DESIGN EVENTS

Get the Inside Story of Tilikum Crossing, Portland's Newest Urban Icon

Three designers delve into the creation of the car-free bridge.

04/27/2015 By Randy Gragg

URBAN DESIGN

Why Portland Desperately Needs More Urban Density

An in-depth look at one architect's bold argument for how Portland should plan to double its population

04/27/2015 By Rick Potestio

FEATURE

Is South Waterfront Portland's Next Great Neighborhood?

Powered by an ambitious new vision, the glossy, glassy, high-rise experiment down by the river is finally turning into a real neighborhood. The question is, what kind?

04/27/2015 By Nancy Rommelmann

BIG PICTURE

The Rise of Park Avenue West

After failed dreams and a family feud, a 30-floor building is set to be Portland's fourth-tallest.

06/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

EDITOR'S NOTE

What's So Bad About Urban Density?

As Portlanders fret over our current upward growth spurt, some perspective from across the Pacific eases one writer's angst.

05/12/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

The Jade District: East Side, Redefined

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

Lloyd District: Ecotopia

With a new lush public plaza and major face-lift for the aging mall, Portland’s first “ecodistrict” will be a lean, green, sustainable machine.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

North Pearl: Going Up?

The Pearl District's north end is shaping up to house some of the tallest housing projects in Portland history.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

Burnside Bridgehead: Designer's Disneyland

Portland's most adventurous architecture firms have imagine four new buildings for the crossroads of E Burnside Street and Grand Avenue.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

Plotting Portland's New Skyline

As they look to Portland’s future, urban planners see the city of someday: in this case, 2035.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

DISPATCH

Willamette Falls' Next Move

The rezoning of the Blue Heron Paper Mill site may signal a new era for Oregon City.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

THE NEXT PORTLAND

A Bigger Portland is On Its Way—And Here's What It Will Look Like

It's taller, shinier, pointier (or boxier), denser, busier, greener, and more ambitious (or, sometimes, just greedier). Get ready.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg

FREE STUFF

Fun Free Tools for Map Geeks

A fun, free mapping tool lets you transport the borders of Portland to anywhere else in the Google-mapped world, and see how your favorite places compare.

05/10/2013 Photography by Kristin Belz

EDITOR'S NOTE

Watershed Politics

Lawrence Halprin's designs for Keller Fountain and the farms and vineyards of the Willamette Valley

05/01/2013 By Randy Gragg

FEATURE

Pushing Boundaries

Four decades ago, Gov. Tom McCall asked the Willamette Valley's citizens how they wanted Oregon's heartland to look in 30 years. We may need to ask again.

05/01/2013 By Randy Gragg

SLIDE SHOW

Park Blocks of PDX and D.C.

The Park Blocks of our young city rank with those in the Nation's Capital, a.k.a. the National Mall.

02/11/2013 By Kristin Belz

Around Town

City Brainstorming

Lots of goals and metrics, but where's the design in the Portland Plan?

05/28/2012 By Kristin Belz

Around Town

Of Mad Men and City Plans

A long lost short film made by the AIA in 1965 offers a useful comparison to today’s city planning.

05/05/2012 By Kristin Belz

LIVING HERE

Nimby Nation

Neighborhoods are PDX’s secret superpower.

03/16/2012 By Amanda Waldroupe

Home Hunt

Growin’ and Groovin’ in Cully Grove

Orange Splot keeps trees and plants seeds of a new green community in Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

11/12/2011 By Kristin Belz