Willamette River and Steel Bridge (photo by Brian Libby)
BY BRIAN LIBBY
James Tice: Mapping Rome
James Tice, a professor in the University of Oregon Department of Architecture, specializes in the cartography and urban history of Rome. His Interactive Nolli Map and Giuseppe Vasi’s Grand Tour of Rome were conceived as a resource for students and scholars but have mushroomed into an international phenomenon. In this talk, he'll share a series of interactive online maps, as part of the GIS Forma Urbis Romae Project: Creating a Layered History of Rome. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Wednesday, February 4. Free.
Alison B. Hirsch: The Participatory City
From the great competitions in architectural history (the Crystal Palace, the League of Nations, the Sydney Opera House, and so on), to the proverbial competition for papal patronage between Bernini and Borromini, to the recurrent issue of competing architectural technologies, theories or ideologies, the phenomenon of competition has had a central role in our discipline. The lecture is part of Portland State University School of Architecture's 2014-2015 lecture series, titled "Vs.," which tackles the theme of competition. Hirsch is a University of Southern California assistant professor whose multidisciplinary expertise includes landscape architecture, urban history and theory, exploring the politics of urban settlement, and how human corporeality and movement can inspire design. She is co-founder of Foreground Design Agency and the co-editor of The Landscape Imagination, a collection of essays by James Corner as well as a co-author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway and Hall Streets. 6PM Thursday, February 5. Free.
Bright Lights: Changing Cities - The Global View
How will Generation Y shape cities for the way they work, play, and live? How will technology change the way we work, shop, and connect in cities? How will capital markets reshaped by the Great Recession respond to rapidly changing demands? Host Randy Gragg welcomes Patrick Phillips, who as CEO of the Urban Land Institute is privy to some of the many players attempting to divine the answers to these and other questions that will define cities. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Avenue. 5:30PM Monday, February 10. Free.
Khalifa is a co-founder of Designbox, a leading multi-disciplinary workspace of creative professionals. Additionally, he founded and leads SPARKcon, the nation’s largest open source festival that promotes local creative culture. His collaborations have garnered more than 16 patents, been nominated for a Grammy Award and exhibited in the Louvre. Trained as both an engineer and a designer, Khalifa and his wife Beth recently founded Lyf Shoes. His talk is part of the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft's Applied Craft in Design program. Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue. 6:30PM Thursday, February 12. Free.