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Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats

Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats
Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats , 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

Last week, Michael Graves attended a public conversation with Randy Gragg, director of The University of Oregon's John Yeon Center to discuss the Portland Building, America's first postmodern building. The discussion centered around the famed, 1980s building’s many problems - “dark, leaky and claustrophobic” interiors,” pedestrian-unfriendly parking garage, and more - asking Graves for his advice on whether the city should update it or tear it down. His response, “The whole idea of tearing the building down, it's like killing a child… I don't know how to react to that.” Read all of Graves’ responses to tenant complaints here on the Oregon Live.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats " 19 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/558857/michael-graves-defends-the-portland-building-from-demolition-threats/> ISSN 0719-8884
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