Portland-Milwaukie bridge under construction (photo courtesy Alene Davis Photography)
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Discussing the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
The longest car-free bridge in the United States is currently nearing completion on the Willamette River. The new bridge’s designer, Donald MacDonald, will talk about the design while the chair of the bridge-naming committee, Chet Orloff, will talk about naming of the new bridge. MacDonald has successfully completed designs for more than 35 bridges throughout the United States, and is the architect of the recently completed East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Orloff is director emeritus of the Oregon History Society and is an adjunct professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University, where he also founded the Museum of the City. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue. 7pm Monday, February 3. Free.
In the Shadow of a Concrete Forest: The Mt. Hood Freeway Story
In 1974, a judge's ruling put a halt to further development of the proposed Mt. Hood Freeway, a once-planned but never constructed Mount Hood Freeway has attained legendary status as a tale of grass-roots efforts by citizen activists to preserve their Portland neighborhoods. Lesser known, however, is the story of where the concept for the freeway originated, and how it would have fit into the larger transportation network of the city. It is also the story of how a handful of political leaders utilized their power, along with changes in federal transportation and environmental policies, to move a Pacific Northwest city away from complete automobile dependence and toward burgeoning alternatives in mass transit. Val Ballestrem shares the Mt Hood Freeway story from its origin in the minds of highway planners through to its demise and long-lasting impacts. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7pm Tuesday, February 4. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth – Urban Architecture and Urban Design
University of Oregon architecture professor Hajo Neis, an architect and urban designer with more than 35 years of professional experience and projects internationally. In 2006, Neis founded the Portland Architecture Research Laboratory at the UO, devoted to urban research as well as practical and experimental projects. Neis's lecture draws from the recently published book ‘Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth,’ which he co-wrote, to present what he describes as “a revolutionary vision for the human environment: in coming eras, the environment will be conceived, designed, made, and widely understood as a necessary part of our emotional and social life.” University of Oregon White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30pm Wednesday, February 5. Free.
Unclad: Marco Casagrande
Award-winning cross-disciplinary architect Marco Casagrande will deliver the next lecture in Portland State University School of Architecture’s 2013-2014 lecture series, “Unclad." Principal of Casagrande Laboratory, a Finland-based studio in Karjaa, Finland, Marco Casagrande moves freely between architecture, urban and environmental design, science, art, and circus. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Havana Biennale and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial. In September 2013, he was awarded the prestigious European Prize for Architecture. Portland State University Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway & Hall Street. 6pm Thursday, February 6. Free.
William Temple House and the Legacy of McCaw, Martin, and White
Long acclaimed as a masterwork of architects Whidden and Lewis, the Dr. Kenneth A. J. and Cora Mackenzie residence -- better known now as the William Temple House -- was established in 2012 as the work of another firm, McCaw and Martin. Ed Teague, head of the Architecture and Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon, will discuss the work of William F. McCaw and Richard H. Martin, Jr., masters of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and best known as architects of Portland’s Dekum Building, the Portland Armory (now the Gerding Theater), First Presbyterian Church, and the University of Portland’s West Hall. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10am Saturday, February 8. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Georgeen Theodore: The Emergency and the Everyday
Theodore is an architect, urban designer, and associate professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, where she is the Director of the Infrastructure Planning program, as well as a co-founder of Interboro Partners, the New York City-based architecture and planning research office. In 2008, she and her partners were invited to co-curate the American contribution to the 2009 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale. In 2010, her practice won the Museum of Modern Art’s P.S.1 Young Architect’s Program with the project “Holding Pattern.” In 2013, Interboro Partners was one of ten teams selected in an international competition to participate in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design Competition. University of Oregon White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 3pm Thursday, February 13. Free.