BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ladd's Addition Tour
Enjoy a stroll through this leafy enclave of early 20th century homes, churches, and businesses, not to mention yours truly for the past 18 years. This National Register Historic District is Oregon’s oldest planned community and in 2009 the American Planning Association honored it as one of America’s Great Places. Easily identifiable on any map, the neighborhood, once comprising the property owned by former Portland mayor William Ladd, eschews a traditional street grid for a series of circles dotted with rose gardens. As attendees on this Architectural Heritage Center will see, Ladd's Addition also boasts one of the largest tree canopies in the city, making it ideal for a spring or summer walk. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, October 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Urban Courtyardism: Lecture by Weijen Wang
Award-winning architecture professor Weijen Wang of the University of Hong Kong shows how architectural design can address challenging social and ecological issues in rapidly urbanizing areas. Weijen, who holds degrees from UC-Berkeley and Taiwan University, focuses on Chinese architecture and cities, including the transformation of courtyard typology, urban fabric and public space in historical and contemporary Chinese cities, and the typology of the Chinese temple. Weijen says his lecture at the University of Oregon, begins by asking, "What is the quality of courtyards and what is the system of their fabrication to make urban spaces? How do we sustain qualities of such building type facing challenge and must transform, and how do they provide the capacity to sustain continuity and at the same time facilitates new possibilities?" University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Tuesday, October 2. Free.
Willamette Heights Neighborhood Tour
Some of Portland’s most notable architects, including Emil Schacht, designed homes in Willamette Heights, an area that borders the site of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. This Architectural Heritage Center tour is strenuous walk through this hilly neighborhood. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 1PM Saturday, October 6. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
2018 Solar Homes Tour
Presented by Solar Oregon as part of the National Solar Tour, the 2018 Solar homes tour will focus on the Cully neighborhood of Northweast Portland! In addition to the homes themselves, there will be opportunities to talk to homeowners and installers about solar energy. Tour begins at 4343 Northeast Ainsworth Street. 1PM Saturday, October 6. $20 suggested donation.
Historic Kenton Walking Tour
Located just south of the Columbia River in North Portland, Kenton was a remote farming community until the streetcar and the meat-packing industry transformed this rural hamlet into a classic early 20th century company town. For several decades, Kenton was the Pacific Northwest headquarters of the Swift Meat Packing company with an enormous stockyard and adjacent packing plants. As attendees on this Positively Portland walking tour will see, the residential and commercial buildings still reflect the stratification of a working class neighborhood. We'll start our walk at the iconic Paul Bunyan statue, the best remaining evidence of the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration. The tour includes a look inside the fully restored and very active Kenton Masonic Lodge. Tour begins at Paul Bunyan statue, North Denver and North Interstate Avenue. 1PM Saturday, October 6. $15.
Let's Talk Trash!
Subtitled "A three-part discussion on reducing waste in design & construction," this discussion begins with a discussion of Julia Mollner of Calreton Hart Architecture about how to utilize construction mockups and upcycle small waste materials for community and social needs, such as transitional shelters or wifi hotspot nodes. Jordan Jordan of Earth Advantage will then speak on creating pathways for reuse of building materials from the region's redevelopment projects. The event concludes with Angela Glatz of GRIT Building Solutions presenting a case study on how offsite construction and modular interior solutions reduced waste at the Apel renovation project in Eugene. Wallace Theater Holdings, 919 SW Taylor Street, Suite 800. 12PM Monday, October 8. Free.
Green Champion Summit 2018
As part of the first annual Sustainable Building Week, the Green Champion Summit will feature five presenters: Stacy Smedley, who directs sustainability for Skanska USA Building; Vinn Mason, a policy analyst in the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Jordan Palmeri of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Terry Campbell, director of business development for NW Sustainable Wood; and Jacob Dunn of ZGF Architects. In the combined talk, the presenters will explore how material choices relate to a range of measurable environmental impacts from embodied energy to habitat destruction through all stages of the project, and will demonstrate how life-cycle analysis can be utilized to inform design decisions. AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Monday, October 8. $10.
Pearl District Walking Tour - A Century of Preservation and 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. 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 meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, October 9. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
CSI Chapter Meeting – Metro Affordable Housing Bond
Leaders at Metro, the Portland area's regional government, have heard growing voices for the need for more affordable housing within the tri-county Metro service area. In response, late last year Metro convened stakeholders and affordable housing practitioners to participate in planning and structuring for a potential Metro Housing bond. This chapter meeting of the Construction Specifications Institute features three speakers who will discuss the bond: Neighborhood Partnerships deputy director for policy and communications Alison McIntosh; Kari Lyons, director of the Welcome Home Coalition, a coalition of sixty-five affordable housing organizations; and Ross Cornelius, the client services manager with Walsh Construction Company. Elephant’s on Corbett, 5221 SW Corbett Aveue. 11:30AM Tuesday, October 9. $40 ($30 for CSI members — with both price levels increasing by $10 after October 2).
