Thursday, October 7, 2010

In the News

AIA-Southwestern Oregon executive director Don Kahle prepared a press release to publicize the upcoming 2010 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference, October 13-16 in Eugene. That’s right – the conference is only a few days away!

We’re expecting 250 registrants, exceeding our initial projections. An Emerald Vision is shaping up to be a remarkable event. I’m proud to be associated with the conference steering committee, a tireless and enterprising group that has done an amazing job. If you haven’t already made your plans to join us, it’s not too late yet. Register today at

Come back to SW Oregon Architect after the 2010 Region Conference. I’ll write a post or two about the conference for those of you who unfortunately won't be with us in Eugene next week.

Here’s Don's press release:


A 3-Day Conference with Keynote Speakers & Keynote Listeners

Do you know your “walkscore”? It’s a number assigned to your address that measures how easy it is to walk for a cup of coffee, a loaf of bread, a rented video, or whatever else you may need in a day.

On October 14, hundreds of architects from across the Northwest will gather in Eugene to compare their walkscores. They won’t have a choice — their score will be published on their conference name badge. That’s just one of many conversations the organizers hope to provoke among the registrants coming to Eugene from across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Dozens of speakers and topics were chosen for their expertise in genius loci, the power of design, or their visions for the future of the built environment. The focus on the future is helped by their plans to spend most of Saturday, Oct. 16 on campus at the University of Oregon, where the architecture department was recently named one of the best programs in the country for sustainable architecture.

As a place known for education, the conference offers a careful balance of activities to accommodate a variety of learning styles. In addition to lectures, there will be roundtable discussions, as well as a variety of tours of notable nearby architecture. The shorthand to describe these alternatives is “Talks, Tours, and Tables.”

Roundtable and panel discussions each will feature an appointed First Questioner, designed after the successful format pioneered by the City Club of Eugene. But this conference will take that concept even one step further. In addition to five Keynote Speakers (Alan Durning, Shelley Poticha, David Lake, Julie Eizenburg, and Donlyn Lyndon), the conference has appointed four Keynote Listeners (John Reynolds, Jonathan Stafford, Thom Mayne, and Ed Feiner.)

Two of those Listeners (Mayne and Feiner) worked together on the Wayne L. Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene, dedicated in 2006. Federal Judge Michael Hogan has invited both back to Eugene for this event. Feiner also has been a key adviser to Oregon Excellence, a state-wide program to nurture and reward architectural excellence, modeled after GSA’s successful program.

The public is invited to attend several events on Friday, October 15.

Shelley Poticha will join Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Corvallis City Councilor Dan Brown for a special collaboration with the City Club of Eugene and the Corvallis City Club. Their topic will be “Place-Making and Parochialism: A Conundrum for Mid-Sized Communities.” But this place-making conversation will take place in a special place. Attendees will be served lunch on the stage of the Hult Center’s Silva Concert Hall. (11:50 a.m., $20 for lunch. Gallery seating is available for $5, or free for City Club members.)

Friday evening at 5:30, Alan Durning, executive director of the Sightline Institute in Seattle, will be giving a free lecture in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater entitled “Living on the Edge: How the Northwest is Making the New Normal.” Durning has written several books, including How Much Is Enough? , This Place on Earth, and several others. He was the keynote speaker in 2003 at daVinci Days in Corvallis.

Several other public events are planned for that Friday, which is being touted as “One Well-Designed Day”:

11:50 a.m. “Place-Making & Parochialism: A Conundrum for Mid-Sized Communities” - City Club of Eugene, together with the Corvallis City Club. Lunch will be served on the stage of the Hult Center’s Silva Concert Hall. Lunch $20, gallery seating $5 (free for City Club members)

2:00 p.m. “Giussepe Vasi’s Rome: Lasting Impressions of the Grand Tour” - Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon campus.

3:00 p.m. “Ellis Lawrence’s Campus Plan, the Oregon Experiment, and the Architectural Heritage of the University of Oregon (Plus Its Future)” - A walking tour of the UO campus with an eye for its planning and its plans. Meet at west entrance of Deady Hall, just south of the Robinson Theater. FREE

4:00 p.m. “Eugene City: A Visual Retrospective” - Do you wonder whether Eugene has changed? Compare archival photographs with current ones to see a shifting streetscape, with Rowell Brokaw Architects. Opus VII, 22 W. 7th Ave. FREE

5:30 p.m. “Living on the Edge: How the Northwest is Making the New Normal” - Alan Durning from Sightline Institute in Seattle tracks the progress of seven northwest cities (including Eugene) for environmentalism and community-building. Hult Center’s Soreng Theater. FREE

7:30 p.m. “A Bright Future: Inn at 5th Street” - Q&A with the project’s majority owner & his chief architect, Brian Obie & John Lawless. 5th Street Public Market food court. Dinner is available, but the session is FREE

9:00 p.m. “10Square, presented by Design|Spring” - Ten rapid-fire visual presentations by ten young design professionals. Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave. Pizza and beer available, but admission is FREE

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