BY BRIAN LIBBY
Note: With Design Week Portland in full swing, there are far more events happening than we can realistically offer in one post. For a full list of events, visit the Design Week Portland website.
Place as a Platform for Living: An Experimental Design Challenge
This Design Week Portland workshop will address the homelessness epidemic by exploring how the Platform Design Toolkit can be used to discover and create a platform for transforming the ecosystem and experiences of homelessness, street living, poverty, regulatory frameworks, environments, mental health, physical health, living spaces, architecture and building, community spaces, living tools, essential human necessities, and the quality of life for everyone in the city, and throughout the region. The Design Platform Toolkit was originally created as an open-source, evolutionary, tool for service design and business modelling. Our experiment will apply this same tool to the context of Place as a Platform for Living. Wacom Experience Center, 1455 NW Irving Street. 9AM Monday, April 16. $3.
One City/Many Futures: The Portland We Are Making (Part Three)
A rapid-fire evening of soon-to-be built buildings and landscapes, big and small, that will shape the urban landscape presented on-stage by their designers. From radical new work space to the first highrise school west of the Mississippi to an Oregon take on the doric column, this third and final installment of a series hosted by Randy Gragg features the latest work by a range of architects. Among the architects and other design minds sharing their latest projects will be Allied Works, Hacker, Holst Architecture, Path Architecture, Bora, Portland State University's School of Architecture, Skylab Architecture, and Guerrilla Development. Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway. 6PM Monday, April 16. $15.
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. 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 meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, April 17. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
From Cubicles to Campuses
Field Office, the latest from Portland developer Project^ and designed by Hacker, is an exciting urban campus opening in Portland's new Frontside district. At 300,000 square-feet spanning two buildings, Field Office will be one of the largest office projects in town. Join Tom Cody of Project^ for a 20-minute Design Week Portland presentation as he discusses the vision behind Field Office’s unique design and answer how architects and developers are purpose-building the next generation of office space. Get the inside scoop on the process and execution of an urban space through the lens of the first tenant, Adpearance, one of Oregon's fastest-growing companies who required an inspiring, efficient, and flexible workspace for their technology-focused marketing and sales company. Field Office, 2035 NW 17th Avenue. 3PM Tuesday, April 17. Free.
How Sustainability Powers High Performance
How does designing for sustainability make for a better world? This Design Week Portland panel, co-hosted by ZGF and Ziba, aggregates design leaders to explore how high performing, sustainable design enriches lives by promoting individual health and well-being, workforce productivity and economic resilience. Speakers include Bill Browning, co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green; Eric Park, design fellow at Ziba Design and a business designer at Cambia Health; and ZGF partners Gene Sandoval and Kathy Berg. Ziba Auditorium, 810 NW Marshall Street. 5PM Tuesday, April 17. Free.
Design is Destiny: Schools of the Future
Engage with those behind the new Faubion School, which serves not only prekindergarten through eight grade students but also, in a unique partnership, is also part of Concordia University. In this Design Week Portland event, the school's architect, principal, university faculty, and curriculum designers will lead a talk and tour to find out how design is destiny for 800-plus students and their families in Northeast Portland. TParticipants can experience a day in the life inside Portland's first newly constructed school in two decades, which opened in fall 2017, and includes Faubion PK-8, Concordia University's College of Education, an early childhood center, the 3 to PhD Kaiser Permanente Wellness Center, STEAM/maker spaces, and a food club. Faubion School + Concordia University, 2930 NE Dekum Street. 5PM Tuesday, April 17. Free.
The Story of NOW, The Story of HOW: Highlighting Women in Design
Six short talks led by six remarkable women in different fields of design — each a firm founder and active leader — will introduce their unique design perspective and share their professional journey. Creatives, future leaders in design, and design enthusiasts, join us to hear stories, get inspiration and encouragement, and connect with local designers. Presenters include Amanda Petretti, founder of Studio Petretti Architecture; Katherine Cunningham and Jenny Streb, founding partners of Samata Engineers; Allison Bryan, founder and creative director of Open Studio Collective; Ella Mills, founder of Biella Lighting; Kaarin Knudson, founder of Larco/Knudson Sustainable Urban Design; and Traci Sym, founding principal of Plus and Greater Than. Studio Petretti Architecture/Samata Engineers, 2335 SE 50th Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, April 17. Free.
