Celebrate international, impactful design with a preview of Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities!
Designers from around the world have spent the past four months reimagining the public bench for a chance to be one of 15 Semi-Finalists at the World Trade Center Portland this summer.
The Street Seats design challenge invited participants from around the world to reimagine the public bench. Entries were submitted from 24 countries and 22 U.S. states by students, firms, and individuals for a chance to be one of 15 chosen designs to be fabricated and installed around the World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. These creatives have spent the past six months reimagining a sustainable, unique, aesthetically-pleasing public bench that embraces and enhances the vibrancy of Downtown Portland.
A Jury of design and sustainability experts have reviewed each entry to determine the chosen designs. The evening of June 7th will feature the announcement of the 15 Semi-Finalists as attendees browse the hundreds of bench models that were submitted to the design challenge. Don’t miss this unique event featuring the scope of the design talent participating in the competition, complete with refreshments and your fellow design enthusiasts.
Join us the evening of June 7th from 6-9pm at World Trade Center Portland for a celebration of international design!
About Street Seats
Street Seats is an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Entrants will participate by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Design teams will record and submit their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.
Street Seats provides an opportunity to improve the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Individuals and groups from around the world design an iconic bench, or ‘street seat,’ for the World Trade Center Portland plaza. The area is a lively destination for residents and visitors alike, with access to Portland’s major financial, government, and business institutions, as well as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and a burgeoning tourism district.