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carye bye

Thanks Brian and George for a wonderful meet up to talk about Big Pink and many other things catching our eyes in Portland.

The Big Pink Love Show is up through Feb 28 at Coffeehouse Northwest (1951 W Burnside). Photography, illustration and print.

Hours the coffeeshop are open: M-F 6:30am-6pm and Weekends 8-5

There's also On-location show with local businesses hosting photos in their windows. Here's the map link: http://www.hiddenportland.com/bigpink

Alex Tilley

I had, and still do, the privilege of George's friendship throughout high school, in Sudbury, in Northern Ontario.

He was always the smartest among us, much to Portland's benefit.

Fred Leeson

The northeast corner of the tower has a narrow strip of glass that runs the entire height of the building. I remember walking to work one gray morning years ago when the sunshine breaking through the clouds lit up the strip of glass like a pink light sword 40 stories tall. I've never seen it happen again...wish I had a picture.

carye bye

Fred, I know what you are talking about.. I have only seen this happen twice.. and I look at Big Pink a lot!!! I saw this happen not too long ago and I kept looking back in disbelief because I had never seen it light up before... I was wondering if Big Pink had gotten some new lights up the side! I then saw it again closer up but not as amazing as seeing the whole corner lit.

Tim TK Klassen

I had a magical day exploring Big Pink from different angles, and saw the SouthWEST corner light up, like what you're describing, Fred. Fortunately I did have my camera and took a photo. It was a fitting way to make my way to Carye's show at Coffeehouse Northwest.

Jeff Belluschi

Around 1989 a young architect met with my grandfather, Pietro Belluschi, and the discussion was oriented around modernism. The unaware fellow pointed out over Pietro's drafting table to "Big Pink" as an example of bad design. Pietro, who did did not suffer fools gladly,remarked "I helped design that building and it is one of my favorites". Oops!

Great article thank you to George for enlightening us all to the collaboration. FYI-George is one of the top urban design planners in the country.

David Dysert

I too have grown to appreciate the tower over time. Indeed it changes dramatically given one's perspective, time of day and quality of light. I especially enjoy how it can almost appear razor thin--almost 2-D and a bit surreal. I do however regret the lower gallery building not only for its brutal aesthetic but for the unfortunate act of cutting off Pine and Ankeny streets. How wonderful if the Ankeny "alley" could lead one from the Waterfront to a new plaza at the surface parking lot near Burnside and Broadway, and then continue up to the Park Blocks. I would be grand to reinstate the former street pattern and break up the monolith.

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