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Portland Architecture 2015-06-30 19:52:16
An Architects Without Borders project in Haiti (image courtesy AWB-Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY Architects Without Borders-Oregon: A 10-Year Retrospective Founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami, Architects Without Borders-Oregon assists communities in need by providing design and planning services through a volunteer network of professionals and students. This 10-year retrospective, part of a month-long exhibit at the Center for Architecture that …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-26 11:52:00
James Beard Public Market from Naito Parkway (rendering courtesy Snøhetta) BY BRIAN LIBBY This week architects from Snøhetta, the renowned Norwegian firm with offices now in New York and San Francisco that has been hired to design the James Beard Public Market , unveiled its plans in a series of meetings and community events, such as a packed talk I attended at the University …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-24 21:30:09
"Unclouded Vision," a 1st prize winner (image courtesy AIA/Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last year the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects inaugurated its "Stitch" competition, which looked at how swaths of Interstate 405, which cuts through the central city like a canyon, could be covered to restore the missing blocks for public space, buildings or otherwise. Now the competition has returned, but …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-19 21:53:33
A project by Georgia Barnett and Brian Campbell (images courtesy UO) BY BRIAN LIBBY School's out for summer, and with it comes the arrival of architecture students' final thesis projects at the city's two architecture schools, Portland State University and the University of Oregon's Portland outpost. Recently I visited exhibits at UO of student work from three different classes, and have decided to …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-15 23:33:39
Janten building, NE Sandy Boulevard (image courtesy Architectural Heritage Center) BY BRIAN LIBBY Jane Burry: Designing The DynamicDynamic feedback is one of the challenges of the hour ? how can designers see the performance effects of design options in real-time? This lecture by Jane Burry Burry, Ph.D., who directs the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-10 19:24:21
The floating Fennel Residence (photo by Cameron Neilson) BY BRIAN LIBBY Robert Oshatz has long been one of the Portland area's most iconoclastic architects. Practicing here since 1971, Oshatz design houses with soaring forms and bold geometric shapes that are also draped in natural materials like wood. There's a little bit of Frank Lloyd Wright organic architecture in Oshatz's work, for he …


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Portland Architecture 2015-06-05 16:45:34
A rendering of the future Oregon Square (illustration by MIR/GBD Architects) BY BRIAN LIBBY Nearly a decade ago, Portland's GBD Architects saw completion of one of the largest projects of the era, and one that helped redefine a neighborhood: the five-block, seven-building Brewery Blocks. By the time the final Brewery Blocks building was completed, the Pearl District was well on its way into transitioning …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-31 21:51:29
Historic house in Sullivan's Gulch (image courtesy Architectural Heritage Center) BY BRIAN LIBBY Embodied States: PSU School of Architecture student exhibit Portland State University's School of Architecture celebrates the creative work of students in the undergraduate and Master of Architecture programs with an end-of-year design exhibition, titled ?Embodied States.? The monthlong exhibit, beginning with a First Thursday opening reception, will highlight the creative …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-27 22:01:01
Belluschi Pavilion, Marylhurst University (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY When architect Pietro Belluschi was approached by newlyweds Arthur and Lucy Griffith in 1949 about design them a home in suburban Lake Oswego, his career was at a crossroads. Two years earlier, Belluschi had seen completion of what may be his most acclaimed building, the Equitable, in downtown Portland, which was celebrated as the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-22 20:44:06
Leo Williams (image courtesy University of Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY It's easy to forget that Portland wasn't always Portland. Today if we look around at a lot of the iconic places and spaces that comprise this city, from greenspaces like Waterfront Park to preserved landmarks like Central Library and the Pittock Mansion or historic districts like Old Town and Skidmore, it's easy to forget …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-18 18:58:34
CLSB (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY In the realm of sustainable American architecture, there is no greater honor than being named to the annual Top 10 Green Projects list, selected by the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment. It's something only a few Portland buildings or Portland architects' works have achieved, and most of them have come in the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-15 20:17:25
Jackson Tower (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Terra Cotta Downtown walking tour As this Architectural Heritage Center tour will demonstrate, downtown Portland?s collection of terra cotta-clad buildings is one of the finest in the nation, exemplifying the popularity of this building material during the early decades of the 20th century. The concentration of these buildings, designed by the likes of architect …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-11 19:17:58
Shaw Residence, Southwest Portland (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY When talk turns to the regional Northwest modern style made popular in the mid-20th century, Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon are nearly always the first names that come up. But as last Saturday's Restore Oregon-sponsored tour demonstrated, architect Van Evera Bailey is a name that should not be forgotten. Bailey's journey as …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-05 21:35:39
The renovated Washington High (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY It occurred to me on a recent tour of the renovated Washington High School that it belongs to a constellation of old buildings across the city that, while of disparate origins and original purposes, have now been transformed into offices for creative companies. Unless you?re a law firm or a major …


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Portland Architecture 2015-05-01 17:36:13
Belluschi Pavilion (image courtesy Marylhurst University) BY BRIAN LIBBY Belluschi Pavilion Open House Legendary Portland architect Pietro Belluschi designed the 911-square-foot home in 1951 for Arthur and Lucy Griffith of Lake Oswego that has since been dismantled, moved to Marylhurst University and restored. The Belluschi Pavilion, as it's now known, will provide educational opportunities for Marylhurst students and the architectural community, and will …


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Portland Architecture 2015-04-28 17:42:48
Radiator Building (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY  Perhaps no other street in Portland has transformed over the past five to ten years like the North Williams-Vancouver Avenue corridor. Head north from Russell Street on Russell in particular and you?ll see an area that used to be home to a mix of vacant lots, old houses and light industrial enclaves is now …


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Portland Architecture 2015-04-24 18:51:53
Ankeny Row (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Over the past couple of years as the real estate economy has gathered steam, much attention has been devoted to the push-pull between large multifamily residential buildings (apartments, condos) and single-family homes. Whether it's the incongruity of a house next to a five-story building or the difficulties that plague neighborhoods when large buildings without …


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Portland Architecture 2015-04-16 18:29:06
Landscape architect Bas Smets (image courtesy University of Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY Bas Smets: Landscape is Fiction This conversation between Randy Gragg and landscape architect Bas Smets is part of the University of Oregon John Yeon Center's 2015 spring lecture series, A New City Beautiful: Landscape + Infrastructure = Public Space. One of the world?s rising-star landscape architects, Bas Smets hails from what …


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Portland Architecture 2015-04-13 22:24:39
Pearl District and Fremont Bridge (photo by Brian Libby) BY NATHAN DAY Last week, the City of Portland?s Design Commission gave its annual State of the City Design Report to City Council, a relatively overlooked event that is usually seen as more of a formality than one of great public interest. This go around it seemed different, more important than in years past, …


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Portland Architecture 2015-04-06 19:49:08
Downtown Portland (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY The history of cities has always been fluid. Metropolises continuously rise and fall in population, in affordability, and in economic activity?and not just the obvious examples like Detroit?s decline or Dubai?s dizzying rise. Portland too has continuously transformed, even before the boom and bust cycle of the past decade. A 19th century pioneer town gave way …


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