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Bridging the Divide: chadbourne + doss’ Scheme “Stitches” Portland Communities with Rec Center Overpasses

00:00 - 25 May, 2014
© chadbourne + doss
© chadbourne + doss

We’ve all traveled along an interstate overpass. In most cases they are constructed of bleak concrete, tattooed in graffiti, and built with the sole purpose of getting you across lanes of heavy traffic as quickly as possible. They are a bridge at the bare minimum, but what if they provide something more for the communities they connect? 

In a recent ideas competition, AIA Portland called for creative proposals that would best bridge local neighborhoods divided by Interstate 405. The winning entry, “Five Bridges” by chadbourne + doss, posits that the best way to do this is with inhabitable overpasses.

EGWW / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architect

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
EGWW / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architect, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux +31

Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture, © Joshua Jay Elliott
© Joshua Jay Elliott

© Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott +15

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects , © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman +12

Has Cycling Hit A Speed Bump?

00:00 - 25 January, 2014
Has Cycling Hit A Speed Bump?, The Skycycle proposal by Foster + Partners and Space Syntax. Image © Foster + Partners
The Skycycle proposal by Foster + Partners and Space Syntax. Image © Foster + Partners

There are few recent trends in urbanism that have received such widespread support as cycling: many consider cycling the best way for cities to reduce congestion and pollution, make cities more dense and vibrant, and increase the activity and therefore health of citizens. Thus, it's no surprise a number of schemes have been proposed worldwide to promote cycling as an attractive way to get around.

However, recently it seems that many cycling schemes are running into bumpy ground. Read on to find out more.

The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?, The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

In a provocative article, The Atlantic Cities explores the dilemma which Portland currently finds itself in: the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building, one of the most important examples of early postmodernism, requires renovation work to the tune of $95 million; unfortunately, most residents of Portland "really, really hate" the building - as they have since it was constructed in 1983. Should the city spend so much money renovating a building which is unpopular, dysfunctional and poorly built just because of its cultural significance? Read the original article for more.

Tower House / Benjamin Waechter Architect

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
Tower House / Benjamin Waechter Architect, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portland, OR, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Benjamin Waechter Architect
  • Structural Engineer

    Munzing Structural Engineering
  • Constructor

    Prutting and Co.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Oakley House / Benjamin Waechter Architect

01:00 - 24 December, 2013
© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +9

Ziba Design World Headquarters / Holst Architecture

01:00 - 11 December, 2013
Ziba Design World Headquarters / Holst Architecture, © Stephen Miller
© Stephen Miller

© Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller © Stephen Miller +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    1044 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, United States
  • Team

    R&H Construction, Brightworks
  • Area

    76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break... 

Photo by flickr.com/photos/camknows. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> The Portland Building in 1983. Photo by Clausen Meredith via Society of Architectural Historians Photo by flickr.com/photos/sacred_destinations . Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> www.greatbuildings.com +17

AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture, image via sageclassroom.com
image via sageclassroom.com

Social justice. How can that be achieved? At Portland State University School of Architecture, faculty and students are exploring just this issue in different forms. Often when people think of Portland or the state of Oregon, images of “crunchy” eco-“warriors” come to mind, but these issues are not simply proxies for a lifestyle or consumer choices. Rather, when discussing people and ecology, the issues are about resources. Specifically, how do humans use and allocate resources to promote fair, well-distributed advancements rather than exploitation, oppression and conspicuous consumption.

Portland State University’s School of Architecture launches Center for Public Interest Design

15:00 - 27 May, 2013
via Portland State University
via Portland State University

Portland State University’s School of Architecture has announced the launch of its new Center for Public Interest Design, a research center that aims to investigate and utilize the power of design to make social, economic and environmental change in disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Center is the first of its kind in the nation.

FINE / Bora Architects

00:00 - 26 April, 2013
© Jon Jensen
© Jon Jensen
  • Architects

  • Location

    1140 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States
  • Contractor

    Howard S. Wright Construction
  • Area

    5475.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jon Jensen © Jon Jensen © Jon Jensen © Jon Jensen +12

'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium, Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU
Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU

Taking place April 26-27, the 'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium will explore the following provocative questions: How is architecture’s use value defined, and by whom? How can turning to other disciplines’ unexpected utilization of architecture expand our perception of its utility? And what are the future utilities of architecture? Today, the idea of architecture’s utility is perhaps more diverse than ever, as architecture commonly mingles with other disciplines, and as new typologies of building design emerge almost daily. Organized by Portland State University School of Architecture, three keynote speakers—Philippe Rahm, Jimenez Lai and Jill Stoner—as well as eleven notable architects, artists and academics will participate. More information after the break.

Fox House / PIQUE Architecture

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
© Nicole Werner
© Nicole Werner

© Alan Brandt © Alan Brandt © Alan Brandt © Alan Brandt +26

Randall Children´s Hospital / ZGF Architects

01:00 - 21 March, 2013
© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing
© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing
  • Architects

  • Location

    2801 North Gantenbein Avenue, Portland, OR 97227, United States
  • Project Architect

    Halliday Meisburger
  • Architects in Charge

    Adam Christie, Justin Brooks, Randy McGee, Scott Tarrant, Nick Micheels Medical Planners: Jennifer Mountain, Solvei Neiger, Sue Ann Barton
  • Area

    334000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing © Eckert & Eckert © ZGF Architects LLP © Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing +17

'Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx' Exhibition

00:00 - 7 March, 2013
'Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx' Exhibition, © Sandy Agrafiotis Photography
© Sandy Agrafiotis Photography

Currently on display at the Portland Museum of Art until May 19, 'Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx' showcases the power of design through an interactive exhibition featuring work of some of the world's leading architects and designers. The display, designed by architects Tim Ventimiglia and Jennifer Whitburn of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, includes a 17-foot-tall tower with three levels of images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. A dynamic image projection will light up two sides of the tower by using projectors embedded in the interior of the tower and will feature infrared light sensors, creating touch interactivity for visitors. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano Lecture at Portland State University

23:00 - 13 February, 2013
Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano - San Telmo / © Roland Halbe
Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano - San Telmo / © Roland Halbe

Taking place at 6:00pm PST on Friday, March 1, internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will deliver their fourth presentation in the “Placing” lecture series offered by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, which is free and open to the public. Based in Madrid and Berlin, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is known for projects that marry a contemporary architectural language with traditional settings and historic structures. Their work includes the Madinat al Zahra Museum in Córdoba—recipient of a 2010 Aga Kahn Award—and extensions to the Joanneum Museum in Graz. More information after the break.