BY BRIAN LIBBY
Living Future unConference
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The organization's three-day event will bring together speakers including conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, activist Raj Patel, and urban revitalization strategy consultant Majora Carter. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 8AM Tuesday, May 1-4. $1,000 full conference pass ($850 for International Living Future Institute members and government/nonprofit employees).
Oregon Solar Energy Conference
The Oregon Solar Energy Conference is one of the nation's largest regional solar energy conferences, with last year's conference including 430 attendees representing over 170 companies. Over 30 exhibitors and sessions range from technical and business training to solar policy. Portland Crowne Plaza hotel, 1441 NE Second Ave. 8:30AM Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3. $800 for full pass, $535 for one-day pass.
Hawthorne Boulevard Tour
Originally known as U Street and later as Asylum Avenue, today Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard (named for a doctor Hawthorne who headed an asylum on the now namesake street) borders several of Portland’s most popular neighborhoods. This Architectural Heritage Center tour will explore both commercial and residential neighborhoods near Hawthorne in what was once a premier streetcar suburb on the city’s east side. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, May 1. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Florian Idenburg - 10 Years and Counting
Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect and founder of New York's SO–IL, founded in 2008 with Jing Liu. Idenburg’s practice is collaborative; he believes that innovation is only possible through working together. An associate professor at Harvard University who has previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and Princeton University, Idenburg has a particularly strong background in cultural spaces, overseeing projects from a temporary installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard called Pole Dance to the recently completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Tuesday, May 1. Free.
AFO Spring Member Event
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon supports Oregon’s quality of life and creates awareness of our designed environments through education, engagement, philanthropy & inspiration. Design can be nearly invisible yet it has considerable impact on our everyday lives. The AFO helps people connect to design and the ways in which it shapes their lives and their communities. This Spring Member Event is a tour of and reception at SRG Partnership's new offices in the renovated former Oregonian building, designed by legendary Portland architect Pietro Belluschi. SRG Partnership, 621 SW Columbia Street. 5:30PM Thursday, May 3. Free bit restricted to Architecture Foundation of Oregon members.
Old Town Tour
The commercial district near the Skidmore Fountain and the oldest standing buildings in downtown comprise this tour of Portland’s only National Landmark Historic District. Visitors on this Architectural Heritage Center tour will see the work of Portland’s earliest architects, learning how cast iron played a central role in their designs and how the city developed so close to the river. Along the way, visitors will also learn about some beautiful but long-lost buildings while also seeing great examples of historic preservation. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 6PM Thursday, May 3. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
From Father to Son and Back: A Talk by Anthony Belluschi
PSU School of Architecture welcomes Anthony Belluschi, FAIA, who will offer a review of the life of his father, Pietro Belluschi, an Italian immigrant who came to Portland in 1925 and after a successful 25 years of practice was named the dean of architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The younger Belluschi became an architect after studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Mentored by his father, he practiced in 25 states and in 15 countries overseas as head of Anthony Belluschi Architects in Chicago. Major completed projects include Park Meadows, a 1.8 million square foot retail resort in Colorado; the re-development of American Airlines Terminal at O’Hare Airport; and the 550 West Jackson office building in Chicago, as well as major projects in Melbourne, Paris, Istanbul, Riyadh and Beijing. After merging his firm with OWP/P Architects, Anthony Belluschi returned to Portland and restored the house his father designed and lived in, originally known as the Burkes House, is an iconic example of Pacific Northwest midcentury modernism. Today he is often asked to consult on the restoration of his father's churches, buildings and homes. Belluschi's talk is part of the Portland State University School of Architecture's Fridays@4 lecture series. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Friday, May 4. Free.
Sixth Annual Solar Winery Tour
This daylong event, the 6th annual Solar Winery Tour, will include transportation, lunch and wine tasting at 4 of Oregon’s leading solar powered wineries with small group stops to 2 smaller wineries. Our Winery Hosts this year are Bjornson Vineyard, Left Coast Cellars, and Andante Vineyard, with possible side stops to Bethel Heights, Bois Joli Vineyard and CartSolar Winery Tour bus, wine tastings and lunch. Tour departs from Platt Electric, 322 SE Taylor Avenue, at 8:10AM and from Tualatin Park & Ride, 72nd Avenue and Bridgeport Road, at 8:40AM. Saturday, May 4. $100 plus service charge ($80 plus service charge for Solar Oregon members).
