BY BRIAN LIBBY
Note: this two-week period covers Design Week Portland, and besides those events listed here there are countless more happening across the city, all of which are listed on the Design Week Portland website.
Old Town Historic District Walking Tour
The commercial district near the historic Skidmore Fountain and the oldest standing buildings in downtown comprise this tour of Portland’s only National Historic District. Attendees 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, and along the way learning about some beautiful but long-lost buildings while also seeing great examples of historic preservation. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, April 18. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
A founding partner at Leong Leong in New York City, Dominic Leong has lived and worked in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. He received the Architecture League Prize from the Architectural League of New York and has been recognized for his work that includes a Graham Foundation Grant for his interest in the role of research in contemporary architectural education and practice. Leong, lecturing at the University of Oregon, is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He received his master of science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and his bachelor of architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Tuesday, April 18. Free.
We come from the future: Comparing Portland to Vancouver, BC
As Portland sits on the precipice of considerable growth, one wonders if the city will embrace and sustain the coming changes, allowing for prosperity, access and affordability for all its residents. While it is tempting to look to our San Francisco Bay Area neighbors to the south as an indicator of the future, a better analogy may be found from our friends in the north. From many perspectives, Vancouver, British Columbia bears a strong resemblance to Portland. The evening, presented by the City Club, will begin with a presentation from freelance digital media strategist Keith Lay, a former instructor at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, comparing measurables such as housing cost and affordability, the impact on neigborhoods, small businesses and schools, and the impact on the nascent high-tech scene. Lay will then be joined by a panelists including developer Kevin Cavenaugh, First Stop Portland associate director and former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, Stephen Green of Townsquared, Portland Business Journal reporter Malia Spencer and Portland Incubator Experiement founder Rick Turoczy to discuss the impacts of rapid growth and the influx of external capital, look at potential solutions to the negative impacts, and find ways to frame the conversation that works for all. New Relic, 111 SW Fifth Avenue, 27th Floor. 5:30PM Thursday, April 20. Free.
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
The AIA Portland Emerging Professionals Committee(Happy Hour Series continues in April, with hosts Peter Meijer Architect, a local leader in historic preservation. Peter Meijer Architect, 605 NE 21st Avenue, #200. 5:30PM Thursday, April 20. Free.
Merchants and Markets: Portland’s Historic Yamhill District Tour
Exploring the heart of Portland’s late-nineteenth century commercial district, this Architectural Heritage Center tour visits the Yamhill Historic District and nearby historic buildings of SW Second and Third avenues. The route is packed with the names of prominent city pioneers who made their mark as merchants, developers and architects as well as providing some of the city’s finest examples of cast iron, Richardsonian Romanesque and Classical buildings. Attendees will visit the Willamette’s first bridge, the first public market, and Portland's first Chinatown. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 22. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Restorative Design: The Confluence Project Bird Blind by Maya Lin
Combining natural history, culture and design, the Confluence Project Bird Blind by Maya Lin asks us to consider evolving land ethic and one’s role in a sustainable future. Hosted by Confluence, the nonprofit associated with the larger six-site Confluence Project, will lead this informative Design Week Portland hike through the significantly restored Sandy River Delta and discuss using design as a means to greater ecological awareness. Sandy River Delta, Interstate 84, Exit 18, Troutdale. 10AM Sunday, April 23. $10.
The AIA Center for Architecture is pleased to announce this weeklong exhibition exploring the state of Pacific Northwest contemporary architecture through the lens of seven houses by seven Portland architects. The exhibition will feature projects by the award winning firms, Allied Works, Architecture Building Culture, Architecture W, Holst, Hennebery Eddy Architects, Waechter Architecture and Works Progress Architecture. AIA Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 10AM-5PM Sunday, April 23, 9AM-5PM Tuesday-Friday, April 24-27 and 10AM-5PM Saturday, April 28. Free.
Portland Provocations: Architectural Visions for the City
Though Portland has been caricatured in popular culture to a degree enjoyed only by larger metropolitan American cities, the city has forged an unlikely alliance with emergent technologies and progressive policies that have helped shape it as a space for provocative architectural interventions. As part of Design Week Portland, Portland Provocations is a cross-section of architectural projects at Portland State University's School of Architecture that engage with the nuanced complexities and projective ambitions of the city. In hopes of reshaping the discourse on architecture, ecology, and humanity further in the city, one project at a time, Portland Provocations will exhibit a collection of projects and will be linked with a public discussion about engaging the city in unique and novel ways. 1900 SW Fourth Avenue. 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday, April 24-28. Free.