State of Wonder - Buildings Full of Women
While working on a story for Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio show State of Wonder about why so few new buildings in Portland seem willing to spare a dime on designing outside the box, host April Baer interviewed an architect who mentioned that he’d never once been asked to design a building with women in mind. Almost exclusively, the developers he’s worked with cater to the needs of young, professional male residents. This got Baer and her OPB collaborators thinking: what would it look like to design buildings and spaces for women? This State of Wonder recording will take an intersectional approach, exploring how architecture could also be more inclusive to people of color, those with disabilities, gender non-conforming people, the elderly, and other marginalized groups. Professionals will be inspired to think in more elastic ways about the built environment, and integrate a sense of agency in their interactions with architectural design and planning. The Nightwood Society, 2218 NE Broadway. 6PM Tuesday, April 17. Free.
Changing the World with VR
This Design Week Portland event features the latest in virtual reality technology for the design and construction industry. VR completely changes the way people experience design and ideation. Attendees will be provided with their own avatars to explore and test out. Grit Building Solutions, 919 SW Taylor, Suite 800. 10:30AM Wednesday, April 18. Free.
Humanist and Regional Approaches to Healthy Housing and Places
This Design Week Portland interactive talk will include a presentation of vibrantly built and conceptual projects in the Portland metro area and beyond, as well as discussion of current and upcoming changes to the City of Portland planning and zoning codes. Constructive Form Architecture and Design, 1222 SW Broadway. 4PM Wednesday, April 18. Free.
Design Workshop: ADUs and Short-Term Rentals
During this Design Week Portland workshop, attendees can learn which design considerations to take into account when integrating an ADU into one's home footprint, how adding a short-term rental works financially, and about long-term planning needs. Hear from people who’ve been remodeling Portland homes on a daily basis for more than 20 years, and learn all the ins and outs about the city’s guidelines and requirements. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 5PM Wednesday, April 18. $10.
Disruptive Design Thinking: Pushing Boundaries in Design and Development
Shake up your design strategy with advice from a panel of experts in innovative design thinking. Hosted by design writer Brian Libby (who also composed this listing in third person), the panel includes bespoke couture designer Sonia Kasparian of Urchin (recently named Best Women's Wear designer at the Portland Fashion and Style Awards for the second year in a row); textile artist/designer and educator Trish Langman of Spoogi (who has worked with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston, Donna Karan, Banana Republic, Pendleton and Target); Nemo Design principal Mark Lewman (who previously was editor of The Beastie Boys' Grand Royal magazine and co-created MTV's Jackass as well as the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Big Air), Bora Architects principal Chris Linn (who has designed several innovatively sustainable, LEED-rated schools); and creative director Matthew Rhoades of MatteLab (a former Nike global creative director and acclaimed Trek bicycle designer). Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont Street. 6PM Wednesday, April 18. $75.
Designing for Better Health, Energy and Flow
This Design Week Portland panel discussion explores the necessary evolution of beautiful workplaces into those that equally prioritize employee health and happiness. The panel will feature industry leaders dedicated to seeing this evolution happen, including Fully Founder and CEO David Kahl, Alan Gerencer from ZGF Architects, and Dr. Marc Braman from NW Lifestyle Medicine. The panel will be moderated by Anthony Effinger. The Joinery, 922 SW Yamhill Street. 6PM Wednesday, April 18. Free.
Homelessness is Not Normal
Our rapidly growing city is experiencing a housing and homelessness crisis. Leveraging the expertise of policy makers, community activists, social service providers, and affordable housing designers, this Design Week Portland panel explores how we got here, what is being done to address it, what more can be done, and how design can help. Join us for a deeper perspective on why homelessness is so pervasive in our society, and to better understand the necessary changes to improve conditions — with design helping to lead the way. Panelists include: Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Kevin Cavanaugh of Guerrilla Development, Kaia Sand of Street Roots, Stacy Borke of Transition Projects, and Ashley Henry from Business for a Better Portland. All proceeds will be donated to Transition Projects. Bud Clark Commons, 650 NW Irving Street. 6PM Wednesday, April 18. $10.
