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.
One of the most intriguing components of the Street Seats design challenge is the multifaceted entry requirements. Along with sketches and renderings, each entrant is required to submit a physical 1/8 scale model – an opportunity for the judges to evaluate workmanship and envision the full-scale design. Hundreds of these entries have been submitted from around the world, from which the Jury will select 15 Semi-Finalists to fabricate and install their one-of-a-kind designs.
Join us the evening of June 7th for the Model Gallery Opening Reception and Semi-Finalist announcement! The hundreds of Street Seats models will be showcased; a unique opportunity to see the scope of the design talent participating in the competition. Be the first to see the designs that will create the Street Seats exhibition this summer, complete with refreshments and your fellow design enthusiasts.
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.