Design Minds: Design Activism
How can design be brought out of the abstract, and into the forefront of our cities' and community’s priorities? In this Design Week Portland talk, which is also part of Gray Magazine's Design Minds ser4ies, maverick Pacific Northwesterners—from a “guerrilla” Portland developer who’s turning his industry on its head and creating a new model for affordable housing, to a Vancouverite working to put design at the forefront of the city’s momentum—discuss their inspiring ideas and innovative approaches, and rally us to take action and make a difference on both a local and global scale. Panelists include Mark Busse of Vancouver, BC's HCMA Architecture + Design, Kevin Cavenaugh of Portland's Guerrilla Development, Portland illustrator and educator Kate Bingaman-Burt, and fashion designer Britt Howard Portland Garment Factory. Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway. 5:30PM Monday, April 24. $15.
Portland’s Green Loop: The New Central City Rising
Imagine a verdant, six-mile loop for pedestrians and bicycles connecting the Pearl District, Downtown, South Waterfront, the Central Eastside, the Lloyd District, and Rose Quarter. Now imagine the bolder, taller, more urban Portland rising along it. In this Design Week Portland discussion hosted by Randy Gragg (who directed the competition), the winning team — Untitled Studio, a collective from Portland, New York, and San Francisco — will present interactive exhibit of their work so far. A group of public and private leaders will then comprise an apparent marathon of corresponding presentations. Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability director Susan Anderson will outline the vision and steps ahead-to make the Loop a reality. Portland Development Commission executive director Kimberly Branam and ZGF Architects partner Kathy Berg will discuss the downtown post office redevelopment. Portland Art Museum director Brian Ferriso will discuss the museum's new Rothko Pavilion. Brian Newman, OHSU's vice president of of campus redevelopment, will discuss the school's South Waterfront expansion. Charlene Zidell will discuss the Zidell Yards development. OMSI development manager Carol Gossett will discuss Snohetta's master plan for the museum's 16 acres of waterfront land. Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will talk about proposed new bridges connecting the Green Loop. Nathan Kadish of Ecotrust and Franklin Jones of bike transport company B-Line will discuss the transformation of The Redd as food hub. And finally, Meyer Memorial Trust chief investment officer Rukaiyah Adams and former Portland Parks & Recreation director Zari Santner will discuss their efforts to respect history in redeveloping the Rose Quarter. The Redd, 831 SE Salmon Street. 6:30PM Monday, April 24. Free.
The South Park Blocks Walking Tour: A Cultural Mandate
This eleven-block portion of the downtown area was first platted and donated to the City of Portland in 1852, transforming a fire break parcel into the most desirable residential area of its day, complete with schools, playgrounds, stately homes and places of worship. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour one can take a stroll through the groves of elms and recount some of the stories they would love to tell about the area’s history and architecture. The South Park Blocks stand alone as a place of revitalization, refreshment and cultural allure. Tour begins outside the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue. 10AM Tuesday, April 25. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Art and the Collaborative Process in the Landscape
This Design Week Portland panel discussion features internationally recognized artists Ned Kahn and Jill Anholt discussing the integration of art in public spaces with Walker Macy landscape architects Lara Rose and Chelsea McCann. Topics will include sculptural, interactive, and graphic collaborations; arts planning; approaches to integrating artists into design teams; and consideration of event and experience-based installations. Walker Macy, 111 SW Oak Street, Suite 200. 7PM Tuesday, April 25. $10.
Crafting with Heavy Timber
A team from McMinnville's New Energy Works will be on hand to hand-craft Douglas fir timbers live at this Design Week Portland event. The resulting shelter can be topped with solar panels, provided by our partner Snychro Solar, recycled metal, and more. The uses are nearly limitless and we like this project as an energy producer, gathering spot, and outdoor storage space. All registration fees will be added to a lump sum donated in full to the local community organization, Community Energy Project in Portland. Design Studio, 2609 SE Sixth Avenue. 2PM Wednesday, April 26. $5.
