BY BRIAN LIBBY
A partner at the Los Angeles based architecture and design office Oyler Wu Collaborative, Wu will discuss the evolution of the firm's design work over the last several years. The office has won numerous design awards, including the 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, 2013 Emerging Talent Award from AIA California Council, 2012 Presidential Honor Award for Emerging Practice from AIA Los Angeles, and an Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League in New York. Wu received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. The firm's recent projects include the Cube, the winning entry pavilion for the Beijing Biennale; Stormcloud, a pavilion for Sci-Arc's 40th anniversary event; Taipei Sales Center, a five-story commercial building; as well as a 16 story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently a design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), and has lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. The lecture is part of Portland State University School of Architecture's 2014-2015 lecture series, titled "Vs.," which tackles the theme of competition. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway and Hall Street. 7PM Thursday, October 16. Free.
Micro-Enterprise, Urban Production and the Architecture of Inclusion
This all-day symposium is bringing together leaders in various aspects of community economic development to present current work and discuss issues concerning small-scale enterprise, urban manufacturing, and the buildings that house such new initiatives. Presented by Mercy Corps Northwest, the University of Oregon Department of Architecture, and the Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism. Mercy Corps Action Center, 45 SW Ankeny Street. 8:30AM Saturday, October 18. Free.
Riches of a City Heritage Auction
A fundraiser for the Bosco-Miligan Foundation and its Architectural Heritage Center, the auction helps make possible a host of lectures and tours throughout the year devoted to the heritage of the Portland metro area. Auctioned items include several vacation packages, artworks, and restaurant gift certificates. With a host of historic homes across the area being threatened with demolition by developers looking to replace them with apartments and duplexes, there may be no better time to support this nonprofit organization's mission of education and outreach. Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder Street. 6PM Saturday, October 18. $75-100.
Buildings and Places: A Walking Tour of Portland's Architecture
Sample more than a 100 years of classical beauty, modern marvels, pioneering ﬁrsts and the newest in contemporary and sustainable design. This AIA/Portland-produced downtown walking tour highlights the most signiﬁcant styles, architects and stories of the 20th & 21st centuries. Featuring individual works by Whidden & Lewis, AE Doyle, Pietro Belluschi, and Michael Graves, the tour also spotlights the modernist contributions of SOM, the contemporary designs of ZGF, TVA and SERA as well as special, less well-known gems. This two-hour tour starts at 10 AM at the Center For Architecture (NW 11th Avenue and Flanders Street) in the Pearl and ends near the Portland Building at SW Fifth Avenue and Main Street. 10AM Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, October 26. $20.
Resilient Design: Future Ready Buildings (Part 1)
This two-part series of symposiums will explore the critical role of architects in planning and designing a resilient city. Topics include disaster recovery, designing resilient communities that reduce natural disaster impacts and designing future-ready building that adapt to our changing climate. Part one is called "Resilient Design - The Perseverance of Place through Crisis" and will be moderated by architect Jay Raskin, whi will provide an overview of HR-3, The Oregon Resilience Plan. As a public member to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) - tasked with creating the plan, Jay co-chaired the Coast Task Group and helped prepare the plan for presentation to the Legislature in March 2014. Additional presenters include Alisa Kane, Green Building and Development Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, who will discuss the city's Climate Action Plan and Comprehensive Plan; Daniel Homsey, Director of Neighborhood Resilience for the City Administrator's Office of the City and County of San Francisco, who will discuss his city's Neighborhood Empowerment Network Initiative; and Thomas J. Puttman, president of Puttman Infrastructure, whose presentation is called 'Eco-Districts - A Framework for Community Resiliency.' AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 9AM Wednesday, October 22. $140 ($100 for AIA members).
Architects Without Borders - Homeless Storage Charrette
AWB-Oregon is working with JOIN, a Portland non-profit organization, to design a facility where homeless people can store their possessions. JOIN helps individuals and families make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Attendees are invited to share ideas for this new project. AIA/Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, October 22. Free.
PechaKucha Night: Creative Intersections
Design Museum Portland hosts creative minds from across a range of fields tied to the theme "Creative Intersections." In keeping with the traditional Pecha Kucha format, each presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Presenters will include Justin Rigamonti & Liz Mehl of Poetry Press Week; Eric Rosewell of Depave; Maris Jamison of KEEN Footwear; Miguel Camacho-Serna, Azad Sadjadi, Jennifer Huang, and Chanelle Wiley of PLACE Landscape Architecture; Kelley Roy of ADX; Gage Hamilton of Forest for the Trees; Derrick Mead of Ziba Design; and Georgia Frances King of Kinfolk Magazine. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison Street. 6PM Wednesday, October 22. Free (reservations required).
Barry Bergdoll: Architecture, Museums, and the Art of Advocacy
As the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, Bergdoll carried on the museum’s tradition of retrospective looks at the Bauhaus, and masters such as Henri Labrouste and Frank Lloyd Wright. With an uncanny sense of timing, he also became known as a “quiet crusader” on pressing urban problems such as housing and climate change. As Bergdoll steps down from his curatorial post to return to Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, he will reflect on the 260-year history of museums’ relationship to architecture—including his own seven-year tenure at MoMA. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. 2PM Saturday, October 25. $15 ($12 students, free for museum members).
Resilient Design: Future Ready Buildings (Part 2)
The second half of this two-day symposium, enitled "Future Ready Buildings - Designing for the Long-Term", will be moderated by Mark Tobin of engineering firm KPFF. Tobin has been the lead structural engineer for many of the firm's most complex seismic renovation projects. Presentations will include "Designing Thermal Comfort Systems for the Changing Climate" by Marc Brune PAE Engineers; a talk from Josh Stein of MWA Architects on the the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Building; and "Future Ready Buildings, Change and Sustainability" from Sean Dennison of the New Buildings Institute's Advanced Buildings Program. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 9AM Wednesday, October 29. $140 ($100 for AIA members).