Portland competition asks designers to cap an urban interstate with an “urban living room”

AIA Portland ideas competition - STITCH (AIA Portland)

AIA Portland ideas competition – STITCH (AIA Portland)

Los Angeles isn’t the only city exploring freeway caps. In effort to bring more green space to the west side of the City of Roses, the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a competition, STITCH. They are calling designers to submit their ideas for capping a portion of I-405 between downtown and the city’s Goose Hollow neighborhood.

The proposed site (Google Maps 2013 via AIA Portland)

The proposed site (Google Maps 2013 via AIA Portland)

“The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together” said AIA Portland in the competition brief.

The proposed site is one city block, 200 feet by 200 feet. The program is open, although AIA Portland recommends including a variety of public space programs and accommodating for multi-modal transportation access. Read more at Portland Architecture. Submissions are due by April 28th, and the winning design will be announced on May 16th.

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