Portland Design, Urban Growth, and History

If accepted this will be my third year participating in Design Week. As in past years my presentations will be held at various outdoor locations and will consist of walking tour conversations on architectural design, urban growth, landscape architecture, and Portland history. Each year I use participant and Design Week organization feedback to both expand upon and improve my event.

My presentations have grown out of my experience with Design Week, the Architectural Heritage Center, where I am a lead docent and member of the Education Committee, the Portland Underground Graduate School (P.U.G.S.), and as an Education Department Lecturer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. They are self designed, presented, and researched. The proposed schedule and meeting places are as follows;

Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.
Portland Bridges: survey the design, construction, and history of the bridges of "Bridge City". Learn what historical forces led to the construction of the bridges, why they were built the way they are and where they are. Consider how they have shaped Portland's growth and continue to impact our urban environment. I presented Bridges in 2017 and 2018 with sold out attendance both times.
Meeting Place: Waterfront Park, Salmon St. Fountain.

Sunday, April 7, 2:00 p.m.
Gentrification By Design, South Portland: in the 1960's and 70's the historically Jewish and Italian 19th century neighborhood of South Portland was demolished for urban renewal projects designed on a vast scale. This walk explores what was lost and what was gained including the Lawrence Halprin "Portland Sequence" of fountains which culminates in the Keller Fountain. I presented this walk for the first time in 2018 with sold out attendance.
Meeting Place: NW corner of SW 1st and Arthur St.

Friday, April 12, 11:00 a.m.
Mid-century Modern and Minimalism in Portland: until the middle of the twentieth century Portland architecture was firmly within the mainstream of American design. That changed with the emergence of Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, and Skidmore, Owings and Meryl as Portland leapt to the forefront of international architectural design. This walk will survey this important and under appreciated aspect of our city. Feedback from last year's Design Week included many requests from attendees for more weekday programs. If accepted into the 2019 program I will be taking a day off from work to accommodate this request. This presentation was given for the first time in 2018.
Meeting Point: NE corner of SW 3rd and Oak

Friday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.
Portland Bridges, reprise: as Bridges has been my most popular presentation at Design Week two years in a row this year I decided to offer it twice.

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.
Designing Death, River View Cemetery: founded in 1882 and located at the west end of the Sellwood bridge, River View Cemetery is the premier 19th century "rural" or "garden cemetery " on the west coast and one of Portland's most beautiful green spaces. A veritable who's who of 19th century Portland resides there but the landscape architecture of rural cemeteries and their entire conception is, in my opinion, the earliest origional American art form and one of the least appreciated. The walk will examine these aspects of River View and its history. This will be a first time presentation for me at Design Week but I have led it many times in the past for other organizations and enjoy something of a special relationship with River View as their unofficial tour guide.
Meeting Point: River View Cemetery Office, 0300 SW Taylor's Ferry Rd.

Saturday, April 13 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Gentrification By Design, Albina: once primarily home to 19th European immigrant communities the then independent city of Albina transitioned into the heart of Portland's African American community especially after the VanPort Flood of 1948. Today it is the epicenter for citywide issues of gentrification, displacement, and development as well as home to some of the city's most innovative and controversial architectural designs. This walk will explore this rich and complicated history. I presented this walk for the first time in 2018.
Meeting Point: NW corner of N Williams and Russell St.

Thank you for your consideration.

  • Saturday, April 06

    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 06

    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Friday, April 12

    11:00 AM
  • Friday, April 12

    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 13

    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 13

    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Design Week participate: 2018, 2017. Docent, Architectural Heritage Center, P.U.G.S. Instructor, former lecturer Metropolitan Museum. BA, MA