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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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Portland Architecture 2014-06-09 20:42:52
Downtown Portland (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Since it was first created in the 1980s, the Portland Design Commission has weighed in on hundreds of buildings across downtown, the Pearl District, and a select few historic and close-in neighborhoods. It's a way of ensuring architectural quality not just in individual buildings, but across the city fabric. The Design Commission has always …


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Portland Architecture 2014-06-02 17:54:54
Pacific Ocean at Newport, Oregon (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Ken Buesseler: Our Radioactive Oceans Marine radiochemist  Dr. Ken Buesseler, who heads the at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Center for Marine and Environmental Radiation (CMER) and the How Radioactive Are Our Oceans project, discusses the basics of radiation, the affects of Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Pacific Ocean, and ways we can help. …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-28 22:27:45
Climate Chamber at UO's ESBL (image courtesy University of Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY For all the technology and hard science behind what's called the Climate Chamber at University of Oregon's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, the effect it has on people is a little bit like magic. Professor G.Z. Brown, who heads the school's two ESBLs, in Eugene and Portland, has seen even …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-21 22:38:53
Bakery Building entrance at SE 22nd & Irving (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY There is a new entry in Portland?s ongoing collection of warehouses converted to creative-class office space, joining projects from the past decade like the Olympic Mills Commerce Center in the Central Eastside, the Leftbank Building near the Rose Quarter, and the Ford Building in Southeast. The  Bakery Building …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-15 23:49:24
Portland Plaza and Wells Fargo Center (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Stitch Awards Celebration An unveiling and celebration of the winner and competitors from the AIA/Portland ideas competition devoted to covering portions of Interstate 405 as it bisects Portland?s downtown and the Goose Hollow neighborhood. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Friday, May 16. Free. Irvington Home Tour The …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-12 22:41:03
Jennings Sutor house (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY "We never could design a building as beautiful as the trees." That quote from architect Pietro Belluschi is engraved on a commemorative bench in Forest Park dedicated to his memory. Perhaps it's something not many legendary architects would say, yet as this weekend's tour of six Belluschi-designed houses made evident, this was an …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-08 23:04:42
Dyer residence (image courtesy accessorydwellings.org) BY BRIAN LIBBY Ever since Oregon's pioneering land-use planning laws of the 1970s, Portland has embraced density over sprawl. Yet there has always been a limit to how many people are willing to live in multi-family condo and apartment buildings. For a lot of residents, the picket-fence dream remains vital: the chance to live in a single-family …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-06 18:47:53
L. Rudoph Barton (image courtesy PSU) BY BRIAN LIBBY Local architects and members of the design profession have been taking home numerous honors lately. Here's a roundup of their awards and acknowledgements. Portland State University architecture professor L. Rudolph Barton has been awarded a Fulbright visiting professorship to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland for the 2014-2015 academic year. Barton is the …


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Portland Architecture 2014-05-01 16:19:31
Pietro Belluschi's Burkes residence (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Dee Williams In an appearance at Powell's Books, author Dee Williams will read from The Big Tiny, her book about discovering a sense of self by building an 84-square-foot home in Olympia from scratch. After being diagnosted with heart disease, "The notion of paying a 30-year mortgage didn?t make sense," Williams, …


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Portland Architecture 2014-04-29 19:24:59
Block 15 (image courtesy Boora) BY BRIAN LIBBY Over the past 15 years we have watched the Pearl District rise to become a cultural and residential heart of the city center, with a one-time urban fabric of industrial warehouses and rail yards give way to condos, apartments and parks. In the early days of the Pearl, when the focus was mostly on its …


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Portland Architecture 2014-04-23 19:06:37
Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Courthouse (photo by Nic Lehoux) BY BRIAN LIBBY Yesterday two local projects by Portland firms were named to the American Institute of Architects Committee on The Environment's annual Top 10 list of the nation's best sustainable designs: the Bud Clark Commons by Holst Architecture and the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building modernization by Cutler Anderson (of Bainbridge Island, …


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Portland Architecture 2014-04-15 23:44:43
A Victorian house in Southeast Portland (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Stefan Behnisch The founding partner of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, Germany, Stefan Behnisch is a world-renowned educator and proponent on the subject of sustainable building design. Behnisch?s goal?to connect the forces of human life and the natural environment?fuels his design work. Behnisch?s honors include a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, …


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Portland Architecture 2014-04-11 22:24:25
Goldman Building (image courtesy PNCA) BRIAN LIBBY When it was completed in 1998, the renovated Goodman Building didn't just provide an expanded home and presence for the Pacific Northwest College of Art. It also epitomized the Pearl District's DNA: creative conversions of warehouses. Holst Architecture's design provided a mix of art-exhibit space and classrooms surrounding a wide-open multistory central space that acted …


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