BY BRIAN LIBBY
ARE Lecture Series – Building Systems 1
The AIA Portland Emerging Professionals Committee partners with local professionals to produce this annual lecture series to prepare licensure candidates for NCARB’s Architect Registration Exam. This edition, the sixth of an eight-part series, is one of two consecutive lectures addressing building systems. AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, April 4. $200 for full series ($100 for AIA members) or $30 per lecture ($15 for AIA members).
Landscape Lighting with Janet Lennox Moyer
Landscape lighting designer Janet Lennox Moyer will be leading a workshop that shares lighting techniques necessary for creating successful, cohesive luminous compositions. Moyer will focus on the concerns to think about during conceptual design planning, and specific solutions to consider for plant materials. The designer will also show day and night comparisons, then she will discuss how lighting planning needs to consider all the changes the garden will experience over time, and, as always, provide practical application information. Following the morning workshop, "Painting Landscapes With Light," Moyer host a luncheon talk called, "Integrating LED into our Landscape Lighting Design. 2 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, Plaza Conference Room. 7:30AM Thursday, April 6. $40 ($35 for Illumination Engineering Society members).
Beyond Blade Runner: Imagining Community In Cities Of The Future
Science fiction often gives short shrift to cities. They’re places we’d rather not visit, like nasty New York in Soylent Green and Escape from New York, the antiseptic City of Domes in Logan’s Run, or menacing Los Angeles in Blade Runner. Look again, however, and Blade Runner’s city is also diverse, disordered, and alive. The entire pulsating mishmash of food carts, sushi bars, and discount retailers that line LA streets in 2019 match one of the standard prescriptions for vitalizing bland American cities and provide a launch point for examining science fiction that celebrates the social vitality and cultural dynamism of urban life with its mix of creativity and community. This presentation by PSU emeritus professor Carl Abbott highlights the work of Samuel R. Delany, China Miéville, Nicola Griffith, and Nalo Hopkinson, and concludes with comments on themes of community and resilience in Kim Stanley Robinson’s most recent book, New York 2140. Portland State University, Urban Center, Parsons Gallery, 506 SW Mill Street. 7PM Thursday, April 6. Free.
Building on the Common Ground: Structures for Inclusion Conference
Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design and School of Architecture have joined with Design Corps, Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), DesignBuildXchange, and Live Projects Network to host Building on the Common Ground: Structures for Inclusion Conference 2017, April 6 – 9, 2017. The conference brings together the best ideas and practices from around the world for reaching those currently underserved or unserved by architecture, including awards for excellence in public interest design. The keynote address will be given by Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman. Portland State University, various locations. Conference begins 8AM Friday, April 7. $125 ($75 for AIA, ASLA or SEED members or for students).
Department of Architecture Grad Day
The University of Oregon in Portland welcomes admitted architecture and interior architecture graduate applicants to Grad Day to visit the department, learn about faculty research and scholarship, hear about the programs and opportunities, visit studios and research laboratories, and meet potential classmates. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 9:30AM Friday, April 7. Free.
COTE Tour: Central Catholic High School “Link” Addition
Since Central Catholic High School’s first wing was built in 1939, a succession of additions have filled out the urban four-block site. Six years ago, the school challenged Portland's Bora to develop a modernization plan for the building and provide a 21st century learning environment while retaining the culture of the CCHS community. The first phase of this new vision is the Monsignor Tim Murphy Center, subject of this AIA Committee on the Environment tour. With two stories above grade plus a basement level, it ties into the existing building, forming a continuous “loop” at the ground level and connecting to the day-lit basement. The new wing hosts a mix of sustainable elements including extensive daylighting, super-efficient mechanical systems, and sustainable landscaping, as well as the design supports the school’s goals of responsible stewardship and provides anticipated energy savings 67% over code minimum. Central Catholic High School, 2401 SE Stark Street. 4PM Friday, April 7. $35 ($25 for AIA members, $15 for associate AIA members, $5 for students).
Classical Downtown Portland Tour
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. You’ll see the city’s first “skyscraper”, a bank that could have been a Greek temple and you’ll 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 meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 8. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Fred G. Meyer, the Claussen Brothers, and the Architecture of “One-Stop Shopping”
Perhaps no other entrepreneur had such an impact on 20th century Portland as Fred G. Meyer. In the 1920s, Meyer began building his “One-Stop Shopping” stores around the Portland area. This Architectural Heritage Center lecture takes a close look at the life and work of Meyer as well as the work of the architectural firm of Claussen & Claussen, with whom Meyer frequently worked. Fred Leeson, author of My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution and AHC president, presents the story of Meyer, putting his life and work in context with the stores he built. Portland architects Fred and William Claussen play an important role in the story, as they designed some of Meyer’s first stores, along with several other notable Portland buildings including the Roosevelt Hotel and Laurelhurst School. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, April 8. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Pioneers to Postmodern Downtown Walking Tour
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 terracotta 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 meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, April 11. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Resiliency: A Panel Discussion
Resiliency (better known as "resilience") seems to be the topic on everyone’s minds these days as more and more research comes out regarding the major earthquake that is predicted to hit the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 to 100 years. Current projections for the Northwest predict that it could be months to years before basic services are restored. Fortunately, due to a lot of work by a group of dedicated volunteers, Oregon now has the Oregon Resiliency Plan in place with steps we can take to be able to recover from a major disaster quickly. In this Construction Specifications Institute discussion, Carmen Merlo from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Services will discuss unreinforced masonry buildings in Portland, and an initiative to make seismic retrofits mandatory. Richard Steinbrugge from the Beaverton School District will discuss how the organization included resiliency planning in their new high school and middle school and 1 percent budget premium that it took to make both schools into community shelters in the event of a major earthquake. Teri Martin with the City Club of Portland will discuss how social resiliency can foster stronger communities before, during, and after a major disaster. Elephant's on Corbett, 5221 SW Corbett Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, April 11. $40 ($30 for CSI members).
Plant a Seed – Value & Landscape Design
Ecological landscape designers Pete Widin and Mike Conover will present on the value of landscape design as part of the Plant A Seed event series. They will also be sharing their vision for beautiful and productive landscapes in the Alberta Neighborhood. Stop by for a drink and discover the value of Landscape Design. Barista, 1725 NE Alberta Street. 6PM Thursday, April 13. Free.
2017 Old House Revival Tour
This self-guided Architectural Heritage Center tour gives attendees the opportunity to see inside several Portland area houses, each providing ideas and information on how one can restore spaces lost to previous remodels, create new spaces that are sensitive to the architecture of the home, or preserve original building materials. This year the tour stops are located in in all four quadrants: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and North Portland, including two within a historic district that demonstrate how one can readily update homes to meet your needs and still meet design guidelines. Two homes on the tour this year are associated with noted Portland architects – Joseph Jacobberger and Roscoe Hemenway. 10AM Saturday, April 15. $35 ($22.50 for AHC members, $15 for those aged 18-25, free for children).