Rethinking adaptive reuse; former hosiery now apartments; what will Portland look like?

Obsolete properties: Call it a comebackIf you haven’t heard, CCIM Institute predicts adaptive-reuse projects will make up a “greater percentage of investment activity than self-storage and other established noncore property types by 2023.” Old buildings, new livesDid we mention adaptive reuse? Forbes looks at projects that “breathe new life into dated or vacant buildings, bringing […]

Oregon endangered places; Towne Crier campaign reset; Portland’s most transformative buildings of 2018

Towne Crier campaign resetWe wrote about the Town Crier a couple month’s back and now it looks like they’ve reset their campaign into multiple phases. So, they’re re-launching the campaign under The Treasury, a community-based coffee shop within the Towne Crier building. From their NextSeed page: Highlighting and focusing on The Treasury in our NextSeed […]

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!

Multi-Use Walkway in Milwaukie; Restore Oregon; empty storefronts; Luxury Bread Building

The engineering design for the new Kronberg Park Multi-Use Walkway is nearly complete in downtown Milwaukie. The walkway will stretch from SE McLoughlin Blvd. to the Kellogg Creek Bike-Pedestrian Bridge in south downtown Milwaukie.  The bridge spans consist of two weathering steel beams with a concrete deck. Over time, the weathering steel produces a natural […]

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 […]