This October marks the second annual Portland Architecture + Design Festival, the successor to the old Architecture Week. This monthlong, city-wide celebration of the local built environment and design community features architectural tours, film screenings, public exhibitions, design lectures, and more. The Portland Architecture + Design Festival presents the opportunity for each of us to participate in an extended conversation about design in the Rose City while discovering the buildings, landscapes, neighborhoods, and urban spaces that make Portland special.
Here is a calendar of the fest goings-on throughout October:
Opening Night Party: 6:30-9:00pm. AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. (Free.) Music by DJ Drew Groove with libations, and hors d'ouevres.
Structure + Architecture Symposium: 8:00am-5:00pm, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW Ninth Ave, Suite 200. ($150 AIA, AGC or SEAO members, $220 general.) This symposium aims to illuminate the importance of the collaboration between architect and structural engineer, and to examine technology that integrates architectural and structural design. It will investigate the idea of structure as a generative force in the design process and consider structural innovation through research and practice.
Textiles 101: 7:00pm, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis Street. (Free.) Presented by the International Interior Design Association Oregon Chapter, Textiles 101 presents designers with the opportunity to learn about the textile process, enabling them to make the best textile choices for their installations. The course familiarizes participants with animal, plant, and synthetic fibers. It covers yarn production and types and a variety of dye processes. Detailed information about fabrics is presented, including basic weave constructions and special techniques. Fabric characteristics and application guidelines are also discussed. Hundreds of illustrations and physical examples of fibers, yarns, textiles, and installations are incorporated into the course. Each participant receives an illustrated glossary of textile terms.
Exhibit opening - "The Mirror and The Frame: John Yeon and the Landscape Art of China and Japan", AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. (Free.) The buildings of the self-trained Portland architect and landscape conservationist John Yeon (1910-1994) are known for their close affinity with their natural surroundings.
To mark the centennary of his birth, this exhibition curated by University of Oregon architecture professor Kevin Nute explores parallels between techniques used to integrate buildings and landscapes in Yeon's work and the traditional Chinese and Japanese art he collected throughout his career. (Runs through October 29.)
Exhibit opening - Mel Douglas, "Eventide", Bullseye Gallery, 300 NW 13th Avenue. (Runs through November 20.)
Lecture - Re-Building South Portland: 7:30pm, The Architectural Heritage Center, 701 Southeast Grand Avenue. The lost and surviving remnants of South Portland – now the Lair Hill and Corbett Neighborhoods – have much to tell us about the processes that re-made the socially conservative Portland of the 1950s into the more progressive city it is today.
Design Matters: A Tour of Portland Homes: 10:00am-4:00pm. Explore six amazing residences designed by leading AIA Portland architects during this daylong self-guided tour. Featuring projects designed by William Kaven Architecture, Emerick Architects, Giulietti/Schouten Architecture, Webster Wilson, Integrate, and Works Partnership Architecture.
Architecture + Photography Workshop: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. (Tickets $20.) Explore architectural treasures through your camera lens with local photographer Lincoln Barbour, whose work has been published in Elle Decor, Portland Monthly and Gourmet, among others. This three-hour walking tour will lead you to the most photo-friendly buildings around the Pearl District, providing professional guidance on how anyone can take better snapshots of their built environment.
A Conversation with Jeff Kovel: 6:00pm, Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Avenue. (Admission $20 suggested donation to Street of Eames fund.) Host Becca Cavell of THA Architecture interviews Kovel, founder of Skylab Architecture.
Kovel arrived in Portland in 1996 after receiving an architecture degree from Cornell University (listed by some publications as the nation's top architecture school) and founded Skylab Architecture three years later. The firm's portfolio includes the popular Doug Fir restaurant and club, the Departure Lounge atop The Nines Hotel, the 12 + Alder mixed use building, and the Hoke Residence, used as a backdrop in the firstTwilight film.
Pecha Kucha Night: 7:30pm, The Plant, 939 SE Alder Street. Pecha Kucha (Japanese for 'the sound of conversation') was devised and is shared by Tokyo based architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture) and has spread worldwide. This event creates a forum for designers, architects, and artists to meet, network and show their work in public. Presenters are allowed 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha Portland is produced by Project CityScope.
