BY BRIAN LIBBY
Listening With Ears, Eyes, and Heart: A Gateway To Artistic Value In Unknown Places
Rick Lowe, who will deliver a lecture co-produced by the Portland Art Museum and the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, is a Houston-based artist who has exhibited and worked nationally and internationally. Lowe is best known for Project Row Houses, a community-based art project that he started in Houston in 1993. Further community projects include the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, the Borough Project in Charleston, South Carolina (with Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacobs), the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, and the Anyang Public Art Program 2010 in Anyang, South Korea. President Barack Obama appointed Lowe to the National Council on the Arts in 2013, and in 2014 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. 6:30PM Tuesday, May 3. Free (reservation required).
Portland’s Slabtown – An Historic Look at Inner Northwest Portland
North of Lovejoy Street and stretching from the Willamette River west to the hills of Forest Park when it was first named in the 1870s, Portland’s “Slabtown” was an isolated community filled with lakes, streams, sawmills, and working class houses. This lecture by Norm Gholston and Tracy J. Prince, co-authors of Portland's Slabtown explores the rich history of Slabtown through a collection of historic images. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7PM Tuesday, May 3. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Lunch & Learn: Accessory Dwelling Units
Accessory Dwelling Units are secondary housing units on single family lots, and have become quite popular lately in Portland due to a regulatory waiver of system development charges. This hour-long talk will be given by by ADU consultant, educator and advocate Kol Peterson, who built his own ADU in 2011 and is now managing editor for AccessoryDwellings.org, and city planner Phil Nameny, who works on regulatory improvement projects for the code development team. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, May 4. Free.
PSU Masters of Architecture Open House
Are you fascinated by architecture? Do you have a bachelor's degree (or are graduating this spring) in any discipline? Portland State University's three-year Master of Architecture track could be for you. At the open house, you'll also have the opportunity to learn about all of our programs, which include the Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture, 2-year and 3-year Master of Architecture degree tracks, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and our new 2016 Summer Architecture Immersion Program. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall room 235, corner of SW Broadway and SW Hall Street. 12:30PM Wednesday, May 4. Free.
Old Town Historic District Tour
Learn about some of the oldest buildings in the city, and the people who built them in this Architectural Heritage Center tour of Portland’s only National Historic Landmark District. The area also contains the highest concentration of cast-iron fronted buildings on the west coast and much of that iron was even produced locally. Tour begins at Skidmore Fountain, SW First Avenue and Ankeny Street. 6PM Wednesday, May 4. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Historic Homes Of The Alphabet District Tour (Part I)
Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District owes its existence to Captain John Couch, his family, and in-laws. Development in the area includes everything from fairly modest homes to mansions – not to mention vibrant commercial areas. This is the first of two Architectural Heritage Center tours in which attendees will look at the wonderful historic homes that define a large portion of this National Register Historic District. Tour begins at the SW corner of NW 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street. 6PM Thursday, May 5. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Lair Hill Neighborhood Tour
Named for pioneering Portland lawyer and newspaper editor William Lair Hill, this residential neighborhood is one of Portland’s oldest. As evidenced by this Architectural Heritage Center tour, Lair Hill contains a fascinating mix of historic homes, along with notable buildings significant for their connections to the city’s early immigrant populations. It’s also a neighborhood that was impacted by urban renewal and freeway development. Tour begins outside Lair Hill Bistro, 2823 SW First Avenue. 10AM Saturday, May 7. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Lunch & Learn: Activism Training
Whether one is a newbie to advocacy or an experienced veteran there is always something to learn to build your effectiveness. Based on 40 years of working for social change in Portland, former Metro councilor and nonprofit founder Rex Burkholder will share what he has learned about successful citizen activism including values-based messaging, leadership development, and coalition building across cultures and ideologies. Founder of three major nonprofits (Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Coalition for a Livable Future and Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition) Burkholder is the author of the 2015 book The Activist’s Toolkit, he will address how to make one's voice heard by decision makers and fellow citizens. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, May 11. Free.
Pearl District Walking Tour
Over the last 20 years, Portland's Pearl District has been transformed from an outdated and tired industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail districts. A century ago, the area went through a similar transformation—from a working class housing area at the edge of a marsh, to the city’s premier industrial and warehousing area. Many of Portland’s best known architects of the period designed buildings for important local and national companies. As this Architectural Heritage Center tour will reveal, most of these buildings remain, with their exteriors intact and new uses inside. Tour begins at SE corner of NW 10th Avenue and Johnson Street. 6PM Wednesday, May 11. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
CPID Talks: Mark Lakeman on Creating Sustainable Public Places
Mark Lakeman is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. He is a principal at Communitecture, a full service design firm that aims to create beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community. As Wakeman will discuss in this lecture sponsored by Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design, through his leadership in Communitecture and its various affiliates such as The City Repair Project, The Village Building Convergence, and Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Room 217, SW Broadway & Hall Street. 12PM Friday, May 13. Free.
Hidden Brilliance: The Residential Architecture Of Joseph Jacobberger
Jim Heuer and Robert Mercer present the residential work of a truly brilliant architect who designed homes in a broad array of styles from Colonial to Craftsman, English Cottage to Jacobean. Jacobberger's skills turned standard styles into architectural sculpture, blending form with function, with his later designs foretelling the "Northwest Style" later practiced by Pietro Belluschi and others. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7PM Wednesday, May 11 and 10AM Saturday, May 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
From Soda Pop To Swimwear: Sandy Boulevard Walking Tour
Sandy Boulevard has a long history of commercial and industrial architecture with styles ranging from brick utilitarian to Brutalism – all with a generous supply of streamline and zigzag moderne in between. This tour takes a closer look at a surprising section of the city; an area that hosts some of the city’s most notable businesses. You’ll also see firsthand how the automobile played a major role in the form and style of 20th century architecture. Tour begins at NE 14th Avenue and Couch Street. 6PM Thursday, May 12. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Yamhill Historic District Walking Tour
Exploring the heart of Portland’s late-nineteenth century commercial district, this tour visits the Yamhill Historic District and nearby historic buildings of SW Second and Third avenues. The route is packed with the names of prominent city pioneers who made their mark as merchants, developers and architects as well as providing some of the city’s finest examples of cast iron, Richardsonian Romanesque and Classical buildings. We visit the Willamette’s first bridge, the first public market, and our first Chinatown as we discuss how the district spearheaded the first preservation efforts for Portland’s downtown. For parking/transit, be aware the tour ends six blocks from its start. Tour meets at SW Second Avenue and Salmon Street. 10AM Saturday, May 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).