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Portland Architecture 2014-09-23 16:12:44
Markham House (image courtesy Portland Preservation) BY BRIAN LIBBY It is 54 miles from the Oregon state capitol building to the Markham House at SE 32nd and Burnside in Portland. It is 2.7 miles from City Hall downtown. As preservation activists and neighborhood leaders work to save the circa-1906 home bookending one side of the Laurelhurst Gate from demolition, both of these local …


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Portland Architecture 2014-09-15 23:24:56
One of Oregon's endangered pioneer farmhouses (image courtesy Restore Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY Preservation Pub: The End of the Trail for Oregon?s Pioneer Places? In 2013 Restore Oregon listed Willamette Valley Pioneer Houses and Farmsteads as one of Oregon?s Most Endangered Places. Coordinated efforts are now underway to identify, document, study, and generate solutions that will save these storied buildings. Today, just 5 …


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Portland Architecture 2014-09-12 19:47:11
Winning entry entitled "A Dialogue" (image courtesy AIA/Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY Two years ago the Portland Bureau of Transportation inaugurated its Street Seats program, which allows businesses and non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking spots into other public uses, such as café seating or miniature parks. Based on similar programs in San Francisco and New York City, the program enlivens the city's already …


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Portland Architecture 2014-09-09 20:26:02
SAGE classroom in Edmonds, Washington (photo by Peter Simon, PSU) BY BRIAN LIBBY Today America's K-12 schools use some 350,000 portable trailers as classrooms. Lacking many windows, they have been shown to be insufficient learning environments compared to brick-and-mortar schools. But a new effort led by two Portland State University faculty members, Margarette Leite and her husband Sergio Palleroni, is starting to …


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Portland Architecture 2014-09-05 18:41:50
Tilikum Crossing under construction (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article for CityLab on Portland's new bridge, Tilikum Crossing, which is already gaining attention nationally and internationally for being the first multi-modal bridge in the United States that will be off-limits to private automobiles. As part of that article, I interviewed TriMet executive director of …


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Portland Architecture 2014-09-02 18:49:25
Edith Green Wendell Wyatt federal building (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Lake Oswego Classic Houses & History Boat TourThis two-hour non-stop guided cruise on Oswego Lake, a fundraiser for the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, features over 50 classic homes and historic sites. 9AM and 1PM Saturday, September 6. $75. Landscapes and History: A Walk Through River View CemeteryNestled in the hillside just …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-27 17:55:19
CLSB from Moody Avenue (photo courtesy Alene Davis Photography) BY BRIAN LIBBY At the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, there is a lot going on. For starters, it?s really not one building that comprises its 650,000 square feet but three: the 12-story Skourtes Tower on the north end, the smaller South Bar to the south, and a large glass-ensconced atrium in between that includes wood-wrapped auditoriums …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-22 18:59:52
Inside Snake River Correctional Institution's Blue Room (photo by Beth Nakamura) BY BRIAN LIBBY In yesterday's Oregonian, reporter Bryan Denson looked at how a new initiative at the Snake River Correctional Institution near Ontario is demonstrating how access to nature can change the behavior of even our most hardened criminals, and how Oregon prisons could bring pioneering reform to prison design. For the 216 …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-18 22:00:32
Apple store (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY For the past several years, Apple's flagship Portland store has been located in the lower depths of downtown's Pioneer Place mall. Despite the refined palette of natural wood and white walls, it could sometimes feel a bit claustraphobic there with large crowds cramped into a small, windowless space. For a new Portland flagship store, …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-14 19:20:34
Wells Fargo Tower (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Summertime is almost over. The oppressive 90-plus heat waves are about to retreat, and Oregon's magically mild climate will return, bringing with it a full calendar of design and arts events. Until then, August winds down with a handful of tours and other events. Walking Tour: Yamhill Historic District and Beyond What is today …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-08 18:56:19
Pickathon Tree Line Stage under construction (image courtesy PSU) BY BRIAN LIBBY This year?s Pickathon music festival, held last weekend at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, featured a performance venue, designed and built by students and faculty in Portland State University?s School of Architecture.  Over the weekend, the Tree Line Stage, as it was called, hosted performances by 14 different musical acts. …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-05 21:59:02
Overton 19 (photo by Joshua Jay Elliott) BY BRIAN LIBBY The Overton 19 building in Northwest Portland?s Alphabet District, designed by Works Partnership Architecture, is a bold arrival in a district where many architects might have focused on just fitting in. Located, as its name indicates, at the corner of NW 19th and Overton, the project is situated in a transitional area where the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-08-01 01:05:25
A house in Ladd's Addition (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Multicultural Portland Tour While today Portland is known for having one of the smaller minority populations among major American cities, its multicultural and immigrant communities have a rich and storied history. This tour from Know Your City will uncover our multicultural past, and offer the opportunity to learn about the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-07-24 18:08:41
Rohm & Haas building (photo by Ezra Stoller, courtesy Anthony Belluschi) BY BRADLEY MAULE The clearing of three blocks north of Philadelphia?s Independence Hall in the 1950s not only meant a new, open vista of Independence Hall but also created park-side real estate for private investment. The Rohm and Haas Company became the first company to buy in to the newly christened …


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Portland Architecture 2014-07-16 00:54:21
Karuna House (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY AIA Historic Resources Committee At this monthly meeting of the American Institute of Architects' Historic Resources Committee, local preservatin organization Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon) will present about its new effort to enact a state-wide historic tax credit. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, July 16. Free. Boise …


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Portland Architecture 2014-07-10 19:40:22
Historic homes in Ladd's Addition (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY As the real estate economy has begun booming in the past two to three years, rebounding from the depths of the Great Recession, Portland's historic neighborhoods have teemed with life. Travel down streets like Southeast Division or North Williams and you'll see not just apartment buildings under construction but a veritable …


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Portland Architecture 2014-06-30 17:21:25
Barber Block, Grand Avenue, Portland (image courtesy Wikimedia Commons) BY BRIAN LIBBY Historic Multi-Family Housing of NW Portland Tour Northwest Portland?s Alphabet District is often thought of for its beautiful mansions, but as this Architectural Heritage Center tour demonstrates, it also has a substantial collection of multifamily housing. The Couch family built some of the earliest upscale rental units, and in the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-06-27 19:03:34
Chris Bixby (image courtesy Allied Works) BY LUKE AREHART The latest installment in our continuing series on local architects, their inspirations and favorite works brings us to a key player in Portland's most acclaimed firm of the past decade. Chris Bixby has been an important collaborator with Allied's Brad Cloepfil on a host of the firm's most important projects, from the landmark …


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Portland Architecture 2014-06-15 19:42:38
SW First & Yamhill (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Yamhill Historic District and Beyond What is today the Yamhill Historic District was separated from the rest of Old Town when the new Morrison Bridge was constructed in the 1950s. This Architectural Heritage Center walking tour contains numerous historic 19th century cast iron buildings, as well as some of the most …


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Portland Architecture 2014-06-13 19:36:51
Tilikum Crossing (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY It is still 15 months away from opening, but Portland's new bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, is now close enough to completion that its primary forms have been finished. That was clear at last week's connection ceremony, in which local dignitaries and press walked from both sides of the bridge to meet in the …


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