The Basics of Wood Window Repair
Contrary to the mass marketing that fills our mailboxes, original windows can be refreshed and repaired to meet today’s energy savings goals. At the same time, preserving original windows also preserves historic character and re-uses material that is inherently sustainable. This workshop covers the basics of identifying problems and repairing the wood windows in our older homes. The Architectural Heritage Center welcomes Patty Spencer, owner of Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair, who will share her years of experience in preserving and restoring the function of original, double-hung, wood windows found in homes built in the 1940s and earlier. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, May 5. $12 ($8 for AHC members).
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 revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, May 5. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Northwest Examiner Community Awards
For a 24th year, this Northwest Portland newspaper edited, published and largely written by Allan Classen will honor "individuals who have made our community better," with honors this year going to 11 persons and entities including the Sauvie Island Fire Department, Jackie Peterson-Loomis of the the Portland Chinatown History and Museum Foundation, author and Goose Hollow Foothills League president Michael Mehaffy, Oregon Jewish Museum executive director Judith Margles, and Lincoln High School student Madeline Gochee. Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway. 7PM Saturday, May 5. Free.
Pearl District Tour: Preservation In The Midst Of Change
Over the last 20 years, the Pearl has been transformed from an industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail districts. 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 premier industrial and warehousing area. As this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour will demonstrate, 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. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, May 8. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Results from a Net-Zero Feasibility Study for Warm Springs Community Center
Net-zero buildings are gaining momentum in communities around the country together with the improvement of renewable energy technologies and costs. As this movement grows alongside the challenges of climate change, it is imperative that communities facing social, economic and environmental threats are not left behind. Using funding from Energy Trust’s Special Projects Grant, Hacker Architects worked with PAE Engineers to conduct an early net-zero feasibility study for a community center located on Warm Springs Reservation. Warm Springs plans to re-purpose an existing commissary building to become a self-reliant and sustainable community center and small business incubator space. The pilot study created by Hacker and PAE will set forth guidelines for future sustainable renovations in Warm Springs and provide a precedent for how other communities can work toward social and energy independence through the effective reuse of existing buildings. This presentation will demonstrate the public design process and the design strategies used to get to a net-zero vision for this project, as well as a brief cost comparison for code versus net-zero design. Presenters will include Karina Bonin and Ruwan Jayaweera of PAE Engineers as well as Caitlin Ranson and Vijayeta Davda of Hacker Architects. Ecotrust, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Second Floor. 12PM Tuesday, May 8. Free.
BPA Headquarters Lecture and Tour
The 911 Federal Building, subject of this DoCoMoMo Oregon lecture and tour, was constructed in 1953 by the Lloyd Corporation and leased by the General Services Administration until it was purchased in 1959. Originally known as the Department of Interior Building, it housed the Bonneville Power Administration until 1987, when the BPA's new headquarters was completed on the adjacent site (and where the lecture portion of the event will take place). Bonneville Power Administration, 905 NE 11th Avenue, Room 122. 3:30PM Wednesday, May 9. $15 plus service charge ($10 plus service charge for DoCoMoMo members).
Metropolis Think Tank — Innovation + Disruption: Changing the Academy
Part of the Metropolis Think Tank series hosted by Metropolis magazine's Susan Szenasy, this panel discussion looks at how today’s entrepreneurs continue to demonstrate that tremendous financial and social impact is possible without a formal university education. Institutions, challenged to demonstrate their value in the post-graduation marketplace, are also pivoting to innovation in search of new propositions and modes of engagement. When it is possible to disrupt an entire industry from a garage, what is the role of the classroom? How do traditional pedagogies adapt and respond? This panel of educators and architectural designers will explore the ways higher education is addressing change, from incorporating digital tools and design thinking to redefining learning environments for the 21st Century. Panelists include Bora Architects principal Amy Donohue, Oregon State University faculty senate president Jon Dorbolo, Bora Architects principal Michael Tingley, and University of Washington Global Innovation Exchange director of academic programs Linda Wagner. Bora Architects, 720 SW Washington Street, Suite 800. 4PM Wednesday, May 9. Free.
