BY BRIAN LIBBY
How to Research the History of Your House
Historians Tibby O’Brien and Morgen Young take attendees through the steps to uncover the history of one's vintage house (as well as any other building). Using the latest online sources, local archives, and libraries, they will show that the process is not so mysterious when one knows what steps to follow and where to look. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, October 4. $12 ($8 for AHC members).
Celebrate Modernism: Tour Day 2014
Architectural historian Libby Dawson Farr will be joined by architects from Portland firms BOORA and Holst to talk about the work of Paul Thiry, a pioneering Seattle modernist architect) as well as others on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. This event will highlight examples of recent renovations and additions to architectural masterworks of the mid 20th century and offer an introduction to the history of this beautiful campus. A self-guided walking tour (with a specially created map) will follow the program, and among other treasures visitors will be able to visit the usually closed South Chapel by John Maloney, which features unique glass art from
the period. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Gregg Pavilion. 10:30AM Saturday, October 4. $15 ($10 for DoCoMoMo members).
Design Week Portland Opening Party
Stitching together a variety of design and arts disciplines from architecture to graphic design, illustration and crafts to landscape architecture, Design Week Portland kicks off with this party featuring music from DJ Rev Shines of Lifesavas and food from locals Olympic Provisions, The Whole Bowl, and Salt and Straw. Staver Locamotive, 2537 NW 29th Avenue. 7PM Saturday, October 4. $10.
Restorative Design: Confluence Project's Bird Blind
Best known for the iconic Vietnam veterans' memorial in Washington, DC, architect and artist Maya Lin left an indelible imprint on a variety of sites in Oregon and Washington to commemorate the intersection of Lewis & Clark's journey and its ultimate impact on Native American communities throughout the region. As part of Design Week Portland, this interpretive walk to Lin's Bird Blind at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia Rivers is a 2.5-mile journey that will also speak to current environmental restoration work happening at the Sandy River Delta. 10AM Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, October 5, 7, 8 and 11. $10.
UO Architecture Thesis Studio Exhibition
Every year students at architecture schools such as the University of Oregon present their final thesis projects, and this public exhibition by students of the University of Oregon's Department of Architecture in Portland to show the idealism and fresh thinking that makes viewing student work nearly always worthwhile. University of Oregon, 70 NW Couch Street. 8AM-5PM Sunday-Saturday, October 5-11. Free.
The Inevitable City - Film Series
Our planet will be home to over nine billion people by 2050, with 70 percent of us in urban centers. How will humanity adapt? The American Institute of Architects' annual film series revolves around this broad question, which is both exciting in possibility and daunting in its sheer scale. The films span utopian futures, frightening visions, and everything in between—including the documentation of evolving urban life right before our very eyes. Included are Urbanized, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers; Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, which profiles the late Auburn University architecture professor and MacArthur "genius grant" and his efforts to marry architectural education and public-interest design; and The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream, a 2004 documentary concerning peak oil and its implications for the suburban lifestyle. AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 6, 8 and 9. $5 suggested.
Design + Biomimicry: Applying Whole-(eco)Systems Thinking
Biomimicry, the practice of creating solutions inspired by nature, has proven its potential when developing products that radically disrupt markets as we know them. As part of Design Week Portland, unnamed representatives from the organization Biomimicry for Creative Innovation will share their perspective on where biomimicry thinking fits into the innovation process, why it matters, and how we might get there. Hatch, 2420 NW Sandy Boulevard. 6:30PM Monday, October 6. Free.
Older, Smaller, Better: How Character-Rich Buildings and Blocks Support Great Neighborhoods
New research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab shows that neighborhoods with a mix of small, old and new buildings outperform districts of large, new buildings on a wide variety of social, economic, and cultural metrics. Michael Powe, who manages research for the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab, will connect new ideas drawn from Big Data to the writings of Jane Jacobs and discuss how blocks of modestly-sized older buildings are quietly contributing to robust local economies and distinctive, livable communities. St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Avenue. 7PM Tuesday, October 7. $8.
Portland Writers on Design: Urban Movement
Join five Portland writers as they tell their stories of moving through the city, observing the overlooked but intentionally designed details that make each journey unique. Presenters for this Design Week Portland event include Sarah Mirk of Bitch Media, Joseph Mains of Atelier Ace, John Vieira of Nemo Design, former Museum of Contemporary Craft director Namita Wiggers, and Carl Alviani of Ziba Design. Each will speak for approximately 10 minutes, on a designed artifact or system of their choosing, related to urban movement. Ziba Auditorium, 810 NW Marshall Street. 6:30PM Tuesday, October 7. Free.
Portland Past Present Future: Our Architectural Narrative
What do the buildings we choose to construct, demolish, restore, and inhabit tell the world about us? What's Portland's story? Where's it headed? This Design Week Portland panel discussion includes Joe Zehnder, chief planner for the City of Portland; Tyler Robinson, art director for TV's Portlandia; David Staczek, a principal with ZGF Architects; Reiko Hillyer of Lewis & Clark College; Peggy Moretti, executive director of Restore Oregon; Courtenay Hameister, head writer for Live Wire Radio; and Dave Weich, founder of Sheepscot Creative. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue. 7PM Tuesday, October 7. $14.
An annual juried outdoor design competition held at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and this year in partnership with Mittleman Jewish Community Center as well as Design Week Portland. Artists and design teams submitted proposals to build temporary livable outdoor structures, called sukkahs, which are constructed worldwide every year in observance of the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 1953 NW Kearney. 8AM-5PM Wednesday-Saturday, October 8-11. Free.
HQ Conversation: Susan Szenasy
Susan S. Szenasy is publisher and editor in chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City–based magazine of architecture, design and culture. Since 1986, she has led the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving international recognition. Szenasy will speak as part of Design Week Portland's ongoing "HQ" conversations at Pioneer Courthouse Square, inside a Buckminster Fuller-inspired dome. Pioneer Courthouse Square. 4PM Wednesday, October 8. $15.
The New Structure: Carrie Strickland, Sam Adams, Rick Potestio
The New Structure is a series that invites the community to share experiences relating to historical, urban, and design topics. For this special Design Week Portland edition, architect Carrie Strickland of Works Partnership, former Portland mayor Sam Adams, and architect Rick Potestio will engage in a multimedia, storytelling session, sharing their personal journeys into and around fields of design and influence. Rontoms, 600 East Burnside Street. 7PM Wednesday, October 8. Free.
Michael Graves Live: A Conversation About Recent Designs, Change, and the Future of the Portland Building
Journalist and Yeon Center director Randy Gragg will interview legendary architect and Portland Building designer Michael Graves about two topics: his career’s evolution since the Portland Building, and, in particular, since an infection rendered him a paraplegic in 2003 inspiring a turn to designing everything from wheelchairs to housing for disabled veterans; and what of the Portland Building should be preserved and what might change during its upcoming renovation. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. 7PM Thursday, October 9. $10.
AIA/Portland Homes Tour
This year’s AIA Portland Homes Tour features unexpected urban infill solutions that were custom designed in harmony with their quintessential inner Portland neighborhoods. The self-guided tour provides an excellent opportunity to see how great design impacts our quality of life through creativity, sustainability, and craft. Attendees will be able to explore these unique homes firsthand and become inspired by the possibilities. Architects and firms with homes on this tour include Rick Potestio, Emerick Architects, Works Partnership, and Hennebery Eddy. 10AM Saturday, October 11. $40.