At a large common table at a fave coffee shop early last year, I spied a man alternating between working intensely on his computer, and furiously sketching on a pair of canvas Vans. (Okay, spied is a bit dramatic, he was sitting right across from me!) Honestly, I was mesmerized by his drawings… their color, abstraction and dimension. His focus. His switching between computer work and sketching. I was desperately trying to figure out how to surreptitiously take a photo of the whole thing… but I’m not so good at that. (I always forget the sound is on when I try to take a secret picture… busted!) [Read more…] about Cool Freaking Shoes, Publishing, & Third Places
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I find it fascinating that in response to an article about economic development, a male planner felt entirely comfortable telling me that the only thing of value about me is how developed my breasts and vagina are. In fact, he seemed downright proud about that observation, so much so that he signed his email to me with his company logo, telephone number and web address. What precipitated this completely unprofessional sexist email outrage that I quoted exactly in the headline? [Read more…] about The only feminist development I’d like to see is on your chest and between your legs…
My election day began with a meeting of a group I was recently asked to join, the NE STEM/STEAM coalition in Portland, Oregon. The group’s mission (I paraphrase) is to help students from communities of color gain access to careers and education in science, technology, and the arts. [Read more…] about On Nov 8th Morn…I Experienced Everything Great about America
Who knew that competition was so fierce and cutthroat in the world of architectural boat tours in Chicago? According to our guide, who was a docent volunteer on the official Chicago Architectural Foundation tour, CAF has turned their river meanderings into one of the top visitor draws in the city, which, of course, has spawned a lot of copycats. Damn tour counterfeiters. [Read more…] about My What a Quaint Bridge Tender House You Have Chicago
Earlier this week, I paid a visit to an intriguing place called Hot Lake Springs, which is located in what felt like the middle of nowhere in eastern Oregon. Back in the day, Hot Lake Springs billed itself as the “Arkansas of the West” — after Hot Springs, Arkansas. (The site in its full glory is pictured to the left.) [Read more…] about Hot Lake Springs…The Arkansas of Oregon?
This past year has been a year of emergent democracy, one that has gathered in public spaces working to rally, petition and attempt to define one’s own system of government to express frustration and disappointment. Master builders formed these public institutional spaces through designing their institutional buildings, but that common space has become a symbol for protesters around the world. [Read more…] about The Critical Role of Public Space in The Year of the Protestor
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqB_sl3xnmM[/youtube]A very good friend of mine, Mark Wilcken, from Arkansas Educational Television Network produced a wonderful documentary on mid 20th-century architecture around the state of Arkansas.
The works of renowned artist Mark Rothko will be exhibited at the Portland Art Museum starting Feb. 18. [Read more…] about Works of Mark Rothko to be Exhibited at Portland Art Museum
Portland Open Studios kicked off this weekend. The annual event, which continues today, and runs again Oct. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. allows the public to visit with 100 artists in their studios. [Read more…] about Portland Artists Open Studios to Public