Building Memory: A Conversation on the UK's Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition
What does it mean to remember the Holocaust in the 21st century, particularly after Brexit? Join architect Brad Cloepfil in a conversation about the UK Holocaust Memorial Design Competition. Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, are one of the ten finalists for this venue, with the winner to be decided in the summer of 2017. This conversation, part of Design Week Portland, will be co-facilitated by April Slabosheski of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and faculty in the Portland State University School of Architecture. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Wednesday, April 26. Free.
Spaces we make together: Envisioning the new Rothko Pavilion
The Portland Art Museum recently announced plans for a new Rothko Pavilion to connect building to building, the Museum to the community, and people to art and to each other. New public spaces deserve public input. For this night, we’ll live in the future, imagining what’s possible for this new space in our city. This Design Week Portland event facilitated by Second Story will kick off with short talks from civic thinkers [as yet unnamed] about what’s happening now in Portland's public spaces, then open up with activities for everyone to contribute. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, April 26. Free.
Architects Without Borders: Plywood POD
The (Plywood) POD Initiative is seeking “sleeping pod” designs in connection with the Portland Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit—Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon. In this Architects Without Borders meeting, the chapter's POD team will be presenting their design and inviting feedback. AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, April 26. Free.
How We Got Here: The Evolution of Portland Planning
Portland has an international reputation for progressive urban planning, but these bold visions - and the city’s recent explosive growth - are not without their costs. At a critical moment in Portland’s history, this Design Week Portland panel will investigate the city’s greatest successes as well as its notable failings. Where have we been, and how did we get here? Panelists include City of Portland chief planner Joe Zehnder, Metro planning director Elissa Gentler, Portland State University professor Sy Adler, PICA executive director Victoria Frey, ZGF Architects principal Paddy Tillet, with First Stop Portland associate director Sarah Iannarone moderating the conversation. The Redd, 831 SW Salmon Street. 6:30PM Wednesday, April 26. Free.
Design Thinking for Social Impact Panel
Join OpenIDEO Portland and Impact Entrepreneurs for an informative Design Week Portland panel and discussion on design thinking for social impact. Panelists will be sharing their best practices for incorporating human-centered design principles and design thinking methodologies into community-based projects. Come celebrate the impact these projects have already made and hear about the work that remains ahead. Featured Panelists include Cat Goughnour of Portland's Right 2 Root, Portland State University professor Todd Ferry, Mary Li of The Multnomah Idea Lab, and Mathias Burton of Local Brainstorm in Seattle, with Justin Yuen of FMYI in Portland serving as moderator. XPLANE, 411 SW Sixth Avenue. 7PM Wednesday, April 26. $5.
Making at Multiple Scales in Portland
Albina Yard is a new creative office and retail project in North Portland. It is also the first US office building made from domestically-fabricated cross-laminated timber. Join the project’s designers, builders, and innovative tenants for an open house and conversation about making at multiple scales—from artisan object to architecture—and how that is informed by the culture of Portland. Presenters include Aaron Blake of design-build firm Reworks, Thomas Robinson of LEVER Architecture, Stefan Schneider of Cut My Timber, and Sam Huff and Jevan Lautz of Tanner Goods. Albina Yard, 4713 N Albina Avenue. 5PM Thursday, April 27. Free.
Maker Culture in the Digital Age
This Design Week Portland talk hosted by ZGF Architects introduces making into the design process. Celebrating the value of learning and iteration, this event will express how the firm come together—at different scales and mediums—to inspire its teams and to innovate. With ZGF’s main lobby as a stage, the firm will display a wide variety of its work in order to spark a conversation about maker culture in this digital age. ZGF, 1223 SW Washington. 5PM Thursday, April 27. Free.
The application of design spans a wider array of useful life cycles than ever, from temporal digital solutions that may have a useful life of days, to products with fashion cycles of years, to public works of infrastructure that are intended to last decades or even lifetimes. Design (Im)permanence will explore the perception that there is a spectrum of value between permanent and temporary design through a roundtable discussion with design disciplines that create products on that spectrum. In a culture where speed has become a paradigm and instant gratification is almost expected, what opportunities are there for overlapping lifespans and adaptability as fashion and needs change. Hosted by Works Progress Architecture as part of Design Week Portland, discussion panelists will include clothing designer Adam Arnold, Marcelino Alvarez of Uncorked Studios, and Bill Neburka and Carrie Strickland of Works Progress Architecture. Works Progress Architecture, 811 SE Stark Street, Suite 210. 5PM Thursday, April 27. $5.
