BY BRIAN LIBBY
The Architectural Evolution of Portland Public Schools
Between 1845 and 1979, Portland erected dozens of schools in a variety of designs to address the city’s ever changing demographics, political ideologies, architectural character, educational philosophies, notions of health and fitness, and economic progress. Amazingly, Portland Public Schools has one of the larger intact collections of pre-1967 schools in the West with 94 of its 98 properties erected during that time period. This Architectural Heritage Center lecture by architectural historian and Historic Landmarks Commission chair Kirk Ranzetta (who also was principal author for Portland Public Schools' 2009 Historic Building Assessment) will review the three major school building campaigns and relate entertaining stories about the architects, builders, administrators, and students who have made the schools what they are today. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, December 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
What’s Next for Solar in Oregon? | Solar Oregon 2017 Annual Meeting
This annual meeting for Solar Oregon doubles as a lecture and panel discussion. The event begins with a talk from Representative Karin Powell, a Democrat representing Milwaukie in the Oregon legislature, before giving way to a panel discussion titled "Community Resiliency and Clean Technologies," moderated by Claire Carlson of Lockheed Martin Energy with panelists including Tanya Barham of PECI, Adam Schultz from the Oregon Department of Energy, Joseph Wheatley of Tesla Energy, and Olaf Lohr of Sonnen Batterie. Global Homestead Community Garage, 416 SE Oak Street. 10AM Saturday, December 2. Free ($20 plus $1.39 fee for lunch).
Historic Ladd’s Addition Walking Tour
The historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood is known for its “X in a box” street grid and fabulous collection of historic single-family house styles, from arts and crafts to Victorian to bungalows. This is Portland’s first Historic Conservation District and in many ways represents the Portland standard for a walk/bike friendly neighborhood with tree lined streets, parks, churches and neighborhood school. This Positively Portland walking tour will highlight the well-preserved fabric of historic buildings that make this neighborhood one of the most livable in Portland. Tour meets at Palio Coffee & Dessert House, 1996 SE Ladd Avenue. 1PM Saturday, December 2. $15.
This presentation by award-winning Seattle engineer Tom Marseille of WSP Built Ecology provides attendees with a glimpse of where technology is heading and its profound impact on our built environment. Society is rapidly evolving beyond technology as a set of non-interconnected systems that do not communicate, do not share and learn from data that is available. We are on the verge of creating buildings that understand us, know our preferences and can anticipate where we go and enhance our experience along the way. Marseille's presention explores the systems evolution trajectory and maps the path to fully integrated “Smart Buildings” that will change the way we design and engage with built environment. AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, December 6. $35 (plus $4.01 fee) for non-AIA members, $25 (plus $3.45 fee) for AIA members, $15 (plus $2.89 fee) for Associate AIA members, $5 (plus $2.33 fee) for students or those not seeking AIA continuing education credits.
Entrepreneurship for Designers
An entrepreneur is commonly defined as a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. But what does entrepreneurship really mean for individuals and businesses? This class is aimed at designers who want to form their own design agency, develop and sell their own products, or launch a start-up. Teacher Matthew Rhoades is a veteran of several global design studios. A former Nike Global Creative Director, Rhoades' award-winning career encompasses more than two decades, 40+ patents and multiple global design awards. Achievement highlights include an IDEA Gold Metal, a Newsweek “Product of the Year,” and designing the Trek Y-Bike, named “Third most influential mountain bike of all time.” His experience transcends traditional industrial design products, encompassing digital (UI/UX), brand strategy, cutting edge innovation, new business strategy, and overall design excellence. Creative Capital Design, 1231 NW Hoyt Street, #304. 6PM Wednesday, December 6. $75 (plus $4.04 fee).
Setting Measurable Building Performance Targets for Deep Energy Savings
Join Energy Trust of Oregon’s New Buildings program and presenter Connor Jansen of Seventhwave to learn about performance-based procurement approaches to meeting building performance goals. Including energy as a metric in new construction contracts puts building performance on equal footing with project budget, schedule and program. In this session, we will help owners and developers set contractual, measurable energy goals within a competitive proposal process and assist design team members in understanding and meeting building performance targets. AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 9AM Thursday, December 2. Free.
2030 Challenge Series – Part II
This one hour lunch-and-learn workshop will be the second of the American Institue of Architects Portland chapter Committee on the Environment's 2030 Challenge series. This course, the second in a series, will feature a brief intro to the 2030 Challenge with a focus on reporting methods and tips for developing a reporting process strategy. The second half of the session will be a breakout workshop format to discuss some of the key elements of the reporting process and troubleshooting common issues. Presenters will include Ashleigh Fischer and Amy Jarvis of ZGF as well as Hannah Silver of GBD Architects. AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Friday, December 8. $10 (plus $2.61 fee).
Portland and the Better Homes in America Campaign: A look at Eastmoreland’s Better (Small) Homes
During the 1920s, the national Better Homes in America Campaign focused on creating healthy homes while making home ownership available to a larger part of the population. Locally, leading Portland architects such as Jamieson Parker, Ellis Lawrence and Harold Doty took up this challenge and gave their attention to designing the “home for people of normal means.” In this Architectural Heritage Center lecture, emeritus University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Judith Kenny reports on the national movement and the local response to the call for small “better homes” by highlighting demonstration houses built in the Eastmoreland neighborhood during the 1920s. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, December 9. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Doug Macy Celebration of Life
Landscape architect J. Douglas Macy, who passed away on November 10, was one of the most accomplished in Portland. A co-founder of Portland firm Walker Macy, which traces its roots to 1975, Macy worked on landmark projects like Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portland State University Urban Plaza, the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Living Memorial, Willamette National Cemetery, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Skamania Lodge. Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Avenue. 5PM Thursday, December 14. Free.
Pearl District walking tour
The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago, but it has since been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly neighborhood with contemporary and adaptive high rise housing, fine dining and world class entertainment. The Pearl has become a model of high quality urban living and a must-see destination for visitors to our world-class city. This Positively Portland Walking Tour includes the historic warehouse buildings that became the basis for the present Pearl district, including the recently re-purposed and re-opened Schnitzer Center at Pacific Northwest College of Art, now located in the grand classical revival former 511 Broadway federal building dating to 1916. Tour begins at AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 1PM Friday, December 15. $15.
Docomomo Oregon Jingle & Mingle
Join the Oregon chapter of modernist preservation group Docomomo Oregon for an evening of merrymaking. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite ugly Christmas sweater. The evening also includes a raffle of photography by Harley Cowan. Peter Meijer Architect, 605 NE 21st Avenue. 5:30PM Friday, December 15. Free to Docomomo members, $5 (plus $2.33 fee) for non-members.