed to taper down to the river). Yet I don't understand people's aversion to adding vertical elements to this project. Using height to create a kind of "gateway" to the bridge heads could be visually compelling. To the broader point of our recent rise of building heights, why is this a surprise to anyone. Portland has for quite some time espoused and codified multiple polices to "grow up not out". Why would anyone be surprised it is now happening? Portland has burnished its reputation in turning plans into reality.

David Dysert

One quick follow up: I have been a vocal critic of the selection of this site since day one but I must say I am impressed with Snohetta's solutions to this most challenged site. Specifically their understanding of acoustics and light show great sensitivity and promise. If they can pull this off it will be a game changer for Portland's ailing old town and waterfront and beyond.


Haha Randy is mad at the height when his Coucil raised the height limit recently for that site? Plus with Portland urban growth boundary it allows for no more stump towers! It's built up not out right? So what's his problem?


The plan view in the article indicates that both ramps looping onto the Morrison Bridge and off of the bridge, have been cut short and run straight out to Morrison and Stark Streets. Have the traffic engineers accepted this modification?

The comments to this entry are closed.

Lead Sponsors


Portland Architecture on Facebook

More writing from Brian Libby


  • StatCounter
Blog powered by Typepad

Paperblogs Network

Google Analytics

  • Google Analytics

Awards & Honors