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I-405 downtown (photo by Dave Hogan) BY BRIAN LIBBY Over the past 15 years, Portland has added some memorable public spaces to its downtown core, including the Eastbank Esplanade in 2001, Jamison Square in 2002, Tanner Springs Park in 2005...

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William Temple House (image courtesy PejorativeJinx) BY BRIAN LIBBY Getting your house ready for the “Big One” The Pacific Northwest and the Portland area are no strangers to the threat of impending earthquakes and this is made all-too-clear when an...

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Michael Erlich & Allison Tigard in "The Monster-Builder" (photo by Owen Carey) BY BRIAN LIBBY I guess you could say Amy Freed and I hit it off. We talked for more than two hours about architecture, and for most of...

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Amy Freed (image courtesy Washingtonian magazine) BY BRIAN LIBBY Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Amy Freed's play "The Monster-Builder," now showing at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, is a farcical comedy about an out-of-control architect who will do anything to get a...

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An artwork by Matthias Pliessnig (image courtesy PNCA) BY BRIAN LIBBY Arthur C. Nelson: Future Livable Cities A professor of planning at the University of Utah and director of the school's Metropolitan Research Center, Nelson’s research and practice have shaped...

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John Bridges House (photo by Elliot Njus for The Oregonian) BY BRIAN LIBBY With the national economy gaining steam after years of recession and an imperitave in the Portland metro area to densify rather than sprawl, historic houses seem to...

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William Neburka & Carrie Strickland (photo by Joshua Jay Elliott) BY LUKE AREHART In the February issue of Architect magazine as part of its Next Progressives series, writer Karrie Jacobs profiles Carrie Strickland, a partner and co-founder at Portland’s Works...

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Skylab's Block 67 proposal (rendering courtesy Skylab) BY FRED LEESON In traditional terms, the dramatic, bold and creative proposal for the long-vacant Burnside Bridgehead block can be described simply as an apartment tower sitting on a podium. But knowing it...

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Thomas Robinson (image courtesy Lever Architecture) BY LUKE AREHART Since founding Portland's Lever Architecture in 2009, Thomas Robinson has established himself and his firm as one of the city's most acclaimed. Whether it's local projects like the Union Way shops...

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Portland Gas & Coke (photo by Jody Miller) BY BRIAN LIBBY Imagine a few years from now you're driving on Highway 30 north of downtown Portland. You've passed miles of industrial facilities and train tracks, but as the city's most...

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Chabad Jewish Center (photo by Tim LaBarge) BY BRIAN LIBBY Although Portland's Jewish population may be smaller than certain larger US cities like New York or Los Angeles, the metro area has long included several architecturally noteworthy synagogues. There is...

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5408 NE 28th Ave. (photo by 22pages) BY BRIAN LIBBY Thirteen years ago this month, Portland architect Walker Templeton was getting ready for one of his last games as a football player: a Holiday Bowl victory over Texas as his...

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Portland Gas & Coke building (image via gascobuilding.blogspot.com) BY BRIAN LIBBY It's a building that pretty much no one in Portland has even entered for more than a half century, yet as soon as I mentioned its planned demolition on...

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NW 14th & Lovejoy in Slabtown, 1928 (image courtesy City of Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY 12x12 As a fundraiser for the nonprofit Center For Architecture, artists and architects have donated a series of illustrations and images on 12-inch square surfaces....

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Kiln Apartments (rendering courtesy GBD Architects) BY BRIAN LIBBY In recent years the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system has been joined by a number of other green design verification and certifications, such as the Living Building Challenge, Green...

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Downtown Portland (photo by Brian Libby) BY LUKE AREHART REvive Jacmel Reception An interdisciplinary student-led project to create a new health care clinic in Jacmel, Haiti called REvive Jacmel, will hold a competition awards reception. With guidance from Waterleaf Architecture,...

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ArtHouse (photo by Jeremy Bittermann) BY BRIAN LIBBY Good architecture is often about taking a few key ideas about space, volume and light and carrying them through to the end of a project: making strong, clear, functional moves that stop...

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PICA headquarters on SW 10th (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY For the past few years, each September the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has made the otherwise vacant former Washington High School on SE 12th Avenue a lively...

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Academy Theater (image courtesy of the theater) BY BRIAN LIBBY A few years ago, the restoration of the historic Academy Theater helped revitalize the entire Southeast Portland neighborhood of Montavilla. A community anchor in the 1940s and ‘50s, it had...

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Union Way (photo by Jeremy Bittermann) BY BRIAN LIBBY When developer Tom Cody of Project PDX and architect Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture led a late-afternoon tour of their new Union Way shopping alley in Portland’s West End last week,...

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Watzek House (photo by Brian Libby) BY LUKE AREHART Watzek House Tour Tour Oregon’s newest National Historic Landmark. In 1935, when Portland lumber magnate Aubrey Watzek wished to build a house for himself and his mother, his friend John Yeon...

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Sergio Palleroni and students in Ladakh, India (image courtesy PSU) BY BRIAN LIBBY Earlier this month, Portland State University’s School of Architecture announced the launch of its new Center for Public Interest Design, a research center investigating the power of...

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Roosevelt high School (photo by Matthew Ginn) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last November, voters approved a $482 million school construction bond for Portland Public Schools by a two thirds majority. The bond will fully renovate three high schools - Grant, Roosevelt...

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Old town Nuremberg, Germany (photo by Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Perhaps the best thing about traveling is how it alters the way one sees one's home, and the ideas one brings back. It's not that I've returned to a...

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Kings Road House, Los Angeles BY LUKE AREHART R.M. Schindler’s Kings Road House: Pre-Everybody Lecture by Judith Sheine, UO Department of Architecture Professor and Department Head. R.M. Schindler lived and worked in his house and studio on Kings Road from...

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Francis and Hopkins Motors (rendering via Frozen Music) BY BRIAN LIBBY In late March, word came (via The Business Journal) that St. Mary’s Academy, the Catholic girls’ high school downtown along SW Sixth Avenue, is acquiring the former University Station...

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Architect-editor Peter Murray (image courtesy Portland to Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY By the time you read this, they will be somewhere in the bread basket of the United States, on the long stretch between Portland and Minneapolis populated with antelope...

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Wright's Marin County Civic Center (image courtesy AHC) BY LUKE AREHART Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright In 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a summer home for George and Emily Stewart in Montecito, California, his first California...

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Tim Eddy (photo by Kim-Oanh-Nguyen) BY LUKE AREHART Since forming in 1992, Portland firm Hennebery Eddy Architects has amassed an impressive portfolio fusing sustainable principles with a reverence for craftsmanship and simple, beautiful forms. The firm has won a slough...

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The Albert Apartments, Williams Avenue (image via Ruben J. Menashe, Inc.) BY BRIAN LIBBY Today perhaps like no other street in Portland, Williams Avenue embodies the ups and downs of density and development in historic neighborhoods. The one-way, two-lane street,...

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