Tomorrow (Friday, March 14) at AIA/Portland from 3-4pm, I will be part of a panel discussion at AIA/Portland's Center For Architecture about mid-century modern architecture.
The panel will be moderated by local architect Peter Meijer, an expert in historic preservation. My fellow panelists will iclude Paul Falsetto, who has been active in helping preserve local landmarks like John Yeon's Portland Oregon Visitors Center along Waterfront Park and the Ladd Carriage House on Broadway; realtor Bob Zaikosk of Portland Modern, whose specialty is historic midcentury homes; and Becca Cavell of Thomas Hacker Architects.
Becca will also give a separate preceding presentation from 2-3pm on residential midcentury modern architecture.
The panel discussion I'm on will focus on the historical value, characteristics and historic criteria of Mid-Century architecture. Peter Meijer has sent a few questions for us to consider, which also may be something others want to comment on:
1. What are the unique character defining features of mid-century architecture?
2. What is the relationship of mid-century architecture to its context? the environment?
3. How adaptable are mid-century buildings to change? What are the challenges?
4. Why is it important for mid-century architecture to be preserved?
The AIA Center For Architecture is located at 403 NW 11th avenue in the Pearl District, at Flanders Street. For those of you who are architects in need of continuing education credits, this also qualifies. How weird it must be to be in a profession where you're legally required to continue your studies. It's a good thing in many ways, naturally, but I wouldn't like somebody telling me what to do. Hopefully, though, this session will be painless and, dare I say, even quite interesting.