STITCH: an AIA Portland ideas Competition

Submission: June 01, 2015
Registration June 01, 2015
Language: English
Location Portland, USA
Prizes1st 500 $, 2nd 200 $, 3rd Prize 100 $


This competition calls for ideas to successfully inhabit the unused land under the I-405 bridge, connecting the bustling Pearl District with the NW Alphabet neighborhood. We are looking for extraordinary, creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban opportunity.

The precise program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of transitional housing, short term shelters, homeless services, public space, and other related programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context, needs of the city, and needs of the homeless population.

Density in the urban environment drives a need for the community to consider often overlooked spaces created by infrastructure as infill potential. Modern vehicle conveyance structures create a natural shelter from the elements and a typically “undesirable” area. We pass through or feel threatened by their cold and brutal existence. Consider how to re-stitch this urban fabric to create activated space from this underused resource.

The site sits under I-405 between NW Lovejoy St. and NW Kearney St. and connects the Pearl District with the Alphabet neighborhood. Streetcar transit travels along the north side of the site on Lovejoy while the east and west edges are active bike routes.
Project Site size: 200’-0” x 200’-0”

$50 for professionals
$25 for students

1st Place $500
2nd Place $200
3rd Place$100
Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and Center For Architecture Gallery.

Competition Registration Starts: April 3rd
Additional information will be given as part of the registration process. Please register early to receive the supporting documents and info.
Submissions Due: June 1st – 5:00 PM PST
Jury Deliberations: June 5th
Winner Announcement and Celebration: June 9th at 5:30pm at the Center for Architecture Portland

PDF format – AS A SINGLE FILE no larger than 10 MB
11×17 (at least 150 dpi)
landscape format
name your file as: ProjectTitle_EventbriteReceiptNumber.pdf
8 Pages Max (can submit less)
1st Page = Project Description
Project Title
Project Description Text
No identifying logos, words or graphics
Pages 2-7 = Project images
up to 6 pages of graphics to describe your design intent
can include diagrams, infographics, text, renderings, plans, sections, photographs, etc. – whatever you need to best illustrate your design intent.
No identifying logos, words or graphics on the images
Last Page = Identification Form
Name of Firm, and/or project team members
eventbrite receipt number
email address
phone number
mailing address (optional)
website (optional)
* any submission that does not meet the above requirements may be disqualified at our discretion.

Dave Otte – Holst Architecture
Don Stastny – StastnyBrun Architects
Earl Blumenauer – Representative US Congress
Jill Sherman – Gerding Edlen
Margarette Leite – Assistant Professor – PSU

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