DHM’s Carbondale office recently produced an entry for the Loop PDX design competition as a part of Design Week Portland, organized by the University of Oregon and Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Of the 63 registered entries, we’re proud to be one of the five finalists that were selected.
Proposed as a loop to connect Portland’s Central City, the 6-mile pedestrian and bicycle “Green Loop” concept links the city’s east and west sides, touching numerous established places along the way.
Working mostly after-hours during the months of January and February, the Carbondale office collaborated with Geoff Taylor in the Denver office, as well as a multi-disciplinary team composed of artist Tad Savinar, Hennebery Eddy Architects, and CH2M Hill to produce an imaginative and visionary design proposal to be implemented in the year 2035. Our team’s submittal featured an intensively forested New Park Blocks concept, uprooting entire blocks and adjacent SE 6th/7th Avenues to create a car-free linear space for a future Portland 100 years from now. Other proposed design elements include a large urban farm, a land bridge park over I-84, a welcome monument downtown, a “living wall” corridor connecting the existing park blocks downtown, a suspended art canopy helping to guide users through an uninviting tangle of overhead freeways, and a series of futuristic watering holes providing filtered rainwater, ionized air, and a blast of mood-altering full spectrum light. Sound appealing? We think so!