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Portland Architecture 2016-02-11 19:36:27
A residence by Andee Hess and Osmose Design (Wallpaper) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last March, I began hosting a bi-monthly interview series in partnership with one of Portland Architecture's sponsors, Ceilume, called Designer Spotlight. As we prepare for the fifth installment in the series tonight, featuring interior designer Garrison Hullinger (whom The Oregonian's Janet Eastman interviewed recently for her "5 Things" series), I'd like …


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Portland Architecture 2016-02-09 18:05:16
Botond Bognar and Kengo Kuma with Randy Gragg (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was on hand at the Portland Art Museum for a lecture and interview that also included University of Illinois architecture professor Botond Bognar (considered a foremost expert on Kuma and post-World War II Japanese architecture) and was moderated by the University of Oregon/John Yeon Center's Randy …


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Portland Architecture 2016-02-03 21:53:05
Michelle LaFoe (Dina Avila) BY JENNIFER WRIGHT Next in our continuing series is architect Michelle LaFoe, principal at OFFICE 52 Architecture. Along with firm partner Isaac Campbell, their collaboration has established itself as one of the city?s most creative and innovative. Whether its local urban infill projects such as House C and its sculpturally designed Light Space or their national competition-winning design …


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Portland Architecture 2016-02-01 23:12:38
Keller Fountain (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Carl Alviani A designer, writer, editor and researcher, Alviani will share his story as part of an ongoing lecture series from the Applied Craft + Design MFA program from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Educated in industrial design at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and structural engineering at UC …


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Portland Architecture 2016-01-28 23:35:48
Chet Orloff addresses a Centennial Mills forum (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last week, just a few blocks from where demolition crews have been busy dismantling the majority of Centennial Mills, a trio of interested parties?the Pearl District Neighborhood Association's Patricia Gardner, developer and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer, and historian Chet Orloff?hosted a public forum to explore how this historic development might still …


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Portland Architecture 2016-01-21 20:15:21
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY In late October of last year, Commissioner Steve Novick introduced in City Council an amendment to an urban planning budget bill that called for Veterans Memorial Coliseum to be demolished and the land sold to a developer, on the condition that a sizable portion of the units be reserved for affordable housing. The amendment …


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Portland Architecture 2016-01-15 23:30:27
Centennial Mills (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Hallgeir Homstvedt The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts' Department of Architecture Lecture Series features Oslo designer Hallgeir Homstvedt of Hallgeir Homstvedt Design. Homstvedt's lecture will focus on the breadth of work and how a being a multi-disciplinary designer is a natural part of a small studio where varied projects and processes are …


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Portland Architecture 2016-01-08 19:44:29
Green Loop draft map (City of Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY In March of last year, Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability introduced the concept of what is being called a Green Loop around the central city, "an easy and smooth pathway through the Central City?s parks and open spaces," as it's described on the bureau's website, "a six-mile walking and biking path …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-31 19:34:35
Schnitzer Center for Art & Design (PNCA) BY BRIAN LIBBY For much of this year, conversations about architecture have been about what we're losing or might lose: the historic buildings small and large being torn down or threatened . Be it National Register-listed landmarks like the Portland Building and Memorial Coliseum, beloved industrial relics like the Portland GasCo Building and Centennial Mills, or …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-22 17:14:21
The Karuna East building at One North (Leah Nash) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently in an article for The New York Times I had the opportunity to write about the three-building One North development, along NE Fremont Street between Williams Avenue and Vancouver Avenue. As often happens, one winds up interviewing lots of people and then only having room to fit a select few comments …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-18 17:43:41
Trish Nixon (LRS Architects) BY LUKE AREHART Continuing our series on local architects and their inspirations is this conversation with Trish Nixon, the managing principal at LRS Architects. With over 20 years of experience, Nixon leads the LRS Green Committee, responsible for reviewing and recommending the latest in sustainable design practices and materials for clients and staff and is a licensed architect in Oregon, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-11 18:41:27
Fire & Rescue Station 21 from the Willamette (Tom Bonner) BY BRIAN LIBBY Six years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue faced an emergency on the Willamette River they weren't equipped to handle. Amanda Jo Stott-Smith, a deranged mother, dropped her two young children over the Sellwood Bridge in an act of murder, and the response time was painfully long. "It took almost 40 …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-08 19:36:27
Society Hotel from Third Avenue (NashCo Photography) BY BRIAN LIBBY In a year that has seen more historic buildings destroyed than any in recent memory, from neighborhood homes to hulking riverside landmarks, visiting the recently-opened Society Hotel was refreshing. Located at NW Third Avenue and Davis Street in the historic Old Town/Chinatown district, the building was originally completed in 1881 and has had many …


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Portland Architecture 2015-12-04 20:23:09
United Workmen Temple, 1981 (University of Oregon Libraries) BY BRIAN LIBBY A few weeks ago came the news that two historic Portland buildings, the Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple and the Hotel Albion (housing the Lotus Cafe), would be demolished to make way for a 20-story hotel and a 10-story office building. Both properties were removed at the owners' request from the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-30 20:03:04
Fuglestad House (image courtesy Duniway Elementary) BY BRIAN LIBBY Integrating Performance Based Analysis Into the Design Process: A Conversation with Energy Analysts This continuing-education seminar, offered by the AIA/Portland Committee on the Environment, will cover the rich topic of performance based modeling and analysis, and how it enhances design decision making.  Eric McDaniel and a panel of experts will cover the various aspects of …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-25 20:38:45
Portland Building (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY As I write this on the eve of Thanksgiving, Portland's built environment is transforming at a rate that has rarely been matched in the city's history. And depending on your take, the result could occupy either sides of the old Dickens line that begins A Tale of Two Cities:  "It was the best of times, it …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-20 17:29:14
Clay Creative (image courtesy Mackenzie) BY IAIN MACKENZIE In 1922 Euclid, Ohio adopted a zoning ordinance that included six classes of use, intended to preserve to the village character of the Cleveland suburb. Industry would be kept away from residential uses, and building heights would be limited. While Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City and Le Corbusier's Ville Radieuse are probably more famous examples …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-16 20:30:13
Frederick Law Olmsted (image courtesy Wikimedia Commons) BY BRIAN LIBBY Proving Ground: PSU's Center for Public Interest Design This ongoing exhibit documents the primary work and efforts of the School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) since its establishment in the summer of 2013. These first two years have served as the proving ground in which the CPID has attempted to realize …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-13 00:05:47
A panel discussion at Equity By Design (photo by Taz Loomans) BY TAZ LOOMANS Architecture must evolve or die. Historically, it's been an old man's profession and slow to change, resulting in what's known as the missing 32 percent, representing the number of women that are missing from the ranks of leadership in the profession. The number of women who are AIA members, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-11-10 20:23:07
200 Market Street (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently the City of Portland passed a new requirement for commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to disclose their energy performance. Mandatory compliance will begin April 22, 2016. A year later, buildings over 20,000 square feet will be required to disclose their data. Although it's unsurprising that some commercial building owners and developers have and will …


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