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• Landscape Architect Megan Born joins PORT
• PORT continues Masterplan of Knoxville Battlefield Loop, begins Quarry Lake project with Sanders Pace Architecture
• PORT initiates Wa$ted Market Research and Market Analysis Study for Archeworks in Chicago
• Marcinkoski lectures in Chicago; Born to speak at the AIA Minnesota Convention
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PORT Completes Design Development for the Main Ave Connector

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, was recently presented to the public. Since being awarded the project in October 2015, the project has developed through continual dialogue with the Cleveland Downtown Alliance and a series of meetings with area stakeholders.

Visit the Cleveland Downtown Alliance website for more information on the project.

The Main Ave Connector was also featured on Cleveland.com.

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PORT's Andrew Moddrell Discusses the Big Shift on the New City Podcast 

Andrew Moddrell discusses the ideas behind PORT's Big Shift proposal with Zach Mortice and Ben Schulman, hosts of the New City Podcast: "A Lot You Got To Holler, Episode 3: Immodest Proposals for Chicago's Lakefront."
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Rolland Rome Prize Winner

PORT co-founder Christopher Marcinkoski has been awarded the 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture by the American Academy in Rome. Marcinkoski is currently in Rome pursuing advanced independent work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation.
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PORT Kicks-off a New Project in Knoxville with Sanders Pace Architecture

PORT and Sanders Pace Architecture kicked-off a new project in Knoxville Tennessee, a vibrant city that has been on a mission to revitalize itself. Knoxville is currently seen as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S.
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Paco Sanchez Park Breaking Ground in the Late Summer

Paco Sanchez Park is scheduled to break ground later this summer, providing an innovative play experience in a diverse community near the Mile High Stadium in Denver. The project has been developed through a collaboration with Dig Studio and Independent Architecture.
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PORT’s Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell present "What Defines a City?" at the Chicago Ideas Week Unlock Your Creativity in 90 Minutes or Less Event

As the Chicago Ideas Week Artist-in-Residence, Marcinkoski and Moddrell present a series of frameworks that guide how PORT Urbanism approaches urban design.
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March 11th, 2016
PORT's Andrew Moddrell featured in the New City "Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2016." (LINK)

March 2nd, 2016
PORT co-founder Andrew Moddrell discusses the need for a vision to create opportunities out of the many challenges that exist with the South Works site on Chicago's southern lakefront. (LINK).

February 25th, 2016
PORT unveils the design development of the Main Ave Connector in a public presentation at the Aloft Cleveland Downtown hotel. (LINK).

February 16th, 2016
PORT co-founder Andrew Moddrell discusses The Big Shift on New City's podcast, "A Lot You Got To Holler, Episode 3: Immodest Proposals for Chicago's Lakefront." (LINK).

January 11th, 2016
Goose Island Vision 2025, developed through a collaboration between PORT and R2 Companies, is featured in Dezeen Magazine. (LINK).

January 8th, 2016
PORT's "The Big Shift" featured in WIRED Japan. (LINK).

January 7th, 2016
Streetsblog Chicago discusses the new transportation infrastructure proposed by PORT and R2 Companies in the "Goose Island Vision 2025." (LINK).

October 20th, 2015
Andrew Moddrell discusses PORT's "The Big Shift" as part of a panel for the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, organized by Iker Gil. (LINK).

October 18th, 2015
PORT's "The Big Shift" is featured in WIRED. (LINK).

October 12th, 2015
As part of a Chicago Architecture Biennial Spotlight, Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell presented PORT's "The Big Shift" project to Chicago Ideas Week participants. (LINK).

October 12th, 2015
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell present at the Chicago Ideas Week feature event, "Unlock Your Creativity in 90 Minutes or Less." (LINK).

September 29th, 2015
Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) names PORT Urbanism as Artist-in-Residence for 2015. The "Thick City Pavilion" will celebrate Chicago's rich and layered past, present, and future with an interactive design that the public can explore. (LINK).

June 20th, 2015
Goose Island Vision 2025, developed through a collaboration between PORT and R2 Companies, is featured in Crain's. (LINK).

April 28th, 2015
PORT was on of three firms selected from more than fifty submissions to develop a proposal for the transformation of the Main Avenue Bridge Underpass in Cleveland, Ohio. A final design presentation will be held in mid July and a winner will be announced by the end of the month. (LINK).

