PORT is a leading edge urban design and public realm consultancy based in Chicago that specializes in the analysis, visioning, design and implementation of new forms of collective urban space.
The practice synthesizes disciplinary expertise in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, ecology and urban planning in order to provide the hybrid model of design services necessary to negotiate today’s increasingly complex public realm challenges. Established by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell in 2010, PORT has evolved into one of the most innovative public realm design practices operating in the U.S. today.
Recent projects include:
- Design development for the Main Ave Connector, an expressive series of elements that transform the currently dark, uninviting underpass beneath the historic Main Avenue Bridge in Cleveland (Cleveland Downtown Alliance)
- The design and construction of a 10-acre intergenerational recreation and play venue in Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park (Denver Parks and Recreation)
- A research study for the Wasted Market project in conjunction with Archeworks, a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design school with a social agenda (Archeworks)
- A provocative proposal for Chicago's lakefront, that strategizes the creation of 130-acre public waterfront (Chicago Architecture Biennial)
In addition to the practice’s own work, the partners bring a significant body of expertise from prior senior-level positions in both New York and Chicago. Further, Mr. Marcinkoski and Mr. Moddrell also hold academic appointments, in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Landscape Architecture and the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture, respectively.
The office was recently part of the advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural “Our Town” initiative that awarded more than $6.5 million to be invested in communities that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy.