BY BRIAN LIBBY
Portland Photographers' Forum
An 80-member non-profit group of photographic artists, educators, professionals and enthusiasts, the Portland Photographers' Forum promotes photography as a fine art through exhibitions of member work, public workshops and meetings featuring talks by noted photographers. This show features architectural photography by Ray Bidegain, Loren Nelson and Pete Gomena, among others. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. Opening reception 6pm Friday, November 1. Free.
PUARL International Conference
A biennial conference hosted by the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory and the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, this year's theme is "Battle for the Life and Beauty of The Earth." The conference will focus on problems and issues that are faced in urban environments and buildings throughout the world today. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5pm Friday, November 1. $100-300.
Ginger Krieg Dosier
Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Crafts' joint MFA program in applied craft and design welcomes Ginger Krieg Dosier as part of the 2013-2014 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. An Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah College of Architecture, Art and Design, United Arab Emirates, Dosier's research lies in the choreography of materiality with an environmental focus, engaging in co-research forums and cross-disciplinary collaboration while seeking a scientific understanding of the properties of material in relation to architectural performance. In 2012 Dosier founded bioMASON, a unique biotechnology start-up manufacturing company that employs natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials with the aim of revolutionizing the building and construction industry. Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue. 6:30pm Wednesday, November 6. Free.
Restore Oregon's First Annual DeMuro Awards, honoring the late developer and historic preservationist Art Demuro, celebrates Oregon’s best preservation projects and features guest speaker Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Ecotrust Building, 721 NW Ninth Avenue. 5:30pm Wednesday, November 6. $30-40.
Cohousing: Reinventing Retirement
Members of the Baby Boom generation often reject old retirement models, choosing to instead live in intentional communities of friends, have neighbors who are caring, positive adults; have private residences but shared common spaces; walk to almost everything. Speaker Kathryn McCamant has been responsible for co-launching 50 such communities in North America. "Creating Community: Boomers do it Better" is the title of her presentation. Mississippi Pizza, 4115 N Mississippi Avenue. 7pm Thursday, November 7. Free.
What Is Public Space Now?
As more diverse demands are placed upon public spaces, how should they be designed and created? To explore this question, urbanLAB:PDX, a research collaborative at the PSU School of Architecture, presents a global survey of more than 30 contemporary design projects in the public realm. These projects include post-industrial waterfronts, energized streetscapes, large and small parks and communal rituals. Projects range from New York City’s Highline to Paris’s temporary riverfront beaches to Ballast Point Park on former brownfields in Sidney to the spectacle Waterfire in Providence. How do Portland’s public spaces stack up against these global efforts? The exhibit runs November 7-27. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. Opening reception 6pm Thursday, November 7. Free.
Speaking as part of the Portland State University School of Architecture's "Unclad" lecture series, Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (co-authored with June Williamson), received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 Ideas Changing The World Right Now.” Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 6pm Thursday, November 7. Free.
2030 Momentum: Targets and Barriers
Nine cities and two states have already passed mandatory energy use disclosure requirements. It is only a matter of time before our design community is be faced with disclosing buildings’ energy use. Clark Brockman of SERA Architects and Marc Prune of PAE Consulting Engineers will discuss keeping up with 2030 Challenge energy performance targets and breaking down barriers that hinder performance. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 9am Friday, November 8. $105 ($75 for AIA members).
Charles Ertz: Architect, Builder, Entrepreneur
With a career that began around 1906, Ertz (1887-1979) was responsible for a number of National Register-listed properties including the Jantzen House in Lake Oswego (1935) and the Parkview Apartments in northeast Portland (1940). Ertz worked in a number of architectural styles. A prime English Tudor example is the former Lloyd Golf Club building (1930), now a credit union near Benson High School. Ertz differed from other architects of his time with his entrepreneurial bent, engaging in everything from land speculation and design to building and financing. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10am Saturday, November 9. $18 ($10 for AHC members).
Celebrate Preservation: The Gordon House
Recently bequeathed with a donation from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Gordon House near Silverton, Oregon's only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, continues its path to full restoration. This gathering celebrates the Gordon while raising awareness about the Murdock Trust's matching donations. Design Within Reach, 1200 NW Everett. 6pm Tuesday, November 12. Free.