Check out the new blog

  Hello! Some updates! The Built Blocks website is on hiatus while I focus more on the Portland area and development, real estate and (as always) adaptive reuse and preservation.  Check it out at Small-Scale City. See ya there!

Between episodes: Beer meets local sustainable architecture

Does it ever. RISE & WIN Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store located in Japan was designed and built from scrap materials. Their approach to architectural design was accomplished by using local materials like doors, windows and furniture dumped in the rubbish collection station and using returnable bottles that can be used again. For their […]

Between episodes: A library I’d kill for

If you were to ask me what my dream library would look like, it’d look very close to Studio North’s Library Shaft. Located in a converted warehouse in downtown Calgary, the library is in a former unused space that was once part of the building’s industrial elevator shaft. At 100 square feet, this small space […]

Between episodes: Beer-fueled, crowd-sourced city retrofits

Yeah, I say “neat” a lot. But this project from Heineken is well, neat. It’s always interesting to see brands taking on altruistic social campaigns. The latest is Heineken’s Cities Project  that aims to help restore 10 sites in cities across the U.S. Now in its fifth year, there’s actually been some progress made (it’s more […]

Between episodes: A tree(s) grow in Portland

In case you missed it, I interviewed Kevin Cavenaugh from Guerrilla Development a couple months ago about his almost-completed Fair-Hair Dumbbell project. With that behind him, he’s been a busy guy. The proof? His newest development in Portland, Tree Farm, might even be more stunning. At least the renderings are. From the website: The design of […]