BY BRIAN LIBBY
Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces - Materials & Methods
Nancy Cheng experiments with how sheet materials can be cut, creased, or crimped to generate lighting effects that change with the sun's movement, while blocking unwanted heat and glare. Her Shaping Light project explores how physical prototyping and digital methods can be combined to foreground material properties in design. Cheng has been teaching sustainable architectural design and design communication at the University of Oregon since 1996, and directed its Architecture Department's Portland Architecture Program from 2009-2013. She previously taught at the University of Hong Kong, connecting global partners inVirtual Design Studios. Since that time, she has used social media, electronic portfolios and international exchange programs to link students to professional experts. Cheng has headed the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), the national AIA Technology in Architectural Practice group, and edited issues of the International Journal of Architectural Computing. Her talk is part of the University of Oregon's 100 + 20 lecture series. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 12:00pm Thursday, January 8. Free.
Frank Escher & Ravi GuneWardena
Established by Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena in 1995, Escher GuneWardena Architecture has an extraordinary range of projects, reflecting the firm’s broad cultural interests. Projects include Dwell Home II (a prototype for a sustainable living), the Jamie residence in Pasadena (a house lofted on two concrete towers above its precipitous site), the Sola/Wright residence in (three thermoplastic-wrapped volumes stepping up a hill), and the recent House with Five Corners. The firm’s interest in contemporary art has led to the design of major exhibitions and galleries (Blum and Poe), as well as collaborations with artists, including Sharon Lockhart (LACMA; the Secession, Vienna; Walker; Thyssen-Bornemisza, Vienna); Olafur Eliasson (Emi Fontana/West of Rome at Escher GuneWardena's Jamie Residence), Mike Kelley (Sculpture Projects Muenster 07; Sculpture Center, NY), and Stephen (Secession, Vienna; LACMA). In the fall of, 2009 Escher and GuneWardena curated and designed the exhibition ‘Folly – The View from Nowhere’ at MOCA's Pacific Design Center Space. Escher and GuneWardena will lecture at the University of Oregon as part of its 100 + 20 Architecture Lecture Series. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30pm Tuesday, January 13. Free.
Design Junction: Gabriel Tan
This lecture, part of the University of Oregon's 100 + 20 lecture series, will explore design as a crossroad between designers and artisans, industries, businesses, and consumers. Tan, a partner and cofounder of Outofstock, a design studio based in Singapore, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires, will speak about the dynamics of these relationships and how designers approach projects differently with an understanding of the stakeholders involved. Outofstock’s work has been exhibited at Milan Design Week, Tokyo Designers Week, London Design Festival, IMM Cologne, Maison & Objet Paris, and the Singapore Art Museum. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30pm Wednesday, January 21. Free.
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
Portland's Opsis Architecture is the host for 2015's first gathering of young architects and designers, part of an ongoing series devoted to networking and camaraderie among local building industry professionals. Opsis Architecture, 920 NW 17th Avenue. 5:30PM Thursday, January 22. Free.
Adam Caruso: The Fallacy of Modernism
From the great competitions in architectural history (the Crystal Palace, the League of Nations, the Sydney Opera House) to the proverbial competition for papal patronage between Bernini and Borromini to the recurrent issue of competing architectural technologies, theories or ideologies, the phenomenon of competition has had a central role in our discipline. This lecture by Adam Caruso is the second in Portland State University School of Architecture's 2014-2015 lecture series, titled "Vs.," which tackles the theme of competition. Caruso is a founding partner of Caruso St John Architects, an international practice with an interest in the emotional potential and physical qualities of construction. Caruso St John engage a wide range of work at a variety of scales and aim to resist the trend of increased size and specialization dominating contemporary architecture. Their New Art Gallery at Walsall and the Brick House in London have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, UK’s most prestigious architecture award. Current clients include Tate Britain, the City of Lille, Bremer Landesbank, and the Swiss National Railways. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway at Hall Street. 6PM Thursday, January 22. Free.
Reading the Portland Vernacular: Recognizing and Appreciating Our Everyday Houses
Portland is well known for the overall quality of its residential neighborhoods but its most common ohouses can be very challenging to classify using the descriptions found in most architecture books. Although we have well-developed names, like Colonial Revival or Arts & Crafts, for the larger mansions and older historic dwellings, we have few standards for identifying the houses in which most of us live. In this Architectural Heritage Center lecture, Thomas Hubka describes the ways we can identify and name Portland’s most common houses according to both their architectural styles and typical floor plans. Hubka is an emeritus architecture professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the author of "Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses." Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, January 24. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
The Day After: Looking Ahead to Post-Earthquake Portland
On January 26, 1700, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the entire Pacific Northwest. Zoom ahead to the next Cascadia Subduction Zone quake—whether it occurs in the next 50 years or the next 50 seconds—and the story will be far different for what is now a metropolitan area of 2.3 million. Mercy Corps Northwest, the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center and Portland Monthly have joined together for the 315th anniversary of the last Big One for a glimpse ahead to the weeks and the years following the next one. Randy Gragg will host a discussion with Carmen Merlo, Portland’s director of emergency management (who will report on her recent research trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, the city similar in size and building stock that in 2010 and ’11 suffered quakes and 13,000 aftershocks much like Portland is likely experience), as well as Joe Zehnder, Portland’s chief planner. Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue. 6PM Monday, January 26. Free.
Housing and Education: Designing for Social Programs
The 100+20 Architecture Lecture Series at the University of Oregon continues with French architect Isabelle Biro, the principal of Atelier Isabelle Biro in Paris. Since its founding in 1985, the firm has focused primarily on the design of public school buildings and multifamily housing (logements collectifs) for urban and suburban sites in France. The housing work is founded on an ethic of social good, affordability, and access with a focus on housing unit design, on continuity of exterior spaces, on flexibility of use, and on design for future adaptation. Biro holds a Diplome d’architecture (DPLG) and is a graduate of L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (l’ENSAD) and L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (UP6). Biro has taught architecture and design at L’Ecole d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territories, Marne-la-Vallée, Cal Poly Pomona, SCI-Arc, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 6PM Tuesday, January 27. Free.
Architects Without Borders: Schools in the Developing World
AWB's first meeting of the year will feature a video about the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, a mountainous region of Northern India. The firm that designed the school considered solar orientation, local building materials and techniques, the extreme climate, and Tibetan Buddhist beliefs. After the screening, AWB volunteers will discuss similarities and differences between the Druk White Lotus School and schools AWB has been working on in Nepal, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. 6PM Wednesday, January 28. Free.
Data x Design x Health
A conversation between visionary minds from the medical community as they consider the ever-changing healthcare industry. With healthcare’s advancements in technology and data, our expert panel will examine that manner in which medical data and design technology are used today to closely monitor health in ways never before possible. Panelists include Chris Tobias of GE Healthcare; Nancy Vuckovic, PhD, a senior ethnographer with Intel's Digital Health Group; Kim Burchiel, MD, chair of OHSU's Department of Neurological Surgery; and Austin Angell, CEO and creative director of Modern Edge. CENTRL Office, 1355 NW Everett Street. 6:30PM Thursday, January 29. $10 (free for Design Museum Portland members).
The Basics of Architectural Photography
It’s not always easy to capture in a photograph what you can see with your eyes, and photographing architecture is no exception. Portland architect and photographer Richard Lishner (richardlishnerphotography.com) will guide attendees of this workshop through some basic approaches to photographing architecture in Portland or anywhere else. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, January 31. $25 ($15 for AHC members).