BY BRIAN LIBBY
A designer, writer, editor and researcher, Alviani will share his story as part of an ongoing lecture series from the Applied Craft + Design MFA program from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Educated in industrial design at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and structural engineering at UC San Diego, Alviani has contributed to designs for products ranging outdoor equipment and remote controls to toys and metal detectors, while he has written for a variety of creative agencies such as Ziba as well as for corporate clients like Microsoft and Intel. Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue. 6:30PM Wednesday, February 3. Free.
Tsunago: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma
AIA/Portland's Center For Architecture celebrates First Thursday with the opening of what is first-ever U.S. exhibition devoted world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. "Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma" focuses on Kuma’s design for the Portland Japanese Garden’s Cultural Crossing project, his first public commission in North America. Visitors to this free exhibition will be able to interact with blue Oregon-sourced granite, sudare screens, tatami mats, and curls of Port Orford cedar. Balazs Bognar, Chief Manager at Kengo Kuma & Associates, is the exhibit’s curator. He says, “Kengo Kuma is known for connective spaces, often putting nature and the human experience first. His emphasis on light as well as locally sourced materials makes the Portland Japanese Garden’s expansion project the perfect lens through which people can see and understand the guiding ideas of Kuma-san’s work.” Center For Architecture, 401 NW 11th Avenue. 5PM Thursday, February 4. Free.
Kengo Kuma's Architecture of Relationships
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, making news of late as the architect of Tokyo's new Olympic stadium, will be on hand for this combination of lecture and discussion focusing Kuma’s first public project in the United States: the Cultural Crossing project now under construction at the Portland Japanese Garden. First, University of Illinois professor Botond Bognar will provide an overview by examining the way in which Kuma’s buildings acquire authenticity by weaving intensive yet intimate relationships with both the environment and humans, thereby gaining identity by weakening it. Following this, Kengo Kuma will adds his personal insight into the inspiration behind the Cultural Crossing design. Journalist and advocate Randy Gragg will moderate the subsequent discussion between the speakers and the community. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. 2PM Saturday, February 6. (The event is sold out, but one can email email@example.com to be put on the waiting list.)
Missa Aloisi: Architecture Without Ego
As part of the University of Oregon's Department of Architecture Lecture Series, Burlington, Vermont architect and UO alumnus Missa Aliosi will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent to starting one's own practice. Aliosi will discuss creative endeavors such as her firm's its innovative $1-per-minute services for homeowners and the establishment a collaborative coworking space. During this lecture she will also share her philosophy of how architectural practices can break down the barriers that make design services seemingly inaccessible to so many. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5PM Tuesday, February 9. Free.
Designer Spotlight: Garrison Hullinger
Next in the continuing Designer Spotlight interview series from Ceilume and yours truly will feature Garrison Hullinger, of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. Hullinger and his firm have exploded onto the Pacific Northwest (and national) design scene with award-winning projects in residential, commercial, hospitality and custom home segments, and a unique "purpose-driven" design philosophy. The firm's combination of sophisticated design and business sense has landed it on the Portland Business Journal's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in both 2014 and 2015; won two Best of HOUZZ Awards in 2015 and 2016; and People's Choice, Realtor's Choice and Professional's Choice awards in the 2015 Street of Dreams. Ceilume, 1225 SE Grand Avenue. 6PM Thursday, February 11. Free.
Delivering Passive House at Market Rate
Adam Cohen, one of the first Certified Passive House Consultants in the nation and a former vice chairman of the Passive House Institute US's Technical Committee, will lead this seminar on how this means of construction can be accomplished without the commonly believed 10 to 25 percent markup. All types of commercial buildings, from dental clinics to college dormitories, can be built at market rate while achieving Passive House standards. Integrated project management will be discussed as will details, equipment, controls and areas for capturing money typically left on the table in conventional design-bid-build project delivery situations. Xico, 3715 SE Division Street. 6:30PM Thursday, February 11. $35 ($25 for American Institute of Architects members.)
Lawrence and Anna Halprin and the Transformation of Portland Public Space
Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park, and Keller Fountain are arguably Portland's most influential works of architecture and urban design, both for the world and for our own downtown. Built between 1966 and 1970, their development was an integral part of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Area. The parks and the pedestrian malls that connect them comprise the Halprin Open Space Sequence Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. A pending application may eventually lead to their listing as a National Historic Landmark. This lecture by journalist and advocate Randy Gragg will explore how Lawrence Halprin and his choreographer wife Anna Halprin reinvented public space and triggered a revolution that would change downtown Portland forever. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, February 13. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Architectural Wooden Model Exhibit
The Architectural Foundation of Oregon and the World Forestry Center have joined together to create exhibit of architectural models made of wood. Featured in this exhibit are models by local architects and designers such as Jeni Nguyen and Office 52, as well as a model called the Portland River Story by students in Carol Kekez and Mauricio Villarreal’s ARCH 480 studio at Portland State University this year. World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road. 9AM-3PM Monday-Friday, through February 26. Free.