BY BRIAN LIBBY
PSU School of Architecture Spring 2016 Final Reviews
The Spring 2016 term concludes with final presentations and critiques in each of the Portland State University School of Architecture's studio courses at every level, from first-year drawing and visual communications classes to graduate design work. If you are interested in attending a final review, please contact the School of Architecture office at email@example.com or (503) 725-8405 in advance. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, Broadway and Hall Streets. 1PM, 3PM, 4PM and 6PM Wednesday, June 1, 1PM and 2PM Friday, June 3 and 1PM Wednesday, June 8. Free.
Pearl District Walking Tour: Preservation In The Midst Of Change
Over the last 20 years, the Pearl District has been transformed from industrial enclave and rail yards into one of Portland’s most popular residential, cultural and retail districts, as this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour will demonstrate. A century ago, the area went through a similar transformation, from a working class housing area at the edge of a marsh to the city’s biggest industrial and warehousing area. Many of Portland’s best known architects of the period designed buildings for important local and national companies. Most of these buildings remain, with their exteriors intact, and new uses inside. But as the recent demolition of the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Feldman Building (a renovated old warehouse) reminds us, the current wave of development could threaten more historic buildings. Tour meets at southeast corner of NW 10th Avenue and Johnson Street. 6PM Wednesday, June 1. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Open House: UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts
At the University of Oregon's Portland outpost, student work from the Department of Architecture, the Department of Art – Digital Arts Program, and the Department of Product Design will be on display. Final thesis projects from the Department of Architecture in Portland graduate students will be exhibited, with projects addressing a range of issues affecting the built environment. The title of this year’s exhibition is “FORWARD,” and will feature work from the following studios: Transitional Housing Prototypes with instructor, Brian Cavanaugh; Next Generation Schools with Associate Professor Gerald Gast; and Repairing the Earth – Repairing the City with Associate Professor and Department of Architecture in Portland head, Hajo Neis. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 6PM Thursday, June 2. Free.
Sullivan's Gulch Walking Tour
When Ralph Lloyd began his 35-year effort to create an east Portland "downtown" in 1926, the site for his project, Holladay's Addition, was one of Portland's grandest neighborhoods. The remaining neighborhood, now known as Sullivan’s Gulch, was heavily impacted by the development of the nearby Lloyd Center mall. But as this Architectural Heritage Center tour demonstrates, the neighborhood still retains some significant historic residential architecture. Tour begins at northeast corner of Holladay Park, NE 13th Avenue and Multnomah Street, 6PM Thursday, June 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Modernism and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown
Downtown Portland contains an abundance of post-World War II architecture by some of the leading architects and firms of their time, such as Pietro Belluschi and ZGF. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the northern portion of the central business district. Attendees will learn about the controversial and the award winners, the architects and firms that designed them, and the issues of the times that led to such dramatic changes to our built environment and skyline. Tour meets at the northeast corner of SW 6th Avenue and Oak Street. 10AM Saturday, June 3. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Historic Multi-Family Housing of NW Portland
Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District is often thought of for its beautiful mansions, but as this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour demonstrates, it also has a substantial collection of multifamily housing. The Couch family built some of the earliest upscale rental units, and in the 1920s Elmer Feig became well known for his Northwest Portland apartment designs. A housing crunch during World War II additionally led to the conversion of many classic homes into multi-family units. Tour meets at NW 22nd and Kearney. 10AM Thursday, June 4. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Case Work: Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture
For more than a decade, Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, have been regarded at the top of local architecture, with a portfolio that includes the Weiden + Kennedy headquarters and the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland as well as major museums in New York, Seattle, St. Louis and Denver in addition to a host of other houses, school facilities and art installations. This Portland Art Museum exhibit, which originated at the Denver Art Museum earlier this year (but was created by PAM in collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum), presents architectural models and studies from some 60 different Allied Works projects. Unlike most museum exhibits of architectural models, this one includes a particularly artful series of displays that recall the origins of museums as cabinets of curiosities. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. Exhibit opens 10AM Saturday, June 4. $19.99 for adults, $16.99 for seniors and college students, free to children under 17.
Portland Modern Home Tour
Celebrating its third year, the Portland Modern Home Tour offers a mix of both midcentury-modern and contemporary houses, apartments and condos. Included in this year's tour are a new floating home on the Willamette from Integrate Architecture, new houses in Northeast Portland from Waterleaf Architecture and Matthew Daby, a new apartment on Marquam Hill by Lever Architecture, a new house in Southwest Portland by Risa Boyer, a vintage Robert Rummer house near Beaverton, a new North Portland house by Brent Keys, and a vintage Frank Shell house in outer Northwest. 11AM Saturday, June 4. $35.
Classical Downtown Portland
Downtown Portland contains an extensive collection of classically influenced buildings, many of which are clad with glazed terra cotta, a building material that was at its height of popularity in the early 20th century. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour, attendees will see the city’s first “skyscraper”, a bank that could have been a Greek temple, and learn about several architects from this period who left an indelible impression on Portland including A.E. Doyle, the firm of Whidden and Lewis, and the Reid Brothers from San Francisco. Tour begins on SW Broadway at Pioneer Courthouse Square - above the fountain. 6PM Wednesday, June 8 and 10AM Monday, June 13. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Master of Architecture Thesis Show 2016
Portland State University School of Architecture presents an opening reception for a weeklong exhibition of thesis work and installations by its 2016 Master of Architecture candidates, featuring 23 innovative design responses to life in the contemporary world. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Thursday, June 9.
Boise Neighborhood and Mississippi Avenue
The dramatic redevelopment occurring along Mississippi Avenue today is merely the latest chapter in the remarkable and unique history of this neighborhood. From an electric streetcar line to racially discriminatory real estate redlining, this tour explores the cultural and economic changes that have shaped Boise's built environment. Tour-goers will see examples of late-19th century working-class homes built primarily by Scandinavian, German, and Polish immigrants, not to mention a forgotten dance hall that once housed a temple of the Nation of Islam. 6PM Thursday, June 9. $20 ($12 for AHC Members).
Pioneers to Postmodern
Taking a whirlwind tour of the entire range of Portland's architectural history via this downtown Architectural Heritage Center tour, attendees will learn about the first wooden structures near the river as well as the elaborate cast iron, stone and terra cotta decorated buildings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From there one will be transported into the modern age and the sleek designs of Pietro Belluschi and the postmodernism of Michael Graves. Tour meets at southwest corner of SW Pine Street and Naito Parkway. 6PM Wednesday, June 15. $20 ($12 for AHC members).