BY BRIAN LIBBY
Stitch Awards Celebration
An unveiling and celebration of the winner and competitors from the AIA/Portland ideas competition devoted to covering portions of Interstate 405 as it bisects Portland’s downtown and the Goose Hollow neighborhood. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Friday, May 16. Free.
Irvington Home Tour
The Irvington Home Tour, a fundraiser for the Irvington Community Association, is the longest continuously running neighborhood home tour in Portland. The very first Irvington Home Tour, conducted in 1967, was the first such tour in the city. The neighborhood contains one of the nation's best collections of early 20th century residential architecture. In 2010, Irvington was designated a National Register listed Historic Distric, becoming the largest in Oregon with more than 2,800 properties, 85 percent of which considered contributing to the historic fabric of the neighborhood. Irvington also has one of the city's best and most mature tree canopies. 11AM-5PM Sunday, May 18. $27.
Metropolis LIVE! with Susan Szenasy & Francis Bronet
Susan Szenasy, editor and publisher of the architecture and design magazine Metropolis, engages in a series of national conversations exploring issues of design advocacy and ethics while celebrating the release of her book Szenasy, Design Advocate, a collection of writings and talks from the past 30 years. Szenasy will participate in a conversation with UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Frances Bronet. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 6PM Thursday, May 22.
In Process: Thomas Robinson, Tim Fouch
The latest installment in the quarterly lecture series In-Process, which explores the creative processes of local architects, designers, makers and creators, features Thomas Robinson from Lever Architecture and Tim Fouch from Fieldwork Design. Lever’s recent portfolio includes the Art House residence hall for Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Union Way retail project. Fieldwork, recently profiled in Portland Monthly, offers a multi-disciplinary approach to in architecture, furniture, and industrial design. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Thursday, May 22. Free.
Modernism and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the northern portion of downtown, including Portland skyscrapers from the oldest to the near-tallest and most recent. The fingerprints of iconic architect Pietro Belluschi are on five buildings on this tour, including perhaps his most famous of all, the Equitable Building. Other stops include the work of modern masters Richard Sundeleaf, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. We'll also look at three modern public plazas and try to figure out reasons for success or failure of those designs. 6PM Thursday, May 22. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Architects Without Borders: Damberger and Szmoniak
Following a showing and discussion of a brief TED Talk called “What Happens When an NGO Admits Failure” by David Damberger of Engineers Without Borders, Portland State University instructor Tom Szymoniak of Engineers Without Borders will lead a talk and discussion. AWB-Oregon is currently working with Syzmoniak and EWB’s PSU chapter on designing a site plan for community facilities and a school on 10 acres in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. Team members will present the project and discuss ways to ensure its success. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. 6PM, Wednesday, May 28. Free.
Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory Open House
Professor G.Z. Brown, head of the University of Oregon's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, has long been one of the nation's foremost experts on architectural daylighting. Brown and colleagues at the ESBL Open House whill showcasing the Climate Chamber and other research instruments to reduce energy use in buildings and improve human comfort such as the Heliodon and the Artificial Sky. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 4PM Thursday, May 29. Free.
PSU Sustainability Celebration
Providing an overview of sustainability programming at Portland State University, the Sustainability Celebration includes remarks by Mayor Charlie Hales, PSU President Wim Wiewel, and PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions Director Jennifer Allen. Also including the Annual Sustainability Awards ceremony and a musical performance by PSU's a cappella group, The Green Note. Portland State University, Smith Student Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway. 4PM Thursday, May 29. Free.
Portland Architecture- How Good is Good Enough?
How does the city's design review process work? Should it be expanded to other parts of the city? Three prominent design advocates who have overseen the city's review during three distinct eras share their opinions about how to get the best buildings for the city. Panelists: Michael McCullouch, architect, urban designer and developer; Guenevere Millius, President of Parachute Strategies and chair of the Design Commission; John Russell, President of Russell Development Company. Randy Gragg, director of the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center, will moderate the program. Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue. 12:15PM Friday, May 30. $30 for non-City Club members.
Mid-Century Renovations and the Northwest Regional Style
Do you own a Mid-Century house that needs work to restore its original character and charm? Do you have woodwork in your postwar home that needs attention, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Patrick O'Neill, master craftsma and owner of Greenline Fine Woodworking, provides an overview and detailed look at several mid-century modern restoration/renovations, including homes designed by Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand. 10AM Saturday, May 31. $20 ($12 for AHC members).