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Architecture is Awesome #26: Details

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This is another in my series of posts inspired by 1000 Awesome Things , the Webby Award-winning blog written by Neil Pasricha. The series is my meditation on the awesome reasons why I was and continue to be attracted to the art of architecture.

Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet: K

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The Kennell Ellis Building (my photo) This is the next in my Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet series of blog posts, the focus of each being a landmark building here in Eugene. Many of these will be familiar to most who live here but there are likely to be a few buildings that are less so.


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2022 People’s Choice Award Winners

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Mountain Rose Herbs Aroma Bar by Agate Architecture, one of the 2022 People's Choice Award recipients.

Architecture is Awesome #25: Vernacular Architecture

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Mugsum mud hut, Cameroon (file licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license). This is another in my series of posts inspired by 1000 Awesome Things , the Webby Award winning blog written by Neil Pasricha.

The Ultimate Free Guide to Construction Project Management Software

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Downtown Eugene: Brainstorming Solutions

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Screenshot from the October 25, 2022 Downtown Priorities and Projects brainstorm session. At the invitation of the City of Eugene, I participated last month in a group conversation intended to brainstorm solutions to some of downtown Eugene’s most vexing challenges.

2023 CSI Certification Classes

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For the 41st consecutive year, the Construction Specifications Institute–Willamette Valley Chapter (CSI-WVC) is pleased to offer a series of classes on Construction Contract Documents in addition to another set covering Construction Contract Administration.

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal Art

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The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal Art (all photos by me) Once again, I’m visiting family in Vancouver while also reacquainting myself with the city I was born and raised in.

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Critical Mass

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Top: Eugene (photo by the City of Eugene); Bottom: Paris (photo by Yann Caradec from Paris, France - La Tour Eiffel vue de la Tour Saint-Jacques, CC BY-SA 2.0, [link] ) Sunday’s edition of The Register-Guard features the latest column by Don Kahle.

Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet: L

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The Lane Building, east facade (my photo) This is the next in my Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet series of blog posts, the focus of each being a landmark building here in Eugene. Many of these will be familiar to most who live here but there are likely to be a few buildings that are less so. My selection criteria for each will be threefold: The building must be of architectural interest, local importance, or historically significant. The building must be extant so you or I can visit it in person.

Sustainable Architecture: Design Green with the Client in Mind

Speaker: Pedro Clarke – Principal Architect at A+ Architecture, In Loco Program Director

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Downtown Riverfront Plaza Update

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Downtown Riverfront Plaza rendering by Walker Macy (stripes and stones concept) Now that the new Downtown Riverfront Park is open, the City of Eugene (COE) is asking the community for its assistance in designing the central plaza, which will be the park’s next phase of development.

Text-to-Image, AI-Generated Art

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Rendering of a mixed-use building in the Eugene Downtown Riverfront development (image generated by Midjourney).

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Mother’s House

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Robert Venturi (1925-2018) was one of the architects who greatly influenced my understanding of architecture. As I wrote back in 2018 , he was most noteworthy for challenging the orthodoxy of Modernism and reawaking our perception of what architecture was, is, and can be.

Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago

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Limestone wall plaque outside the Wright Studio (all photos by me). Chicago was a “bucket list” destination for me, one that did not disappoint.

Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

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Market Day

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Inside the Lane County Farmers Market Pavilion, opening day June 4, 2022 (all photos are mine).

Commonsense Architecture

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SELCO Community Credit Union’s North Redmond branch, by Robertson/Sherwood/Architects pc (image by Steve Smith Photography) One of the more visually striking buildings in Vancouver, B.C. is Vancouver House , designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

An Architect’s Father

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A very young me with Dad. My father— Shiro Nishimura —passed away on Wednesday at the age of 94. He died peacefully, in his sleep, following years of ailing health.

Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town

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Spectacular aerial view of Chicago by Jake Davis @inairshare_designer. Jake is a principal and Public Safety Design Leader with DLR Group. The annual AIA Conference on Architecture takes place this coming week in Chicago, and I will be there. I have never been to Chicago before.

Listening is Not Imitating

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The tower as shifting boxes trope. Duo Dickinson , FAIA, is a prolific writer as well as an accomplished architect. He not only writes about architecture but also reflects regularly on his life, his faith, and teaching.

Writing about Writing is like Learning About Architecture

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Photo by Luke Lung on Unsplash An aspect of Bill Kleinsasser ’s teachings I found most instructive was his frequent reference to the work of authors and the parallels of their writing process to architectural design.

An Unfolding Cultural Catastrophe

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Damage to buildings in Chernigiv, Ukraine (photo by Mvs.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons) Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is the largest military attack in Europe since World War II.

Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet: J

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Main entry porch, Johnson Hall (photos by me unless noted otherwise) This is the next in my Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet series of blog posts, the focus of each being a landmark building here in Eugene.

Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet: I

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Ida H. and Frank L. Chambers House (my photo) This is the next in my Eugene/Architecture/Alphabet series of blog posts, the focus of each being a landmark building here in Eugene. Many of these will be familiar to most who live here but there are likely to be a few buildings that are less so.

Corvallis Museum In-Person Tour

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After two years absent of the opportunity to visit noteworthy local building projects, AIA Oregon and/or the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute have offered several tours this year in rapid succession.

Carl Sandburg’s Chicago

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The poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) loved and defended Chicago, his adopted home. Sandburg described his poem Chicago as a chant of defiance, a praise of agriculture, industry, and the railroads for which Chicago was an important hub, during a time when the city was the nation’s industrial capital.

Innocence Lost

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(Photo credit: VOA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons) The terrifying familiarity this past week of yet another mass shooting at a school—this time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24—shocked the nation.

The Downtown Riverfront Park is Open!

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View looking west from the river overlook at the east terminus of 5th Avenue (all photos are by me). The City of Eugene celebrated the grand opening of the new Downtown Riverfront Park this weekend.

Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza Tour

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Interior of the Farmers Market Pavilion (all photos by me). Another week, another well-attended tour of a noteworthy project in Eugene.

Special Parts

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Saloon windows, Fonthill Castle; design by Henry Chapman Mercer (photo from the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle website ). Fonthill has over two hundred windows of varying sizes.

Stepping in It

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As I suspect many other homeowners residing in one of Eugene’s R-1 low-density neighborhoods did, my wife and I received a mailer from Housing-Facts.org this past week beseeching us to learn more about the City of Eugene’s pending Middle Housing code amendments.

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The World’s Finest Theater for Track & Field

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I joined a group of fellow AIA Oregon members last week for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the “renovated” Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. It was my first opportunity to see it from within.

Active Design

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The Shipyards, North Vancouver's mixed-use waterfront neighborhood (my photo). I just returned to Eugene following an extended visit to Vancouver, B.C.

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The Worrying Absence of Housing Choice

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I worry about a lot of things. Unfortunately, there is little I can do about many of them. For example, there is not much I can contribute toward ending the war in Ukraine, not to mention all the other regional conflicts around the world.

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2022 Projects in the Pipeline

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If the 2022 Projects in the Pipeline program was any indication, the breadth and volume of projects we can look forward to seeing take shape in here in Lane County over the next few years is impressive.

College Hill 607

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College Hill 607 reservoir, Lincoln Street side (my photo) A guest column in The Register-Guard this past week by local writer Bob Warren reminded me of the imminent decommissioning and replacement of EWEB’s water storage tank atop College Hill in Eugene.