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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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Portland Architecture 2015-03-31 23:31:23
Platter residence, Milwaukie (photo by Elliott Anderson, courtesy CJ Hurley Century Arts) BY BRIAN LIBBY Curious about Carbon Pricing in Oregon? Are you curious about carbon pricing and how it addresses climate change? Do you wonder what carbon pricing means, and what are the differences between fees, taxes, shifts, offsets and caps? Do you wonder what it means for Oregon? This forum features Kristin …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-27 19:20:28
St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton (photo by Benjamin Benschneider) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently Portland firm ZGF Architects was selected by Healthcare Design magazine as the 2015 Organization of the Year for ?advancing the industry through inpatient and outpatient facility and research laboratory projects in the U.S. and beyond.? The firm has designed hospitals and other treatment centers around the nation, be it for the Dana-Farber …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-23 18:19:54
Memorial Coliseum (photo by Julius Shulman, courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust) BY BRIAN LIBBY Most of the numbers from a sweeping study that Portland's City Council commissioned on Veterans Memorial Coliseum have not been released yet: not the market analysis that would estimate future bookings after a restoration, for example, or the cost of demolition. But after requests from The Oregonian, last week …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-20 18:02:37
Feldman/Milford house (all photos by Grant Harder for Dwell) BY BRIAN LIBBY In a recent issue of Dwell magazine, I had the chance to write about and share the work of one of my favorite Portland architects, Saul Zaik, upon the renovation of one of his greatest designs, the circa-1956 Feldman House in southwest Portland's Garden Home neighborhood. One of the last remaining …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-15 23:01:23
Interior designer Andee Hess (image courtesy Osmose Design) BY BRIAN LIBBY AIA Historic Resource Committee Surround Architects and Naito Properties will make a presentation about the Grove Hotel Redevelopment at Fourth and Burnside, for which the team was chosen by the Portland Development Commission. AIA Center for Archtiecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Free. Portland Interior Designer Spotlight Yours truly is the …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-13 20:15:47
Michael Graves being interviewed in Portland, October 2014 (photo by Brian Libby) BRIAN LIBBY In the late 1970s and early '80s, Portland was in the midst of an identity crisis and the beginning of a transformation. And Michael Graves, the renowned architect who died yesterday at 80, helped share that transformation with the world. If his landmark Portland Building would turn out to …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-10 21:19:20
Thomas Hacker (left) and Randy Gragg in conversation (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last week Thomas Hacker, founder of Portland firm THA Architecture, joined host Randy Gragg for a talk at the Watzek House about his decades-long career, as part of the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architectural Study's Conversations at the Watzek House series. Hacker was both taught and …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-06 22:05:47
An atrium inside PNCA (photos by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY A few nights ago, I happened to attend a talk with architect Thomas Hacker (founder of THA Architecture), in which he talked about how unlike Eugene, where he had taught at the University of Oregon, Portland, where he eventually made his name as an architect, has ?an amazing civic sensibility, and …


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Portland Architecture 2015-03-03 17:54:29
Apartments near SE 16th and Hawthorne (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Citizen Architects: Ethics, Education and the Construction of a Profession The Portland State University School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design welcomes University of California at Berkeley instructor and Ph.D. candidate Anna Goodman for a talk focusing on twentieth-century America and how educators have used "community design-build" to connect …


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