Ben Carstensen

Ben Carstensen

Portland, OR, US


Willamette Market District

A market becomes a place where many can gather at once. Portland has a living room (Pioneer Square), but needs a kitchen. The market will feature organic food from the region including foods found naturally within the Willamette Valley. Multiple restaurants and a micro-brewery will be included in the program,creatingopportunitiestoenjoythespaceatalltimesofthedayandnight.A strong indoor / outdoor connection allows for easy flow to the water and adjacent green spaces.

A water taxi system connects the people of Portland to the city’s major defining element, the Willamette River. The river is beautiful, but is underutilized. The circulation flow on Portland’s many bridges is fantastic, but places people two blocks from the water on both sides. By implementing a new form of transportation, we not only strengthen the market, but also strengthen other waterfront attractions.

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Status: School Project
Location: Portland, OR, US
My Role: Designer