EPISODE Eight: In defense (kind of) of the suburbs: An interview with writer Amanda Kolson Hurley

LISTEN HERE and SUBSCRIBE HERE. For many, the suburbs are an easy target. For good reason. Many of the homes are ugly and out of scale. They promote sprawl and auto dependence thereby increasing obesity. They use tons of energy and are a huge drain on a city’s infrastructure. They wipe out farmland. And to … More EPISODE Eight: In defense (kind of) of the suburbs: An interview with writer Amanda Kolson Hurley

Between episodes: Illuminating ‘ghost signs’ with glorious light

Last February we attended the premiere Portland Winter Light Festival at OMSI. The outdoor celebration promised to illuminate “Portland’s waterfront through contemporary light-based art installations, engaging performance, and fun activities for all ages.”  We thought it’d be a mellow affair. Ya know, stroll around and look at some light installations. Not quite. It was packed. … More Between episodes: Illuminating ‘ghost signs’ with glorious light

Between episodes: Help design the Post-Fossil City

  Cool alert. The Urban Futures Studio is presenting the Post-Fossil City Contest. They’re calling on artists, designers, architects, urbanists, authors, photographers, filmmakers and all-around creative thinkers to imagine a city that is no longer reliant on fossil fuels. Proposals in any shape or form are welcome: from illustrations, 3D models and essays to videos, products … More Between episodes: Help design the Post-Fossil City

Episode Seven: The Fair-Haired Dumbbell (an interview with Kevin Cavenaugh)

LISTEN HERE or HERE and SUBSCRIBE HERE. I first learned about developer Kevin Cavenaugh’s work years ago when I was managing editor of a building trade magazine that focused on development, building techniques, and exciting topics like cemeticious siding and decking materials. (Kidding aside, I loved every minute of it.) His Box + One project was – … More Episode Seven: The Fair-Haired Dumbbell (an interview with Kevin Cavenaugh)

Between episodes: Three architecture-focused resolutions for 2017

There are three things I pledge to do in 2017. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon Tour Alvar Aalto’s Mount Angel Abbey Library nearby. Write more content for the site. It’s astonishing that these two architects have two projects so close together – both under an hour away from Portland and each minutes … More Between episodes: Three architecture-focused resolutions for 2017

Between episodes: Five ways the new multi-use path in Milwaukie, Ore., will be a game-changer

The SE 17th Avenue Multi-Use Path project is open. Kind of. ODOT still needs to sign off on it but it’s cleaned up and people are already using it. Like me. The funding for the project was largely from Metro, while ODOT did the project management on behalf of the city of Milwaukie. After a … More Between episodes: Five ways the new multi-use path in Milwaukie, Ore., will be a game-changer

Episode four: Randy Simes, Urban Cincy

LISTEN HERE. For more than a year I’ve been obsessed with Cincinnati, Ohio. While doing research on old churches being retrofitted as brewpubs, I stumbled across Taft’s Ale House in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. From there, I went deep. The architecture. The flight to the suburbs. The abandonment. The subway that was built in … More Episode four: Randy Simes, Urban Cincy

Episode three: Architecture, blogging and old buildings

I’m excited to interview Brian Libby, a journalist and critic living in Portland, Oregon. Among the magazines and newspapers he has contributed to include The New York Times, Dwell, CityLab, Metropolis, and Architectural Record. Brian is also a book author, filmmaker, and runs the popular Portland Architecture. In the episode that admittedly runs a bit Portland-centric, … More Episode three: Architecture, blogging and old buildings