BY BRIAN LIBBY
Proving Ground: PSU's Center for Public Interest Design
This ongoing exhibit documents the primary work and efforts of the School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) since its establishment in the summer of 2013. These first two years have served as the proving ground in which the CPID has attempted to realize its theoretical objectives and executed its foundational collaborations, explorations, and constructions of public interest design. Now, as a moment of celebration and contemporation, the public is invited to reflect on the successes, challenges, and meaningful collaborations realized within this early proving ground. ZGF Architects, 1223 SW Washington Street, #200. Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM, through December 18. Free.
InProcess: Ben Waechter and Lead Pencil Studio
A quarterly lecture series from the American Institute of Architects/Portland chapter providing insight into the creative process of local architects, designers, makers and creators, InProcess welcomes for this installment the heads of two firms led by University of Oregon graduates: Ben Waechter of Waechter Architecture and Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio. Waechter established his firm in 2007 and has quickly become known for his beautifully crafted, award-winning residences, including the Garden House, the Pavilion House, and the Z-Haus. Han and Mihalyo founded Seattle's Lead Pencil Studio, an art and architecture collaborative, to pursue installation art, site-specific art, and functional architecture. Most notable in Portland is their multi-part sculpture "Inversion +/-" at the east ends of the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges. Their practice is self-described as “architecture in reverse…our projects are everything about architecture with none of its function…spaces with no greater purpose than to be perceived and question the certainty posited by the man-made world.” AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Tuesday, November 17. Free.
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
Following a screening of the 2014 PBS film Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, the film's principal researcher and consulting producer, Laurence Cotton, will speak about Olmsted’s life and career as well as the legacy of the Olmsted Brothers company’s landscape designs across America, including the urban parks, private estates, and college campuses of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. A writer, historian, and filmmaker who studied cultural anthropology and film at Hampshire College, Laurence Cotton has served as executive director of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and on committees that planned legacy projects for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. He currently serves as trustee of the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard. 7PM Tuesday, November 17. Free.
Naming The Portland Vernacular: Identifying Portland’s Most Common House Styles
Thousands of houses in our area are not readily identifiable using typical style conventions or are a composite of a variety of architectural elements. Architectural historian Thomas Hubka will share ways we can identify and name Portland’s most common houses according to not only their architectural details, but other physical characteristics like floor plans. Attendees will learn about what is perhaps the most common house style in the city, the bungalow, as well as common styles like the American foursquare, the craftsman, and the Victorian. Hubka is the author of Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses. He is an emeritus architecture professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has also taught at Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland Community College. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7PM Tuesday, November 17. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Watzek House tours
Designed by Portland architect John Yeon and completed in 1937, the Aubrey 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, now owned and operated by the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center, has influenced generations of architects. the Watzek House is only available for tours a couple of times a year, usually only in summer, so these two days of tours are a rare opportunity. Watzek House, 1061 SW Skyline Boulevard. 2PM Friday-Saturday, November 20-21. $25.
The Fix-It Fair is a free City of Portland event in which attendees can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy. Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street. 9:30AM Saturday, November 21. Free.
Film And Architecture: Two Shared Worlds
What does Alfred Hitchcock have to do with a schoolhouse, albeit one that has attributes of the Victorian period? Furthermore, what are Mayan temples doing in Los Angeles? To find the answers to these questions we’re going to the movies… via architecture! Using brief clips from selected films, retired architect and professor Bob Hermanson will explore the role of architecture in film. Along the way you’ll learn some of the vocabulary of film and architecture, as well as the art of storytelling and the fascinating, and architectural, role of film sets. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, November 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
The American Institute of Architects Portland chapter's Emerging Professionals Committee is host for this monthly meet-and-greet hosted by architecture and design-related firms in the Portland area. The events are offered as an opportunity to network with fellow professionals, talk with your peers in the field, and have the chance to check out some of Portland's incredible design firms. This month's Happy Hour is hosted by Place, an acclaimed landscape architecture firm. Place, 735 NW 18th Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, November 24. Free.