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PORT Architecture + Urbanism is a leading-edge urban design and research practice based in Chicago. Established by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell as a speculative urban research collaboration, PORT has evolved into one the most innovative urban design consultancies operating in the U.S. today. The work looks to leverage the latent potentials embedded within a diverse range of urban circumstances to produce new forms of collective space and urban public realm.
Though the professional practice was formally established in 2009, the partners bring a significant body of expertise and experience from prior senior-level positions at James Corner Field Operations of New York as well as Garofalo Architects and UrbanLab of Chicago. In addition to leading PORT A+U, Mr. Marcinkoski and Mr. Moddrell each hold academic appointments, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois-Chicago, respectively.
The practice is the recipient of numerous design awards, including mentions or finalists in multiple Van Alen Institute competitions (Urban Voids - 2006, Gateway National Park - 2007, and Life at the Speed of Rail - 2011); First Prize in the 2010 FORMCities Design Competition for its “Re-Cultivating the Forest City” project; a unanimous First Prize in the UCLA/cityLAB WPA 2.0 Infrastructural Design Competition in 2009 for its “Carbon T.A.P.//Tunnel Algae Park” project; and a 2004 International Bauhaus Award for research into “Combinatory Urbanisms.” PORT, in collaboration with Indie Architecture, was recently awarded a commission for the design and construction of a 13-acre civic space in Denver’s City Park.
PORT’s design work and research has been exhibited and published internationally in a number of journals and books, among them Paisea 23 – Large Scale, a Spanish Journal of Landscape Architecture; Urban INFILL volume no. 5: Diagrammtically (Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative/Kent State University); Praxis: journal of writing and building, Issue 13: Eco-Logics; ExtraStateCraft: Global Infrastructure as a Medium of Polity (Jan van Eyck Academie); Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press); MID- (Mississipi State University); One Hundred Competition Works (Liaoning Science + Technology Publishing House); Dirt: via Books Volume 2 (MIT Press); Fast Forward Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press); and Architecture as Infrastructure: Designing Composite Networks (Jovis); Landscape Architecture China; Metropolis; Concept (Korea); and 20|20: Editorial Takes On Architectural Discourse (Architectural Association Publications).
PORT A+U has been recognized in the following design competitions:
Awarded Project, with Indie Architecture: Denver City Park ReImagine Play Design Competition - "City Loop,"
Denver Department of Parks and Recreation (October 2012)
Honorable Mention: Life at the Speed of Rail Design Competition - “I Love Great Lakes City,”
Van Allen Institute (June 2011)
First Prize (unanimous): FORMCities Design Competition - “Re-Cultivating the Forest City,”
Mississippi State University and the Jackson Community Design Center (November 2010)
Semi-Finalist: The ONE Prize - “Carbon T.A.P.,”
The Terreform ONE Prize Competition (June 2010)
Honorable Mention: Steedman Design Competition 2010 - “STL SuperConnect,”
Washington University in St. Louis Department of Architecture (May 2010)
First Prize (unanimous): WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture - “Carbon T.A.P,”
UCLA / cityLAB and The National Building Museum (November 2009)
Finalist: Envisioning Gateway National Park International Competition - “Urban Barometer”
Van Alen Institute (Summer 2007)
Honorable Mention: Urban Voids International Ideas Competition - “Emergent Urbanism”
Van Alen Institute (Spring 2006)
Runner-Up: Third International Bauhaus Award (Transit Spaces) - “Combinatory Urbanism”
Bauhaus Foundation - Dessau, Germany (October 2004)