BY BRIAN LIBBY
Portland Design Festival - Opening Night Party
The Portland Design Festival is an annual city-wide celebration showcasing the full spectrum of design disciplines. Staged from 2009 through 2012 as the Portland Architecture + Design Festival, the Festival reflects the collaborative nature of contemporary design culture. The Portland Design Festival fosters public discourse and awareness of design and design practices, and invites participation in an extended conversation about the issues and ideas shaping design and its role in our daily lives. The Opening Night Party will feature food, drinks and entertainment by Dig-A-Pony, Sweet Hereafter, and the Bye and Bye. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30pm Thursday, October 3. Free.
Street Seats Design Competition
As part of the Portland Design Festival, designers from across the country will participate in a juried competition for a freestanding "street seat" pavilion to be created and installed during the 2013 Portland Design Festival. This temporary installation will draw on design guidelines of the City of Portland’s Street Seats program, by reclaiming a parking space to create an innovative outdoor public sphere. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 2pm Thursday, October 3. Free.
Branded: Portland's Global Identity and Its Influence on Design
The creative development process of this city’s creative trailblazers has gained respect and admiration nationally and beyond. As part of the Portland Design Festival, this moderated discussion will to share insight and inquiry about the influence of Portland’s identity on the present and future of design, and by extension commerce. The panel will include Michelle Lesniak Franklin A u Clothing, Matt Lounsbury of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Jeffrey Stuhr of Holst Architecture, and Vince Porter of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television. The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Quinton of the Portland Development Commission. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 6:30pm Friday, October 4. $10.
Re-Shaping of Old Portland - Buried Hollows, Lakes, and Creeks
In this lecture focusing on the early days of Portland, Dr. Tracy J. Prince, author of Portland’s Goose Hollow and co-author of Portland's Slabtown, will present a slide show of historic photos to demonstrate how dramatically different the terrain of Old Portland (the west side—from the Willamette River to the Tualatin Mountains) was from today’s. The changes include: building the Great Plank Road which ran through the narrow and dark Tanner Creek Canyon; burying Marquam Creek, Tanner Creek, Johnson Creek, and Balch Creek; filling Couch, Guild’s, Kittredge's, and Doane's lakes; filling the 20-block-long, 50-feet-deep Tanner Creek Gulch; filling the 14-block-long, four-block-wide Johnson Creek Gulch, filling the Marquam Gulch; building streets on 20-50 foot pilings in areas that today’s residents would describe as “flatlands;” and 25-foot-deep cuts required when B Street (Burnside) was graded beyond Tanner Creek Gulch. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10:00am Saturday, October 5. $18 ($10 for AHC members).
Lawrence Halprin's Open Space Sequence - Tour
Oregon’s DoCoMoMo Chapter will lead a tour of the four Halprin-desgined urban fountain plazas that culminate in the dramatic Forecourt Fountain(now called Keller Fountain) – described by New York Timesarchitecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable as “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance”. Built between 1965 and 1970, the Portland Sequence’s importance has been recognized in its successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Landscape architect Steve Koch and journalist Randy Gragg will lead a morning tour detailing the history and creation of Halprin’s masterpiece. 10:30am Saturday, October 5. Reservations required. Contact Becca Cavell to RSVP at email@example.com. $10.
Design Week Portland - Opening Party
Just in case you were wondering, Design Week Portland and the Portland Design Festival are two separate events, happening at the same time. They're not exactly the same, though: While the PDF focuses mostly on architecture, interiors and landscape architecture, DWP casts a wider net to include advertising, graphics, fashion and other design disciplines. The Plant, 939 SE Alder Street. 7:00pm Monday, October 7. $10.
Biomimicry: The Next Big Thing
Inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist Jay Harman thinks big, outside the box but inside of nature. He is one of the world’s leaders in biomimicry research and development as well as founder of several companies that create industrial solutions that are clean and green and based on mimicking nature’s design solutions. Harman has just published his first book, The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation. Harman’s Portland lecture at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (as part of Design Week Portland) will focus on what he sees as the immense potential for biomimicry to change business as usual and create a shift from a resource depleting and pollution spewing economy to a clean and green economy. Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson. 6:30pm Monday, October 7. Free.
Portland Building (photo by Brian Libby)
The Future of the Portland Building
When it opened nearly three decades ago, the Portland Building was called our city's Eiffel Tower by then-mayor Frank Ivancie. It was the first major postmodern building in the United States, but due to the building's small windows, its employees suffer more sick days then their City of Portland colleagues in other buildings. Peter Meijer and Becca Cavell, co-founders of the Oregon Chapter of DoCoMoMo and leaders of two Portland architecture firms, will reprise a debate they first presented at a modernism symposium in Florida earlier this year. Meijer will argue for the preservation of Michael Graves' Portland Building, the postmodern landmark that he recently and successfully nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Cavell will present the case for its demise. But what about a hybrid of the two: leaving Graves' facade but cutting an atrium into the middle? AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30pm Monday, October 7. Free.
