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Portland Architecture 2015-01-22 23:06:58
Atrium of Schnitzer Center for Art & Design (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY The students and professors have not yet moved in. No art projects line the walls, and hard hats are still required. But the opening of the Pacific Northwest College of Art's new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is just a couple of weeks away, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-20 22:58:01
WSU Veterinary & Biomedical Research Building (image courtesy SRG) BY BRIAN LIBBY This is a continuation of my discussion with SRG Partnership founding partner John Schleuning, FAIA, who recently received the received the 2014 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects' Northwest & Pacific Region. From historic preservation to master planning, architecture to professional leadership, Schleuning has over the past four decades helped make …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-15 19:24:49
Jon Schleuning (image courtesy SRG Partnership) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last fall, SRG Partnership co-founder Jon Schleuning received the 2014 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects' Northwest & Pacific Region, awarded to architects who have demonstrated excellence in design, architectural education, or service to the profession while promoting public understanding of architects and architecture. Founded in 1972, SRG Partnership has distinguished itself …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-08 19:22:13
Centennial Mills (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently I wrote a CityLab article called "Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?" about the efforts of Portland developer Jordan Schnitzer and his company, Harsh, to renovate the historic but badly decayed Centennial Mills along the west edge of the Willamette River north of downtown into a vibrant mixed-use destination. "Walking through …


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Portland Architecture 2015-01-05 21:11:56
An apartment building on SE Morrison (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces - Materials & Methods Nancy Cheng experiments with how sheet materials can be cut, creased, or crimped to generate lighting effects that change with the sun's movement, while blocking unwanted heat and glare. Her Shaping Light project explores how physical prototyping and digital methods can …


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Portland Architecture 2014-12-17 21:13:20
Snøhetta meets with University of Oregon students (photo by Sabina Poole) BY TAZ LOOMANS AND BRIAN LIBBY Last week officials from the James Beard Public Market and architecture firm Snøhetta helda series of design forums  to kick-start the project. First came a public talk at Ziba on December 10, which included Ron Paul, the market?s executive director, as well as travel Portland CEO …


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Portland Architecture 2014-12-09 23:35:28
Emily Refi (image courtesy of the architect) BY TAZ LOOMANS The latest installment in our continuing series on local architects, their inspirations and favorite works brings us to a rising star in Portland architecture, Emily Refi. Refi has worked at SRG Partnership, owned her own firm and now is a project architect and designer with Waterleaf Architecture, Interiors and Planning. She's worked …


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Portland Architecture 2014-12-04 18:21:11
Maya Lin's "Celilo Arc" (rendering courtesy Confluence Project) BY TAZ LOOMANS Maya Lin spoke addressed the City Club at the Sentinel Hotel on November 21 about her Oregon and Washington-based Confluence Project, as well as her other recent work. Best known for her brilliant design of the Vietnam Memorial in 1982 when she was just an undergraduate at Yale, Lin has gone on to …


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Portland Architecture 2014-12-01 18:20:03
12 West building (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Portland 101: Crooked Grids, Tiny Blocks, and the Building of the City How did Portland get this way, with its little square blocks and weird intersections, the funny pronunciations and the bridge ramps to nowhere? Why is it even located where it is? This Architectural Heritage Center lecture by Robert Jordan will look at the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-12-01 18:20:03
12 West building (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Portland 101: Crooked Grids, Tiny Blocks, and the Building of the City How did Portland get this way, with its little square blocks and weird intersections, the funny pronunciations and the bridge ramps to nowhere? Why is it even located where it is? This Architectural Heritage Center lecture by Robert Jordan will look at the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-25 19:55:29
Morrison Bridge and ramps (image via Google Maps) BY BRIAN LIBBY Although the James Beard Public Market has been simmering as an idea and a dream for over a decade, and its intended location at the west end of the Morrison Bridge has been known since 2011, the recent announcement that acclaimed Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta will be its designer (first reported by Randy …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-25 19:55:29
Morrison Bridge and ramps (image via Google Maps) BY BRIAN LIBBY Although the James Beard Public Market has been simmering as an idea and a dream for over a decade, and its intended location at the west end of the Morrison Bridge has been known since 2011, the recent announcement that acclaimed Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta will be its designer (first reported by Randy …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-21 15:56:31
Grant Park Village (photo by Fred Leeson) BY FRED LEESON If the new Grant Park Village proves to be a smash hit on Broadway, we can call it ?Car Wars.? Should it prove to be a little less slam/bang, then a title like ?Food Fight? will do. The food fight and the accompanying car wars began November 12, when the New Seasons grocery …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-21 15:56:31
Grant Park Village (photo by Fred Leeson) BY FRED LEESON If the new Grant Park Village proves to be a smash hit on Broadway, we can call it ?Car Wars.? Should it prove to be a little less slam/bang, then a title like ?Food Fight? will do. The food fight and the accompanying car wars began November 12, when the New Seasons grocery …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-17 19:32:21
A rendering of Memorial Coliseum (image courtesy City of Portland archives) BY BRIAN LIBBY Saving the Gold Old Houses The current uproar over increased demolitions of historic homes has a distinct precedent from a generation past. 25 years ago, in 1989, 23 citizen activists were arrested when they formed a human chain to prevent a local developer from bulldozing a historic home …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-17 19:32:21
A rendering of Memorial Coliseum (image courtesy City of Portland archives) BY BRIAN LIBBY Saving the Gold Old Houses The current uproar over increased demolitions of historic homes has a distinct precedent from a generation past. 25 years ago, in 1989, 23 citizen activists were arrested when they formed a human chain to prevent a local developer from bulldozing a historic home …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-10 17:21:57
Elk Valley Tractor Shed (image courtesy Fieldwork Design) BY BRIAN LIBBY In recent years as the economy has boomed and busted, a lot of architects have had to reconsider their careers, with many leaving the profession for a variety of other jobs. Some designers, though, have retooled how they approach design to incorporate a greater array of skills, everything from the broad concept …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-10 17:21:57
Elk Valley Tractor Shed (image courtesy Fieldwork Design) BY BRIAN LIBBY In recent years as the economy has boomed and busted, a lot of architects have had to reconsider their careers, with many leaving the profession for a variety of other jobs. Some designers, though, have retooled how they approach design to incorporate a greater array of skills, everything from the broad concept …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-03 19:47:59
Steve Badanes (image courtesy iCONTEXT.TV) BY BRIAN LIBBY Oregon History 101: The Donation Land Act This continuing series of Oregon Encyclopedia presentations at McMenamins Kennedy School returns with "How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its History," a presentation by Portland State University professor David A. Johnson. McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue. 7PM Monday, November …


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Portland Architecture 2014-11-03 19:47:59
Steve Badanes (image courtesy iCONTEXT.TV) BY BRIAN LIBBY Oregon History 101: The Donation Land Act This continuing series of Oregon Encyclopedia presentations at McMenamins Kennedy School returns with "How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its History," a presentation by Portland State University professor David A. Johnson. McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue. 7PM Monday, November …


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