Primary Sources: Salvaged, Found, and Antique Objects in Interior Design
This Design Week Portland panel will touch upon aspects of design that pertain to both contemporary and historical settings, and focus on the concept of sustainability within the scope of residential and commercial spaces. Panelists include Gary Gibson of Gibson in Los Angeles), PennyBlack Interiors' Stewart Horner (a former global design director at Nike), Max Humphrey of Max Humphrey Interior Design, and Shelly Prael of lé Nest Interiors (a former visual director at Pendleton Woolen Mills). Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, 70 SE Salmon Street. 3PM Thursday, April 19. $6.
Comfortable? Fabric and the Threshold of Shelter
Americans have steadily moved away from architecture that actively engages with regional climate conditions. Instead, we have favored a built environment that largely isolates us from the weather - places where temperature, light, and humidity are held constant. Trends in fashion have followed a similar trajectory. Increasingly, the clothes we wear no longer need to “make sense” as articles of protection, since we are able to avoid prolonged exposure to the elements. This Deign Week Portland event invites visitors to question “comfort” by experiencing fabric as shelter that responds to the elements visibly and dynamically. Attendees are encouraged to engage with the fabric structure, wearables, and with each other to continue the conversation about where we live, how we dress, and what it means to have shelter in an urbanizing, globalizing world. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 NE Hancock Street. 4P Thursday, April 19. Free.
Moving beyond trends and into possibilities allows progression. This Design Week Portland conversation between an array makers will explore how individual crafts merge into production. Come see inspiring case studies, gain insight to processes and learn how to break boundaries. With Randy Gragg as moderator and panelists to include architect Jeff Kovel of Skylab, furniture fabricator and artist Spencer Staley of The Good Mod, brand strategist, author and product designer Jordan Hayles of The Radical Brand Lab, and textile professional Carly Mick. The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th Avenue. 4PM Thursday, April 19. Free.
Cultural Crossing: Traditional and Contemporary Design at the Portland Japanese Garden
Attendees at this Design Week Portland will be allowed access to the Portland Japanese Garden for a self-guided tour before an intimate one-hour presentation and panel discussion about the PJG expansion design process, featuring garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama; Balazs Bognar, architect with Kengo Kuma and Associates; and designers from Walker Macy landscape architects and Hacker Architects. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Avenue. 5PM Thursday, April 19. $50.
Ontologically Oriented Objects with Parsons & Charlesworth
Can an existing, mass-produced object be transformed in a week into a mysterious new thing? Leading up to this lecture by artists and designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth, the School of Architecture at Portland State University will hold a week-long design competition, where several teams of students will be given the same object and asked to transform it into something else entirely. These Mysterons, or mysterious things, will be displayed and critiqued by Parsons and Charlesworth, who create work that reflects upon the current and future state of our designed culture. Following this public critique of the Mysterons, Parsons and Charlesworth will give a public lecture. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 3PM Friday, April 20. Free.
Placemaking in the Digital Age
The so-called Internet of Things is becoming pervasive in our physical environments. Everyday objects — thermostats, lights, locks, doors, appliances, and automobiles — promise a smarter and a more connected world. While it cannot be denied that these developments are making our lives exceedingly more convenient, these gadgets are far from building true experiences of place. As our physical and digital worlds converge, designers are carving paths into an unknown territory, and design relationships will need deeper scrutiny to create truly harmonious environments. Placemaking will evolve into an interdisciplinary practice that involves collaborations between experience designers, architects, technologists, and developers. This Design Week Portland event, moderated by Cat Rayburn of Amplified By Design, includes Amplified chief creative officer Gregg Sloan, CallisonRTKL senior vice president Matt Billerbeck and vice president Joan F. Insel, Digital Kitchen vice chairman Bill Fritch, and Intel design technologist Josh Ekandem. The Cleaners, 1022 SW Stark Street. 3PM Friday, April 20. Free.