Metropolis Think Tank — The Pace of Vibrant Communities
Part of the Metropolis Think Tank series hosted by Metropolis magazine's Susan Szenasy, this panel discussion looks at how the pace of social interaction and connection also shifts as we navigate the intersections between built, natural, and virtual spaces. With these spatial modalities increasingly overlaid, the architect is prompted to consider new methods of place making, with a focus on community building. By working with nature in a regenerative way, old patterns mix with the new, and by blurring the lines between building and landscape, new spaces for social and digital interactions emerge. With recent projects serving as case studies, this panel will explore how spatial and social relationships at different scales could set a new pace for vibrant communities. Panelists include 2.ink Studio principal Jonathan Beaver, Skylab Architecture principal and design director Jeff Kovel, Downstream president Tim Larson, Gerding Edlen partner Jill Sherman, and yours truly. SINBIN, 2360 NW Quimby Street. 9AM Wednesday, May 9. Free.
Belmont-Sunnyside Neighborhood Tour
Explore Southeast Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood along SE Belmont Street in this Architectural Heritage Center tour. The neighborhood, which has lately seen controversy as a building on Belmont's last contiguous block of historic commercial storefronts has been threatened with demolition, contains a wonderful mix of late 19th and early 20th century homes, along with numerous streetcar-era commercial buildings. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 6PM Thursday May 10. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Lecture: The Architecture of John Storrs
In conjunction with Restore Oregon's 2018 Mid-Century Modern Tour, which this year features the design work of John Storrs, comes this lecture from local architect Paul McKean. A native of Connecticut, Storrs followed his hero Pietro Belluschi to Portland to work with him and others with a similar vision of modern Northwest style and ideology. His projects reflected the Oregon landscape with elegant simplicity and are considered seminal to the Northwest Regional Style. Oregon College of Art & Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road. 7PM Friday, May 11. $10 (or free with purchase of a 2018 Mid-Century Modern Tour ticket).
Mid-Century Modern Tour 2018: The Work of John Storrs
The 2018 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour features five Portland-area residential designs by John Storrs. Designer of landmarks like the Oregon College of Art & Craft, the Portland Garden Club and Salishan Resort as well as many noteworthy houses, Storrs's work was seamlessly blended with the landscape and celebrated the Pacific Northwest's signature material: wood. A World War II veteran who commanded a small sub-chaser ship in the Pacific and later studied architecture at Dartmouth and Yale, Storrs initially practiced in his native Connecticut before relocating to Portland and becoming a part of the second generation of Portland architects, following John Yeon and Pietro Belluschi's example, designing homes in the emerging Northwest Modern style that remains timeless to this day. Locations for this self-guided tour revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, May 12. $50 ($40 for Restore Oregon members).
Garthwick Neighborhood Tour
Located just south of Sellwood and north of the Waverly Country Club, this hidden residential neighborhood provided a great outdoor laboratory for architects and builders working in the most popular residential styles of the 20th century. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores one of Southeast Portland's lesser-known historic neighborhoods. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, May 12. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Historic Homes of the Alphabet District Tour (Part I)
Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District owes its existence to Captain John Couch, his family, and in-laws. Development in the area includes everything from fairly modest homes to mansions – not to mention vibrant commercial areas. This is the first of two Architectural Heritage Center tours in which attendees will look at the wonderful historic homes that define a large portion of this National Register Historic District. Tour begins at the SW corner of NW 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street. 10AM Tuesday, May 15. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Future Vision: Voices in the Workplace
The American Institute of Architects/Portland chapter's Committee on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion hosts the latest conversation in the Future Vision series exploring equity in design. This year’s title, Voices in the Workplace, acknowledges that a company’s culture is a reflection of its members. Everyone brings with them personal experiences, values and biases that intrinsically shapes a firm’s daily efforts. As companies work towards reflecting the realities of a changing world and a global client base, understanding the dynamics of a healthy workplace culture is paramount to success. This full-day symposium will feature individual speakers, panelists, educators & professionals sharing their expertise and actionable strategies around equity in the workplace. Sessions include a discussion highlighting the current state of the profession, individual perspectives around representation in the workplace, tools to address workplace harassment, a workshop on negotiation skills and a moderated panel focusing on the expectations & needs of the future workplace. Registration closes May 15. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine Street. 8:30AM Friday, May 18. $100 plus service charge ($85 plus service charge for members of the AIA, the International Interior Design Association, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Architecture Foundation, the International Living Future Institute, the American Council of Engineering Companies, or the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon; $65 plus service charge for associate AIA members; $30 plus service charge for students).