Loop PDX: Connect Portland’s Central City

Submission: February 29, 2016
Registration: February 12, 2016
Language: English
Location: Portland, USA
Prizes: 1st Prize: $20,000
Type: Open


The University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape and Design Week Portland invite proposals to define, design, and bring to life Portland’s proposed “green loop”—a six-mile pedestrian/ bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.

The winner(s) will receive up to $20,000 to further develop and implement schemes. Proposed by the Portland Planning Bureau in the Central City 2035 Plan, the loop offers a potentially powerful new means of thinking about and traveling through the city. Connecting the two sides of the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridges and Tilikum Crossing, the loop will link the Pearl District/ Old Town, West End, Cultural District, PSU, South Auditorium, South Waterfront, OMSI, Central Eastside and Lloyd District. It can be a linear path, a series of connected places, or both: one loop, many expressions, designed for and made by Portlanders.


  • Amplify neighborhood character
  • Create recreation opportunities
  • Connect the inner and outer city
  • Invite conversations between strangers
  • Create memories
  • Experiment
  • Play
  • Make new public places fast
  • Re-envision the city


1. Physical Intervention

For architects, urban designers, landscape architects, makers and others interested in designing built pieces, the goal is to create places. Deliverables should explore a single or multiple sites along the loop. Your submission should propose specific art, furniture, signage, and other ingredients that will create dynamic public space—fast.

2. Strategy

For communication designers and strategists, the goal is to build an identity for implementing the green loop. Deliverables should excite the public about the overall concept . A logo is not the desired outcome. Rather, your submission should propose an approach for communicating the opportunities of the loop.

3. Both

Make a place that exemplifies a strategy. Design a strategy and make an example.


The larger loop proposed by the Portland Bureau of Planning connects the Broadway Bridge and Tilikum Crossing with several optional paths through the city. Competing designers and teams are strongly encouraged to focus on the proposed alignments. There are no limits on what sites might be identified for projects. (See Appendix A).

Portland Bureau of Planning, however, has identified five sites for future study (see Appendix B) that are worthy of consideration for proposals. Each represents a transition point, a place where people may experience a view a gathering place or simply a change from one urban character, street, or building pattern to another.



To be submitted in person or by mail on DVD or thumb drive to: JOHN YEON CENTER UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND 70 NW COUCH ST PORTLAND, OR 97214

Payable to UO John Yeon Center or register online at DesignWeekPortland.com/Competition

1-page PDF: name, firm name (if applicable), address, email address, phone number Title of project Firm logo (if applicable) 800 x 600 px

Must have no name or logo or images of submitting individual or team PDF version (for jury)

• Deck: up to 30 slides in a single, PDF file, 30 MB maximum size

• Page dimensiosn: 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 17” (landscape), 300dpi.

JPEG versions (for online viewing)

• 10 MB maximum size
• Image dimension: 800 x 600 px (landscape), 96dpi.

Suggested content:

  • Concept Sketches (must be anonymous)
  • Narrative of up to 1000 words describing proposals response to five themes.
  • One or more representation(s) of the design proposal.
  • Diagrams and other visuals demonstrating the proposal’s response to the competition’s five themesAll materials must be in English or with English subtitles incorporated. The Design Statement and design statement and concept sketches must be anonymous and any indication of the design team in these components will cause the entry to be disqualified with no refund of admission fee.

Go to the competition’s website