The Office of Sustainable Development is offering a great lecture as part of its "ReThink" series by architect Michael Sorkin, Director and Professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Urban Design Program and Principal of, what else, The Michael Sorkin Studio.
From the press release: "Michael Sorkin Studio is based in New York City and is a highly respected architect, writer, and lecturer. A prolific writer of architectural critiques and contemporary culture, Michael is also Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at City College of New York. His books include Some Assembly Required, Exquisite Corpse, Variations on a Theme Park, Gehry Talks, and Local Code, Constitution of a City at 42 degrees N. Latitude. His architectural designs are in Michael Sorkin Studio: Wiggle (Works in Progress). Michael has also authored After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City and believes that every architect must reinvent architecture with sustainability as a design challenge."
The lecture is this Thursday at the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (aka Ecotrust), 721 NW 9th Avenue, 2nd floor conference center, with tickets a palatable $10 compared to the big bucks for some previous ReThink classes. Sorkin is a very thoughtful, intelligent architect with some insightful commentary about Ground Zero, the profession and, I'd assume, Portland too.