Coca-Cola building, Kerns neighborhood (Buspass)
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Kerns neighborhood tour
With the Banfield freeway (Interstate 84) to the north, East Burnside to the south and Sandy Boulevard cutting right through its center, the Kerns neighborhood offers a unique slice of inner east-side Portland. This Architectural Heritage Center tour focuses on the variety of development that occurred between two historic street car lines. You’ll see the last standing trolley barn from Portland's first generation or street railways, a wide assortment of single and multi-family housing, plus some surprising and historic examples of industrial and educational buildings. Contact AHC for tour-meetup location. 11AM Sunday, October 16. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Compatibility Matters: Lessons From Around The Country On Compatible Infill
Nore Winter, a principal with Boulder, Colorado urban design firm Winter and Company, will his experiences helping fast growing cities plan for growth while protecting their resources of existing single family housing. His comments will provide some new approaches that challenge the current recommendations by the Mayor's Residential Infill Project as they relate to moderating the size and scale of new construction in our traditional neighborhoods. A responder panel consisting of Morgan Tracey and Brandon Spencer-Hartle from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Sarah Cantine from the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and others to be selected shortly will address questions to Nore to explore how his experience may shed light on Portland's current challenges. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 6:30PM Monday, October 17. Free.
Pedro Pacheco - From Trash to Treasure
Join Pedro Pacheco, a visiting professor at the Portland State University School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design, for a discussion of his work at the Instituto Tecnologicol y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) on issues of use, re-use and super-use of salvage materials and how to transform them into usable and dignified construction materials, with a view toward a collaboration with the PSU School of Architecture's CPID. Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 6PM Thursday, October 20. Free.
Design Museum Portland presents this short documentary film from 2015 about the nature of play, risk, and hazard set at a Welsh “adventure” playground known as The Land, where children climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own. Following the film, audiences will have the opportunity to download about the movie, ask questions, and engage in a Q&A with local play advocates Will Hathaway of the Multnomah Art Center and Jess Graff of the Portland Children’s Museum. Pacific NW College of Art, 511 SW Broadway. 6:30PM Thursday, October 20. $10 (free for Design Museum Portland members).
Pamela Harwood on Nature Play and Design Thinking
A Ball State University architecture professor and principal at the award-winning firm Harwood + Tabberson Architects, Pamela Harwood’s primary research is in the area of educational environments, and a recent outdoor classroom project called Nature Play: Into the Woods with Design Thinking will be the focus of her talk. Nature Play is a multi-year project that involved the research, design, and construction of a nature-based outdoor learning environment for Head Start conducted through coursework with students. Putting research into action guided work in the design-build outdoor learning classroom with the primary goal of re-connecting children with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature-based education an enriching and sustainable part of their daily lives. In this interdisciplinary, team-taught, community-centered course designed around a real world need, the team sought to bridge a disconnect in academia that has been found between disciplines, students, faculty, and community. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, SW Broadway & Hall Streets, Room 217. 9:30AM Friday, October 21. Free.
2016 Open House, UO Portland Architecture Graduate Program
The University of Oregon invites students interested in its Portland campus graduate program in architecture to discuss programs with UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts faculty, staff and students. Programs of Study include the Master of Architecture Track 2 program as well as the
M.S. Ph.D. architecture post-graduate programs. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street, Room 451. 10AM Friday, October 21. Free.
Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voice of its Residents
As part of the Portland State of Mind festival (October 13-22), Portland State University hosts this screening of community-produced short oral history documentaries featuring former Vanport residents sharing their memories. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport. Portland Community College professor James Harrison, currently conducting research for a social history of Vanport and its impact on Portland, will take questions afterward. Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic co-founder, will provide an update on ongoing participatory oral history project and how you can get involved. Former Vanport residents will also share their memories. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway, Room 238. 2PM Saturday, October 22. Free.
Department of Architecture Fall Lecture Series: Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph
In 2010, Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph founded the cheekily-named Los Angeles firm Design, Bitches with a bold and irreverent vision to make architecture significant in daily life. Their multidisciplinary firm draws inspiration from the duos’ eclectic expertise in the areas of design, art, and pop culture. Johnson and Rudolph collaborate on an international range of projects that scale from brand identity and commercial spaces to ground-up residential and cultural buildings. They work closely with clients to develop creative solutions responsive to location and user experience. By experimenting with materials and graphics, they provide durable contemporary designs that wink at history. Their talk is part of the Department of Architecture Fall Lecture Series at the University of Oregon, with appearances at both its Eugene and Portland campuses. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5PM Tuesday, October 25. Free.
Architects Without Borders: Green King Park Redesign
The topic for AWB's September meeting was Focus on Community Engagement. This month AWB’s Green King Park Redesign team will discuss how they're putting community engagement into practice in a Northeast Portland neighborhood. King School near NE 7th & NE Alberta sits adjacent to a large park that has long been underutilized. Through an organization called Green King, neighbor Diego Gioseffi of the King Neighborhood Association has been spearheading an effort to improve this space. The Green King team will outline their process for working with various groups in the neighborhood in addition to giving an overview of the project and the site. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, October 26. Free.
The History, Development, And Influence Of The Prairie School Of Architecture
As much an aesthetic movement as an architectural style, the Prairie School promoted values of simplicity, utility, and beauty. Begun in the Midwest, it and spread across the US and influenced a generation of architects around the world. This Architectural Heritage Center lecture by Jim Varner examines the roots and development of the Prairie School style – from its ties to the likes of Louis Sullivan and, of course, Frank Lloyd Wright, to several other architects, including some that practiced here on the West Coast. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, October 29. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Last Sundays at the Watzek House
The University of Oregon's John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape invites the public to Portland's only National Historic Landmark residence, the Aubrey Watzek House. Completed in 1937, the Watzek House's bold yet timeless synthesis of many traditions of residential architecture into a refined new language became an important inspiration for the Northwest Style of Modernism. Published widely and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art next to such icons as Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the house has influenced generations of architects. Watzek House, 1061 SW Skyline Boulevard. 1:30PM Sunday, September 25. $20-30 sliding scale (free for students and Yeon Center members).