BY BRIAN LIBBY
Kochuu: Japanese Architecture, Influence and Origin
Screening as part of the continuing Portland Design Festival, Jesper Wachtmeister's 52-minute documentary offers a sublime and informative study of modern Japanese architecture, its roots in Japanese tradition and its impact on European architecture, particularly in the Nordic nations. Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 7pm Wednesday, October 16. $5 suggested.
Portland has a wealth of late-19th through early-20th century buildings, but the shape, style, and architectural details on these buildings were not created in a vacuum. Indeed, the most common architectural styles found in the Rose City reflect the popular styles of their time as well as the education, experience, and personal history of the city’s architects and property developers. John Doyle shares his insight on the influences behind Portland architecture, tracing the roots of our local architecture back to the 16th century work of Andrea Palladio in Italy and the 17th and 18th century work of England’s Sir Christopher Wren. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7pm Thursday, October 17. $18 ($10 for AHC members).
An Evening With the Jury
In this longtime Portland Design Festival Event, a trio of out-of-town architects serving as jurors for the following day's AIA/Portland Design Awards provide insight into their work and approach to design, as well as commentary on the state of architecture in the city based on viewing scores of design submissions. This year's jury includes Lisa Chun of Seattle's Zeroplus, Yo-ichiro Hakomori of Los Angeles firm wHY Design, and Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group's New York office. Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30pm Thursday, October 17. Free.
AIA/Portland Design Awards
Honoring the best in architecture either built in Oregon or designed by Oregon-based firms, followed by the Portland Design Festival's closing night party. Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler Street. 7pm Friday, October 18. $50.
Albina Walking Tour
Once an incorporated city, separated from Portland, Albina has a lengthy and diverse history. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores both commercial and residential Albina neighborhoods, with stories of Albina’s early proprietors and the area’s development from a railroad town to its transformation into the heart of Portland’s African-American community. Meeting location provided to ticket purchasers. 4pm Sunday, October 20. $18 ($15 for AHC members).
Unclad Lecture Series: Iñaki Alday
Speaking as part of Portland State University school of architecture's Unclad lecture Series, Alday is founder and principal with Margarita Jover of aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje, a multidisciplinary practice based in Barcelona dedicated to the creation of public spaces, landscapes, and buildings, and focused on the integration of scales, non-traditional programs, and social and environmental ethics. Recipient of several international prizes and much recognition, Alday is Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 6pm Thursday, October 24. Free.
Mayor Charlie Hales
In a talk at AIA/Portland called "Design and Development: Portland's Challenges and Opportunities," our city's mayor -- who previously gained notoriety in the late 1990s as a Portland City Council member promoting the creation of the city's streetcar network, but before that also represented Washington County home builders -- will weigh in on a variety of projects across the city. Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30pm Thursday, October 24. Free.
Atomic Age Interiors
In the two decades following World War II, an upheaval in home interior design and décor trends focused on America's Space Age future. This panel discussion brings together a great group of mid-century experts and enthusiasts, intended to help current or potential owners of Atomic Age homes better understand the design philosophy of the time as well as successful modern-day approaches. Panelists include Bo Sullivan of Arcalus Period Design, Atomic Ranch magazine publisher Jim Brown, real estate broker Marisa Swenson of M Realty, and midcentury-modern homeowner David Wolski. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10am Saturday, October 26. $18 ($10 for AHC members).