Low-Carbon Passive Buildings Tour
Hosted by Passive House Northwest and part of the first annual Sustainable Building Week, this tour features three new buildings exemplifying the latest in high efficiency assemblies and systems, with the opportunity to hear from the teams behind these projects about how they accomplished the world’s leading standard for energy efficient construction. Houses include the Facet House from Hinge Build Group, a personal residence modeled to meet the PHIUS 2015+ standard; The Oaks by Green Hammer, a pocket neighborhood that will consist of 12 cottage units producing as much energy (through the use of solar panels) as they will consume over the course of a year; and H3Haus from PDX Living, a series of townhomes occupied by three generations of one family. Tour begins at 8425 SE Eighth Avenue. 4:30PM Tuesday, October 9. Free.
Portland’s New Ecoroof Requirement: New Design and Maintenance Strategies
Portland’s new Central City zoning code, which went into effect in July, requires all new buildings of 20,000 square feet or more to install ecoroofs. After 22 years, when the first ecoroof was installed on a Portland residential garage, the city has enacted one of the most comprehensive green roof mandates in the United States. For this meeting of the local chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Tom Liptan, FASLA, a green infrastructure consultant and a former ecoroof technical manager for the City of Portland, will discuss ecoroofs in detail beginning with a look at some of Portland’s first ecoroofs and concluding with a discussion on innovative ecoroof strategies. DOWA-IBI Group, 907 SW Stark Street. 5:30PM Tuesday, October 9. Free.
Honored Citizens 2018: Mark and Ann Edlen
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon's annual award dinner honoring lifetime architectural achievements will this year pay tribute to Mark and Ann Edlen. Mark is the co-founder of Gerding Edlen Development, which beginning in the 1990s emerged as one of the city's most successful building developers in part through a commitment to sustainability. The Brewery Blocks, the redevelopment of the former Blitz-Weinhart Brewery, became one of the firm's best-known endeavors, producing some of the first office buildings in the United States to be certified by the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system, and the company helped rescue the Portland Armory by transforming it into the first historic National Register-listed building in the United States to achieve LEED certification. Additional landmark projects include the Center for Health & Healing, which was the first OHSU building in the South Waterfront district, and the Weiden + Kennedy headquarters, the most acclaimed work of local architecture of the past 25 years or more. Ann Edlen, who enjoyed a long career in marketing and advertising, has been a key fundraiser and board member for organizations like OHSU and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 5:30PM Tuesday, October 9. $175 ($125 for AFO members).
Federico De Matteis - Architecture as the Archaeology of Feelings
As part of the ongoing Fridays@4 lecture series from the Portland State University School of Architecture as well as the Portland State of Mind festival at PSU from October 11-25 comes this lecture from Federico De Matteis, an architect who teaches design at the University of L’Aquila in Italy and is a visiting professor at PSU this fall. De Matteis has studied in Italy, Germany, and the United States, and taught at several universities in Europe and Asia. He has extensively studied 20th century housing as a field for the transformation of the modern European city. De Matteis's research today focuses on the anthropological dimension of the built environment, investigating the human subjects’ affective interaction with the city and architecture. His lecture is titled "Architecture as the Archaeology of Feelings." Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Friday, October 12. Free.
The Architectural Legacy of the Lloyd District
The Lloyd District, subject of this lecture and corresponding tour from the Oregon chapter of DoCoMoMo, began as the dream of California oil man and real estate developer Ralph Lloyd (1875-1953). Lloyd began investing in the Holladay Park neighborhood in 1910, and by the 1920s he developed a grand scheme of real estate development that would create a new downtown in Northeast Portland, including a major retail center surrounded by office towers and apartment buildings. He only managed to build a few modest office buildings and a Sears Store before the Great Depression and World War II put his plans on hold. It was Lloyd's two daughters who realized his dream with the opening of the Lloyd Center in 1960. The lecture preceding the tour will include presentations from GBD Architects principal Kyle Andersen and architectural historian Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours. Lecture held at Concord Career College, 1425 NE Irving Street. 9:30AM Saturday, October 13. $15 ($10 for DoCoMoMo members, $5 for students).