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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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Portland Architecture 2014-10-31 23:37:10
Willamette River from Atwater Place (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY  In its short life, Portland?s South Waterfront has had a tumultuous history. And recently there seems to be somewhat of a collective desire to re-evaluate where the neighborhood stands and gauge its successes and failures. Is it an exemplary high-density, transit-connected, pedestrian-oriented 21st century neighborhood, or is it a cautionary tale? …


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Portland Architecture 2014-10-31 23:37:10
Willamette River from Atwater Place (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY  In its short life, Portland?s South Waterfront has had a tumultuous history. And recently there seems to be somewhat of a collective desire to re-evaluate where the neighborhood stands and gauge its successes and failures. Is it an exemplary high-density, transit-connected, pedestrian-oriented 21st century neighborhood, or is it a cautionary tale? …


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Portland Architecture 2014-10-23 18:30:19
Portland Gasco Building (photo by Sheri Mason-Cruise) BY BRIAN LIBBY When the Portland Gas & Coke Building celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, the circa-1913 structure along the west bank of the Willamette River near the St. Johns Bridge also was deemed to be not long for this world, as its current owner, NW Natural, announced the structure would be demolished. Since then, …


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Portland Architecture 2014-10-16 18:33:54
Architect Jenny Wu (image courtesy Portland State University) BY BRIAN LIBBY Jenny Wu A partner at the Los Angeles based architecture and design office Oyler Wu Collaborative, Wu will discuss the evolution of the firm's design work over the last several years. The office has won numerous design awards, including the 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, 2013 Emerging Talent Award …


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Portland Architecture 2014-10-13 22:49:26
Michael Powe (image courtesy Preservation Green Lab) BY FRED LEESON Jane Jacobs had no professional training in urban planning when she set the profession on its ear in 1961. Her earth-shaking book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, attacked the contemporary trend of urban renewal as wrong-headed, counter-productive and just plain dumb. From simply looking around, Jacobs believed that low-rise streets with …


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