Modernism Comes to Portland: Belluschi, Graves, and SOM Walking Tour
Long viewed as a provincial backwater of architectural innovation, Portland sprang to the forefront of American and international design in the second half of the 20th Century. As this Design Week Portland walking tour led by John Doyle will demonstrate, a streetscape of anachronistic cast iron and terra cotta transformed into a futuristic vision of stone, steel, glass, and concrete—home to North America’s first glass curtain wall and first major Post-Modern building anywhere in the world. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 21. $30.
2018 AIA Portland Homes Tour
This self-guided tour, organized by the American Institute of Architects' Portland chapter and affiliated with Design Week Portland, offers a first-hand experience of some of the most creative and thoughtfully conceived residences in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a look into unique living environments across architecturally distinct homes, and an excellent opportunity to see how great design impacts our quality of life through creativity, sustainability, and craft. The tour features homes designed by In Situ Architecture, PATH Architecture, Webster Wilson Architect, Works Progress Architecture, Risa Boyer Architecture and Waechter Architecture. 10AM Saturday, April 21. $45.
Old Town Tour
For those interested in history and architecture, no visit to a city is complete without seeing its Old Town – and Portland should be no exception. With a streetscape reminiscent of New York’s famed SoHo, Old Town contains one of the largest collections of cast-iron fronted buildings in the US, with most concentrated within the neighborhood near our famous Skidmore Fountain. On this fascinating tour, you’ll see the oldest standing buildings in downtown, while also learning about some of the city’s earliest architects and how cast-iron played a central role in their designs. You’ll see fine examples of historic preservation in action and also learn about some of the lost architectural gems that once lined the streets near the river. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Gentrification, Design, and Urban Development: Albina Walking Tour
Founded in 1873 as an independent east side city, Albina boomed with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. As this Design Week Portland walking tour led by John Doyle will show, this predominantly European immigrant neighborhood became the hub of African American life in Portland, with urban renewal projects later radically transforming it. Today, it’s where the city wrestles with issues of gentrification, demolition, and what constitutes good contemporary design. Tour location to be announced. 2PM Saturday, April 21. $30.
Portland Vernacular - Buckman Neighborhood Walking Tour
Buckman is one of the city’s oldest Eastside neighborhoods with a variety of vernacular housing types beginning with late 19th century cottages through the building boom years of the early 20th century when the bungalow and four-square were popular citywide. You’ll even see some early duplex and triplex houses that give Buckman a unique character as well as post-World War II multi-unit housing. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, April 24. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Can ADUs Provide Affordable, Equitable and Sustainable Housing?
The third of a four-part speaker series designed to provide insights about some of Portland’s most topical and successful industries: engineering, data analytics, sustainability, and athletic and outdoor retail. Hosted by Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, this panel discussion will explore the accessory dwelling unit, sometimes also known as a granny flat. Last year 500 ADUs were authorized in Portland. Panelist include Cameron Herrington from Living Cully, Michelle Labra, am ADU resident; Margarette Leite, an associate professor in the Center for Public Interest Design at the Portland State University School of Architecture; Marshall Runkel, chief of staff for Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly; and Craft3 president Adam Zimmerman. The talk will be moderated by Robert Liberty, director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Bridgeport Brewery, 1313 NW Marshall Street. 5:30PM Thursday, April 26. $15.
NCARB: Designing Your Future: Creating Value in Your Career
The second in a two-part PSU School of Architecture kicks evemt concludes a week-long design challenge, featuring an exhibition, critique, and talk by object designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth. On April 13, teams of students, alumni, and faculty will received an identical object and a set of design parameters, and they then began the work of transforming the object into a new form, of their own design. Now, along with the discussion, the transformed objects will be on display. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, 1319 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Friday, April 27. Free.
Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour rambles through a stunning neighborhood on the west side of Mt. Tabor Park. From the former Baseline Road, now Stark Street, attendees will meander past numerous fine residences, as well as a school, church, and hospital. This area retains much of the freshness and beautiful views today that made it a popular place to build beginning in the 1880s and continuing well into the 20th century. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 28. $20 ($12 for AHC members).