Development Without Displacement: The Designer's Role
A Design Week Portland discussion with local designers and developers moderated by Damian Crowder of PDC includes landscape architect Jonathan Beaver, architect Linda Barnes and planner Eric Jacobson of PDC. The focus of the discussion will be how the design and development community can implement redevelopment projects without displacing existing neighbors. Case studies will include the 2014 improvements to Dawson Park in the Elliot neighborhood, the redevelopment of the New Columbia community in 2008 , and PDC's past and current efforts to redevelop the Natural Grocers site at NE MLK Boulevard and NE Alberta. Portland Development Commission, 222 NW Fifth Avenue. 6PM Thursday, April 27. $5.
Building a business while staying true to one's craft is a challenge for any designer-turned-entrepreneur. Identifying the moment where one chooses to pursue one's talent as a full-time career, navigating and mastering the world of business, and building a team that aligns with one's artistic vision are all essential components in the process and unique to every individual. In this Design Museum Portland discussion moderated by Rick Turoczy of Portland Incubator Experiment, Wieden + Kennedy's maker space, a panel including glass manufacturer Vitreluxe founder Lynn Read, lighting company Caravan Pacific founder Shannon Guirl, and textile company Holly Mueller Home founder Holly Mueller will discuss their inspiration for their designs along with their model of turning their craft into a business. The Joinery, 922 SW Yamhill Street. 6:30PM Thursday, April 27. $22.09 (free for Design Museum Portland members).
Portland Provocations: Architectural Visions for the City — Panel Discussion
The city of Portland has been narrativized and caricatured in popular culture to a degree enjoyed only by larger metropolitan American cities. However, this reasonable metropolis has forged an unlikely alliance with novel design experimentation, emergent technology, and progressive city policies that have helped shape it as a space for provocative architectural intervention. This panel discussion organizes a cross-section of Portland’s design practices that create nuanced projects in their projective ambitions for the city, from the formal to the theoretical to social. This public discussion is squarely centered on how to engage Portland as a site for provocation in unique and atypical ways, and is held in conjunction with the Portland Provocations exhibition. Panelists will include PSU architecture professor Anna Goodman, artist and designer Sara Huston, PSU assistant professor and architect Andrew Santa Lucia, and PSU professor and architect Aaron Whelton. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Friday, April 28. Free.
Dreaming the Future: Portland 2035
This Design Week Portland discussion includes a sextet of panelists discussing what Portland might look like in 18 years. Panelists include no Amanda Oborne of environmental nonprofit Ecotrust, Harper's Playground founder Cody Goldberg, Camille Elmore-Trummer of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Street Roots executive director Israel Baer, Madeline Kovacs of the affordable housing coalition Portland for Everyone, and artist Gary Hirsch. The Redd, 831 SE Salmon Street. 6:30PM Friday, April 28. Free.
AIA Portland Homes Tour
This self-guided tour showcases a modern take on northwest living. As the only homes tour that presents residential projects designed exclusively by AIA Portland member architects, visitors are treated to a first-hand experience of some of the most creative and thoughtfully conceived residences in the Pacific Northwest. The tour includes homes by Fieldwork Design & Architecture, Hacker, John Weil, Lever Architecture, Paul McKean, Lisa McClellan & Hunter Williams, and Works Progress Architecture. 10AM Saturday, April 29. $45.
Downtown Portland's North End and Chinatown Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the abundant architectural and cultural history in the downtown neighborhood wedged between Old Town and the Pearl District. Along the way attendees will see 19th century gems like the Mariner’s Home building, which has recently been rehabilitated and turned into the Society Hotel. One will also learn how the area became New Chinatown, and later Japantown, while seeing landmark buildings like Union Station, the US Custom House, and a historic fire station. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, April 29. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Design Week Portland Closing Party
William Kaven Architecture's upcoming Parallax project, a new five story multifamily housing complex, will be the host for Design Week Portland's closing party, complete with a virtual reality experience: described as an immersive, architectural intervention with the existing warehouse at the Parallax site. William Kaven has virtually rebuilt every aspect of the existing steel shop—grime and all—and will be introducing a gleaming modern installation into the space. 4018 N. Williams. 5PM Saturday, April 29. $10.