Register: MAY/11/2018, Submit: MAY/11/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, designers, architects, artists, students, makers, builders, creatives; individually, teams, Fee: Design Museum members: Free, non-members: 30 USD (JAN/18 – MAR/16/2018); Design Museum members: 20 USD, non-members: 75 USD (MAR/17 – MAY/11/2018), Awards: Grand prize 5,000 USD, 2 Runners-up 2,000 USD each; 15 Semi-Finalists 1,000 USD each; PGE (Portland General Electric) Choice: 5 Semi-Finalists – benches installed permanently on-site at World Trade Center Portland; 10 Semi-Finalists – benches installed around Portland
Design brings communities together. Public seating sets the scene for chance encounters, people watching, connecting with nature, or just taking a break. Street Seats is an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Entrants will participate by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Design teams will record and submit their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.
Street Seats provides an opportunity to improve the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Design Museum Portland invites individuals and groups from around the world to design an iconic bench, or ‘street seat’, for the World Trade Center Portland plaza. The area is a lively destination for residents and visitors alike, with access to Portland’s major financial, government, and business institutions, as well as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and a burgeoning tourism district.
The City of Portland has a rich history of artists, makers, and manufacturers flourishing alongside major business, academic, and civic institutions. As Portland continues to grow at an exponential pace, the city is working to prepare for this residential and tourist increase while maintaining its core values in the arts and crafts and “Keeping Portland Weird”. The neighborhood has an expected 5 new hotels opening by 2019, part of the 40% projected increase of hotel room inventory in the city at large.
Downtown Portland is bustling with activity. Street cars, the Max light rail, and buses provide public transit, while many people travel by foot or by bicycle. Visitors and residents alike are flocking to the city because of its walkability, attention to sustainability and the environment, and waterfront access. While Downtown Portland’s growth is leading to increased construction to welcome the influx of people, there is a significant lack of visual placemaking and community engagement stimulation to reflect the area’s vibrancy.
The World Trade Center Portland stands as one of Portland’s architectural icons overlooking the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It is a three-building office complex, connected by a glass-enclosed, elevated walkway that lead visitors from one building to the next as they walk over the streets of Downtown Portland. The facade of the modernist-style buildings consists of graycolored granite. The skywalk is designed with angular white poles and encased in glass.
The World Trade Center Portland is nestled into the historic downtown district, defined by its brick sidewalks, iconic gold water fountains, and ample foliage. Portland is a city defined by its bridges, the Wilammette River, and the surrounding natural landscape. With ample rain in the fall, winter, and spring, and a gorgeously sunny summertime, the city is resilient in all weather conditions and celebrates the greenery provided by the precipitation.