April 22nd, 2015
PORT co-founder Christopher Marcinkoski has been awarded the 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture by the American Academy in Rome. Winners are invited to Rome to pursue advanced independent work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. (LINK).

March 27th, 2015
PORT’s work with Theaster Gates featured in his recent TED Talk: "How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art." (LINK).

March 25th, 2015
PORT's LA River Greenway 2020 work is featured in WIRED. (LINK)

March 18th, 2015
Andrew Moddrell presented PORT's work at AIA Chicago on behalf of the Regional and Urban Planning Knowledge Community.

March 17th, 2015
Schematic Design for the Denver Parks and Recreation Paco Sanchez Park project culminated in well-attended and productive public meeting at Eagleton Elementary School. Design Development is anticipated to begin in May followed by CDs this Fall.

March 12th, 2015 
The Lend Lease / Perkins + Will / PORT team was shortlisted in the Cook County Hospital Strategic Redevelopment Market Rate RFP. The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the engagement of a strategic professional team to address the hospital’s future needs and to leverage the inherent real estate value from the available land.

March 9th, 2015
Fifty UPENN Landscape Architecture and UIC Architecture students and faculty toured the Bloomingdale Trail construction site with Jamie Simone, Program Director of The Trust for Public Land's Urban Park's program. Alisa Hunter from DNAinfo tagged along and wrote about it.

February 23rd, 2015
Andrew Moddrell presented PORT's work in Kyle Reynolds' design seminar the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

January 22nd, 2015
Andrew Moddrell and Christopher Marcinkoski traveled to Lawrence, KS to deliver a keynote presentation and participate in the University of Kansas School of Architecture's annual Water Charrette. (LINK)

January 12th, 2015
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell kick-off a pair of parallel and collaborative urban design studios at PENN and UIC respectively, exploring the future development of Goose Island as a digital technology and manufacturing hub in the context of the North Branch of the Chicago River and the city beyond.

December 9th, 2014
PORT is proud to have been among the countless designers, writers, educators and community leaders responsible for delivering the Phase 1 RFP and Phase 2 Finalist Proposal for the UIC-Lawndale Barack Obama Presidential Library.

November 24th, 2014
Andrew Moddrell presented "The Big Shift" as part of Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda's Chicagoisms: A City to Speculate? conference at the Chicago Cultural Center. (LINK)

November 17th, 2014
Christopher Marcinkoski presented a lecture titled, "Speculative Urbanization and The City That Never Was" to MIT's joint program in City Design and Development.

November 12 and 19th, 2014
PORT was in Denver back-to-back weeks for Paco Sanchez Park public presentation and stakeholder meetings.

November 6th, 2014
PORT was in Ann Arbor to lecture and review work in McLain Clutter and Maria Arquero de Alarcon's graduate thesis seminar.

October 9th, 2014
City Loop wins AIA Merit Award from the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. (LINK)

October 7th, 2014
PORT participated in the Chicago Central Area Committee team for the Cook County Hospital Charrette that culminated in a public presentation at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. (LINK)

October 5th, 2014
PORT was in Denver for the Paco Sanchez Park on-site community kick-off event hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation.(LINK)

May 16th, 2014
PORT's "The Big Shift" Art Institute of Chicago "Chicagoism's: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation" model is featured in Dwell Magazine's review of the exhibition. (LINK)

April 9th, 2014
Chicago Tribune coverage of the Art Institute Chicagoisms Exhibition. (LINK) April 5th, 2014 We are excited to be part of Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda's Chicagoisms Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition opened April 5th and will close January 4th, 2015.

March 27th-30th, 2014
PORT will be in Bozeman, Montana for a lecture and workshop at Montana State University College of Architecture. (LINK)

March 22nd, 2014
PORT will be in Denver for a 2nd RNO Stakeholder and public at-large working session before our Public Presentation in early April.

