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(October 1, 2014) As we head into the fall, the Street Seats installations from this summer continue to provide outdoor seating at many locations through the City. Two new locations were recently installed at Bonfire Lounge (2821 SE Stark Street, designed by Propel Studio) and Lompoc Brewing (1620 NW 23rd Avenue, by Artifekt Architecture). Portlanders can take advantage of the outdoor seating at most of Portland’s ten Street Seat locations throughout the year though some will be removed during the winter (please check with the local business about seating availability).
In addition, two finalists from the Design Week Portland design competition have been installed outside of the Center for Architecture (403 NW 11th Avenue). They will be in place through the end of October. The installations are a result of collaboration between the Bureau of Transportation and Center for Architecture in their second annual Street Seat Design Competition. Of 17 submissions received from across the country addressing the theme ‘Active Streets,' two finalists were chosen to be installed as part of a six week installation outside of the Center for Architecture. The winning submissions were developed by Hennebery Eddy Architects (“Log Dam”) and Scott Edwards Architects (“A Dialogue”). Construction costs were covered by sponsor Hoffman Construction. The installations will find new homes along NE Alberta Street in the spring.
Now in its third year, Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that allows businesses and non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park. Based on similar programs in San Francisco and New York City, the program enlivens the streetscape by creating spaces for Portlanders to enjoy seating and a meal or drink outdoors, which in turn enhances street vitality and benefits local businesses.
A map of Portland’s collection of Street Seats can be found by clicking here.
See more photos of the 2014 Street Seats on Flickr.
More information about City of Portland’s Street Seat program can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/streetseats.