BY BRIAN LIBBY
Nico Larco - Sustainable Urban Design: A Framework
While sustainable urban design has been developed and richly debated in the last few decades, it is still largely a disparate subject covering a broad range of disciplines and scales. Much of the discussion regarding sustainable urban design has either focused on narrow aspects of it, or, when discussing the field at large, has failed to relate its distinct parts. This makes it difficult for practitioners and researchers to identify and prioritize what needs to be addressed and evaluated. This talk by University of Oregon associate professor Nico Larco, part of the 100 + 20 Architecture Lecture Series, presents an overall framework for sustainable urban design that addresses specific goals and organizes these goals based on scales of intervention. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Wednesday, February 18. Free.
Belluschi on Belluschi
Join architect Anthony Belluschi and Judith Sheine, head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, for an evening of conversation about legendary architect Pietro Belluschi (Anthony's father) and his legacy. This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi, which was organized by Marti and Anthony Belluschi and premiered at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene. 5:30PM Wednesday, February 18. Free.
The Molalla Log House
For six years, architectural historian Pam Hayden and pioneer construction/restoration expert Gregg Olson have worked to unravel the mysteries of the Molalla Log House in rural Clackamas County, which is also known as the Fox Granary. What Olson and Hayden thought might be an 1850s-period log building turned out to be much older. The Molalla Log House may have been built even before 1805-06, when American explorers Lewis and Clark built Fort Clatsop near the mouth of the Columbia River. Although the date the house was constructed is not documented or confirmed, dating techniques and historic research indicate the log house may have been built between 1795 and 1810. The research team believes the house was built by Russian peasant farmers in conjunction with Russia’s fur trade in Alaska. Olson and Hayden will be on hand in this Architectural Heritage Center discussion to present their findings. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7PM Wednesday, February 18. Free.
The Fix-It Fair is a free event offered by the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability where attendees can learn simple and effective ways to stay healthy and save money by running one's home more efficiently. Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, Fix-It Fair includes an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk about water and energy savings, personal health and healthcare, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more. David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Avenue. 9AM Saturday, February 21. Free.
Shelley Poticha - Building Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities
Poticha, Director of the National Resource Defense Council's Urban Solutions program, is helping make cities around America more livable and resilient. Through aiding in the development of greener neighborhoods and implementation of better regional planning, Poticha is a national leader in assisting cities with creating communities that are strong in identity, connectivity, and sustainability. Poticha’s presentation, part of the University of Oregon's 100 + 20 Architecture Lecture Series, will focus on addressing best practices for implementing key concepts of new urbanism, as well as detailing dynamic approaches for achieving these goals. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Wednesday, February 25. Free.
Architects Without Borders: Portland Day Storage
At this meeting of the Oregon chapter of Architects Without Borders, the team for Portland Day Storage: Serving the Homeless, the chapter's latest project, will present several designs for a storage facility where homeless people can leave their possessions while they go for a job interview, attend to personal hygiene, or secure social services. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, February 25. Free.
DoCoMoMo Membership Mixer
The Oregon chapter of the unfortunately named but exceptionally valuable International Committee for Documentation and Conversation of the Modern Movement, more commonly known as DoCoMoMo, hosts this evening of mingling and networking with members and members-to-be in an intimate group setting. Nel Centro, 1408 SW Sixth Avenue. 4:30PM Thursday, February 26. $15 ($10 for DoCoMoMo members).