March 7th, 2014
PORT is handing over our 24" diameter model to Art Institute of Chicago for Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda's "Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation" exhibition scheduled to open in early April.(LINK)

March 5th, 2014
Andrew Moddrell will present "Entrepreneurial Urbanism" as part of the Chicago Design Exchange's Critical Pitch event at the Graham Foundation. (LINK)

February 28th, 2014
PORT kicked-off a collaboration with Openlands and SOM Chicago to begin the process of creating a cohesive vision for the future of the Calumet Core / Millennium Reserve / Marquette Plan region spanning thousands of acres across the borders of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan on the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

February 25th, 2014
After 121-years, PORT is finally moving into the Monadnock Building--We signed a lease today for Suite 925!

February 4th-28th, 2014
PORT enjoyed a great collaboration with SOM Chicago toward envisioning a one-of-a-kind public realm as part of SOM/AD Chernikhov's Moscow International Financial City Phase 01 Design Competition Entry.

February 26th, 2014
Nearly 100 City Park RNO Stakeholders and members of the public at-large turned out at Bogey's at City park Golf Course for a 2-hour City Loop Stakeholder Working Session.

February 19th-21st, 2014
Andrew Moddrell participated at Public Architecture's third annual Design Access Summit at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. The goal of Design Access is to create a shared vision among leading decision makers for how to leverage design as a tool for social gain. (LINK)

January 21st, 2014
Andrew Moddrell is representing PORT on the Young Architects Informal Advisory Group for the Art Institute of Chicago Architecture and Design Department.

July 4th-November 1st, 2013
PORT had a really busy 2nd-half of the summer advancing the City Loop project to 60% DD based upon the spring and early summer public presentation, focus group and stakeholder meeting feedback.

June 20th-July 4th, 2013
Andrew Moddrell was a visiting instructor for the AA/UIC Campaigning Architecture international design workshop at the Architectural Association in London. (link)

June 12th, 2013
PORT A+U presented a vision for the Los Angeles River Greenway 2020 project to project partners, stakeholders, city and county officials at Los Angeles City Hall during an introductory project luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation.

June 11th, 2013
The City Loop team held an OPERATIONS Focus Group, Stakeholder meeting and Public Presentation in Denver to present progress and solicit feedback for the design development of the Denver City Park City Loop project.

June 1st, 2013
Christopher Marcinkoski, Andrew Moddrell and Nicholas Pevsner presented the "What About the Valley? Handbook" at the OP-City: Figuring the Urban Future and its Audiences Symposium in Toronto organized by UCLA cityLAB and the University of Toronto Daniel's Faculty. (link)

May 16th-18th, 2013
The City Loop team held an ACCESS Focus Group, Stakeholder meeting and Clay Modeling Workshop in Denver to present progress, solicit feedback and brainstorm new ideas for the design development of the Denver City Park City Loop project.

April 18th-19, 2013
The City Loop team held a CIVIC Focus Group and Stakeholder meeting in Denver to present progress and solicit feedback for the design development of the Denver City Park City Loop project.

March 21st-24th, 2013
Andrew Moddrell and Christopher Marcinkoski presented the Re-Cultivating the Forest City project and Christopher presented The City That Never Was at the 101st Annual ACSA National Conference titled "New Constellations / New Ecologies" in San Francisco. (LINK)

March 21st-22nd, 2013
The City Loop team held a PLAY Focus Group, Public Design Presentation and Stakeholder meeting in Denver to present progress and solicit feedback for the design development of the Denver City Park City Loop project. 

March 1st, 2013
Andrew Moddrell participated and presented work at Public Architecture's 2013 Design Access Summit (LINK) at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. The goal of Design Access is to create a shared vision among leading decision makers for how to leverage design as a tool for social gain.

February 22nd, 2013
The City That Never Was symposium (LINK) co-organized by Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, in cooperation with the Architectural League of New York, was held at the Architectural League on Friday, February 22nd. The speakers included Iñaki Abalos, Dominique Alba, Enric Battle, William Braham, Timur Galen, Rania Ghosn, Nina-Marie Lister, Llàtzer Moix, Willie Van den Broek, and Daniel Zarza. An essay and interviews with Christopher and Javier are available in this Architectural League online feature. (LINK)

November 18th, 2012
PORT A+U's project "Nostalgic Amnesia" is featured in the Chicago Architectural Club's exhibition: Reconsidering an Icon, currently on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Ten Chicago architecture offices were asked to weigh in on the fate of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.(LINK)