15th Annual "Riches of a City" Heritage Auction: 6:00pm, Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. (Tickets $100 for members, $150 general. ) Presented by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, funds raised at the auction support the historic preservation educational programs and operations of the foundation's Architectural Heritage Center.
Rosalind Reed Dwight Lecture & Scholarship Closing Party: 7:00pm, AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW Eleventh Avenue. (Free.) In 1989 the Portland design community lost one of its own with the death of Rosalind Reed Dwight. Following her death, friends and colleagues established a memorial fund which subsequently funded several AIA lectures and ten scholarships. As a ceremonial closing of the fund, Roz's former business partner, Bea Sennewald, will present a lecture followed by a party with light refreshments and music from their last time with Roz: the 1980s.
Bright Lights Discussion: Portland Redesigns a Slice of Arabia: 6:00pm, Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Avenue. (Free.) Portland's SERA Architects and Interface Engineering are designing a sustainable city for one of the hottest and driest places: the United Arab Emirates. The project's urban designer and engineer share a glimpse of one future for the Middle East with host Randy Gragg, editor of Portland Monthly.
The Great Portland Barscape: 6:00pm. (Tickets $10.) This self-guided tour event will highlight five architect-designed watering holes in the Central Eastside. Each location will uniquely showcase what it takes to create a space worthy of many a happy hour partaking. For your paid voucher, the featured bars have selected either a free brew or a discount on a specialty liquor or wine for bar crawl participants.
AIA/Portland Design Awards - Jury Presentation and Critique: 5:30-8:00pm, AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. (Tickets $10.) Every year AIA Portland assembles a nationally renowned group of architects to jury our Design Awards Program. An Evening With the Jury provides both members and the public with the opportunity to meet our distinguished jurors and learn more about their work and their approach to design. The 2010 AIA Design Awards Jury, which includes John Peterson of San Francisco's Public Architecture and Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, will also share their impressions of Portland design and of this year's submitted Design Awards projects
IIDA Oregon Design Awards Gala: 6:00-9:00pm, Melody Ballrooom, 615 SE Alder Street. (Tickets $45 for members, $25 students, $65 general.) The Design Awards is IIDA Oregon's premier event, showcasing Oregon's unique design talent. Interior Designers and Architects are welcome to submit projects for the competition. Join us as we celebrate these award winning built environments.
Mid-Century Modern Bus Tour. ($50, includes lunch and wine at the Gordon House. Call the Gordon House at 503-874-6006 for reservations and information.) The first bus stop on the tour will land you at the future site of the Belluschi Pavilion and Griffith Residence in Marylhurst where Tony Belluschi will tell you about Oregon's latest architectural vision. The next stop is the Abbey Library in Mount Angel, one of only two works in the United States designed by Scandinavian Modern architect Alvar Aalto. Continue on to the Gordon House located in Silverton - the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed house open to the public in the Pacific Northwest!
Architecture + Design Festival Gala Celebration: 7:00pm, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. (Tickets $100 for full dinner, awards, & after party, $30 for awards, dessert & after party only.) A festive evening celebrating innovation and excellence in local design.
Through a Lens: Architectural Photography Show: 5:30 pm, AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW Eleventh Ave. (Free.) This photography exhibition will feature striking images of architecture and design through the eyes of Portlanders. This show is open to all, and welcomes 8" x 10" images from Rose City denizens that capture their particular views on the built environment. Each photograph will be for sale during the reception as a fundraiser for the Center for Architecture. One winner will be selected by a local architectural photographer and Pro Photo Supply, and the recipient will receive a $350 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply.
Form Function Fashion Show: 7:00pm, Center for Architecture, 403 NW Eleventh Ave. (Tickets $20.) Taking its cue from other design disciplines, this show will explore the broader definition of how the human form and proportion influences fashion. Does fashion build upon Louis Sullivan's notion that form follows function, or does ornamentation have its rightful place enveloping our bodies as we move through architectural space?