Design Museum Portland - Launch Party
Following in the footsteps of Design Museum Boston, which has successfully sponsored a variety of exhibitions and events around the Boston area geared to educate the general public about design, the new Design Museum Portland will celebrate what they call "the fruitful result of thoughtful problem solving and a willingness to break with tradition." ADX, 417 SE 11th Avenue. 6:30pm Tuesday, October 8. Free.
Make It Happen: Randy Hunt on Design, Entrepreneurship, and Etsy
Hunt is the author of the upcoming book Product Design for the Web and the creative director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt, as this lecture for the PNCA/OCAC MFA Applied Craft in Design program and Design Week Portland will show, feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue. 7:30pm Tuesday, October 8. $10.
The Future of Retail
Businesses of all kinds are considering a shift from the commodity-oriented selling of goods to a more service-oriented selling of experiences. How will designers play a role in shaping retail’s future, and designing for it? In this Design Week Portland event, as part of a panel experts, Ziba creative director Jon Irick will discuss these and other issues pertaining to the future of retail. Irick has worked recently on global retail-focused innovation and experience design projects for clients like Reebok, adidas and Charles Schwab. Ziba auditorium, 810 NW Marshall Street. 6:45pm Wednesday, October 9. Free.
AFO Honored Citizen Dinner
Each year the Architecture Foundation of Oregon selects a non-architect community member to honor for built contributions to the city. This year, you can join 600 colleagues to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Benson Industries, an Oregon company that is a sought-after provider of custom systems for some of Oregon's and the world's most intricate and interesting buildings. Benson designs, manufactures and installs complex, custom curtainwall systems from the Port of Portland Headquarters to the stunning Towers One and Four at the World Trade Center in New York City and Singapore's One Raffles Quay. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 5:30pm Wednesday, October 9. $125.
Green Champions Summit
This year's focus for the annual Green Champion Summit is a call to action for designers to reclaim a position on civic engagement, advancing urban policies and environmental leadership. The event will center on educating and invigorating community leaders, designers, and politicians to the issues surrounding us including the draft release of the Climate Action Plan this fall and progressive building and energy related policy at the local, state and federal levels. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30pm Thursday, October 10. Free.
Portland Writers on Design
What makes a city feel the way it does? Beyond the iconic symbols from postcards and movies, most cities earn their unique identity through the experience of living in and moving through them, and these depend on hundreds of tiny, designed interactions. From drinking fountains and stoplights to transit stations and zoning laws, the urban fabric is woven, intentionally and often at great cost. As part of Design Week Portland, join four Portland writers -- Carl Alviani, Lyza Gardner, Chris Higgins and yours truly -- as we tell five stories, each explaining one way that design has makes the city feel the way it does. Ziba auditorium, 810 NW Marshall Street. 6:00pm Friday, October 11. Free.
Design Matters: A Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes
Here in Portland, we hold a special place in our hearts for the unique and creative. This year's homes tour, sponsored by The American Institute of Architects Portland, is showcasing small and smart homes. Working within a tight framework, these featured architects had to get clever and innovative with their designs. From cantilevering a second story to reshaping an existing mid-century model home, Portland architects (including Benjamin Waechter, whose work is pictured above) once again show us we can live large while being small and smart. 10:00am Saturday, October 12. Tickets available here or by calling AIA Portland at (503) 223-8775. $40.
Riches of A City - Heritage Auction
Enjoy an inspiring evening of supporting local heritage education and advocacy by bidding on specially-donated items. At this fundraiser for the invaluable Architectural Heritage Center, you’ll find art and heirlooms, unique dining and travel experiences with a vintage flair, and fun kitsch. Melody Balroom, 615 SE Alder Street. 6pm Saturday, October 12. $75.
Lovejoy Columns & Tom Stefopoulos Bike Tour
Presented by Know Your City, this bicycle tour that will uncover the significance of the Lovejoy Columns, including their history in the surrounding neighborhood, their place within Greek culture in Portland, their depiction in the media, and efforts to save the artwork that adorned them. The columns, which featured several large murals painted by Stefopoulos, were a well-known landmark in the Pearl District before they were demolished in 1998 during the redesign of the Broadway Bridge (they are now on view in the Pearl District but covered with photographic reproductions of the murals until an indoor home can be found). Narrated by James Harrison of Friends of the Columns (who led the effort to preserve Stefoloulos's work) and guided by Carye Bye, Portland's "Museum Lady." Proceeds from the tour will provide funding for a gravestone for Stefopoulos's currently unmarked grave at the Rose City Cemetery. 1:30pm Sunday, October 13. Tickets available here. $18 ($15 for Know Your City members).