October 23rd, 2012
Denver Parks and Recreation selected City Loop as the winning proposal for the Denver City Park ReImagine Play project. View the full press release here

October 8th, 2012
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell will present a lecture on PORT Architecture + Urbanism's work entitled "I know it's only urbanism, but I like it," Oct. 8th, 2012 as part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture/Landscape Architecture lecture series. More details here. (LINK)

September 27-28, 2012
The Making Space Symposium is a PennDesign event organized by Christopher Marcinkoski, Brian Phillips and Abigail Smith taking place September 27th and 28th at Meyerson Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The two-day symposium will feature six discussion panels addressing different strategies for "making space" across various scales and disciplines. Making Space will curate an interchange between expanded design practices in order to frame new agendas; articulate new strategies; establish new priorities; and orient new connectivities capable of generating new, catalytic platforms for design. More details here: LINK.

September 22nd, 2012
Andrew Moddrell and Christopher Marcinkoski will present a project and discuss visionary urbanism as part of the "Urban Forms" panel during the upcoming MCA Chicago Visionary Cities symposium on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. (LINK)

July 24th, 2012
The PORT A+U/Indie Architecture led team for the Denver City Park ReImagine Play competition presented their finalist project, "City Loop," and fielded questions from the jury and public during a ReImagine Play project event at the History Colorado Center. The winner will be announced in mid-August. More information on the Denver Parks and Recreation site. (LINK)

June 20th, 2012
The PORT A+U/Indie Architecture led team for the Denver City Park ReImagine Play competition has been selected as one of the 3 finalist teams to further develop their projects in preparation for a public presentation on July 24th, 2012 at the History Colorado Center. More information on the Denver Parks and Recreation site. (LINK)

May 19th, 2012
Andrew Moddrell presented PORT A+U's work as part of the 2012 Rotch Symposium: Manufacturing Landscapes. The symposium speculated on the ability for urban networks and synthetic systems to become productive environments in our cities and was organized as part of an exhibition of student work from the University of Illinois School of Architecture funded by the Rotch Scholarship.

April 13th, 2012
The PORT A+U/Indie Architecture led team for the Denver City Park ReImagine Play competition RFQ has been selected as one of 8 teams to move on to the Phase 01 concept design phase. More information on the Denver Parks and Recreation site. (LINK)

March 28th, 2012
Christopher Marcinkoski was interviewed for a Dallas Observer article drawing comparisons between PORT's 8000-acre Cuyahoga Valley project and the stalled 10,000-acre Trinity Forest Park project in Dallas. (LINK)

January 1st, 2012
PORT Architecture + Urbanism joined "The Design Team Search for the Pierscape at Navy Pier" Phase III finalist, TEAM X. PORT A+U will collaborate on the design competition phase of the project that will conclude with an interview and public presentation February 1st. Team X also includes Xavier Vendrell Studio, dataAE + XVS, Grimshaw Architects, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Faithful + Gould, Studio/lab, Lisa Freiman, Creative Time, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Site Design Group, ARUP, Schuler Shook, Nelson Nygaard, Fluidity, Play-time, and Richie Gelles.

October 22, 2011
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell presented the work of PORT A+U as part of the Economic Landscapes panel at the After Effects - Emerging Metrics in Landscape Architecture symposium at the Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture. (LINK)

October 15, 2011
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell presented the work of PORT A+U as part of the "More Speculation" session at the MAS Context Analog event at Golden Age, the artist-run project space located in Chicago's West Loop. (LINK)

October 10, 2011
Christopher Marcinkoski participated in How do I learn to stop worrying and love nuclear energy? organized as part of Columbia University GSAPP's Underdome series. (LINK)

September 10, 2011
Christopher Marcinkoski met up with Dr. David Suzuki in Detroit/Windsor to discuss the ecological future of cities and infrastructure as part of an upcoming episode of The Nature of Things, Dr. Suzuki's long-running documentary program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The episode is scheduled to air in early 2012.

July 27, 2011
Christopher Marcinkoski participated in the Municipal Art Society of New York's Waterside Pier charrette that explored ideas for re-envisioning a former Consolidated Edison site that stretches from 38th to 41st Streets along the East River. Christopher was one of seven designers invited to lead groups of community stakeholders in a discussion of the pier's potential. The daylong event was recently featured in the New York Times. (LINK)

July 12, 2011
Andrew Moddrell traveled to Washington D.C. to participate on an advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural "Our Town" initiative that recently awarded more than $6.5 million to be invested in communities that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy. Grants were awarded to 51 communities in 34 states that have created public-private partnerships to strengthen the arts while shaping the social, physical, and economic characters of their neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions. (LINK)

June 24, 2011
PORT A+U received an honorable mention in the Van Alen Institute's Life at the Speed of Rail competition for its I Love GLC (Great Lakes City) provocation. (LINK)

April 25, 2011
An interview with Christopher Marcinkoski is featured in Next American City's Buzz. Read the full interview here: Next American City

April 19, 2011
Andrew Moddrell presented PORT A+U's work as part of the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago 2011 architecture lecture series. The "Young Architects of Chicago" presentation was organized in conjunction with the institute's ongoing Young Architects of Spain: A Window to the Unknown exhibit. (LINK)

February 3, 2011
While leading his PENNDesign studio trip to Madrid, Christopher Marcinkoski was interviewed about his research and the work of PORT on PlanetaBETA, a radio program devoted to architectural culture in different formats hosted by Enrique Encabo and Inma E. Maluenda. Listen to the full interview (en Espanol!) here: PlanetaBETA

November 8, 2010
PORT A+U is awarded the unanimous first prize in the FORMCities design competition sponsored by Mississippi State University and the Jackson Community Design center. PORT's project - Re-Cultivating the Forest City - proposes to transform Cleveland, Ohio's lower Cuyahoga River Valley into a new Urban River Landscape Infrastructure that enhances and expands the ecological value of the river corridor, while simultaneously serving to reorient the economy and urban form of the City through a strategy of productive re-colonization of the Valley.

October 29, 2010
Christopher Marcinkoski presented PORT A+U's entry into the Van Alen Institute's Urban Voids: Grounds for Change International Design Competition as part of VAI's IDEAS AT WORK: THREE COMPETITIONS FOR PUBLIC SPACE event. The evening includes presentations by selected winners and a panel discussion with Deenah Loeb, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s City Parks Association, and Ray Gastil, founding director of VAI and former director of City Planning for New York City and Seattle.

October 15, 2010
Christopher Marcinkoski participated in a roundtable discussion organized by Philadelphia's City Parks Association to celebrate the book launch of URBAN VOIDS: Grounds for Change. The event was held at the Philadelphia AIA's Center for Architecture and includes Olympia Kazi, Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute and members of the grand prize winning team from URBAN VOIDS.

July 31, 2010
Christopher Marcinkoski participated in the INTERNATIONAL ULTZAMA CAMPUS 2010 - "on mobility” - in Pamplona, Spain. Sponsored by the the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, the conference focused on projective perceptions of cities and models for future occupation of urban territories based upon new strategies relating to personal mobility. Conference participants included Juan Herreros, Jorge Silvetti, Wilfried Wang, Jose Luis Vallejo and Kelly Shannon.

June 16th, 2010
PORT A+U was selected as a semi-finalist in the Terreform 1 ONE PRIZE competition.

May 3rd, 2010
Andrew Moddrell's project "STL SuperConnect" earned honorable mention for the 2010 Steedman Competition hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. The 2010 competition considered the urban relationship between the City of St. Louis and the Mississippi River. The jury selected STL SuperConnect for citation because the proposal "boldly envisions as prominent a future in East St. Louis as St. Louis itself, the two great future cities connected by a broad infrastructure and economic development belt that spans across the Mississippi River."

November 16th, 2009
PORT A+U's project "Carbon T.A.P. // Tunnel Algae Park" was selected as the winning entry in the UCLA cityLAB WPA 2.0 infrastructural design competition. The award was announced at the conclusion of the WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture Symposium at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on November 16th. The competition jury included Stan Allen, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Elizabeth Diller, Cecil Balmond and Walter Hood.

August 29th, 2009
PORT A+U was selected as a top 6 finalist in the WPA 2.0 competition hosted by UCLA cityLAB. PORT A+U will travel to Los Angeles for an "experts workshop" September 26th and later present their project "Carbon T.A.P. // Tunnel Algae Park" at a National Building Museum symposium in Washington, D.C. November 16th.