September 21, 2013

Portland Design Festival 2013


Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

The Portland Center for Architecture (CFA) has announced the 2013 Portland Design Festival (PDF), to take place city-wide October 3-18. The festival brings expression to a full complement of design disciplines, from graphic design and film to architecture and urban planning. Formerly the Portland Architecture + Design Festival, PDF reflects the collaborative nature of the city’s contemporary design culture. “It’s about establishing Portland as a world design capital,” said Brian Cavanaugh AIA, festival co-chair and principal of Architecture Building Culture.

“The Pacific Northwest has become an international exponent of open-source collaboration,” said Amy Sabin, Assistant Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Portland. And PDF celebrates this ethos with two weeks of dynamic events, fostering public discourse and awareness around the role of design in our daily lives. The programming embraces the larger public, with parties, forums, film series, exhibits and walking tours. “Portland is to design as Austin is to music,” said Daniel Kaven, festival co-chair and principal of William Kaven Architecture. Below is a cross-section of events:

Opening Night Party: The Portland Design Festival kicks off during First Thursday, Portland’s city-wide gallery walk. Located in the heart of the Pearl District, the event is open to all and will feature food, drink, signature cocktails and entertainment by Dig-A-Pony, Sweet Hereafter, and Bye and Bye—three local establishments with a focus on design that are quintessentially Portland.

Exhibit Opening: Perspective—The Moment Through a Lens: The first annual Center For Architecture photography exhibition will feature the work of local photographers Laurie Black, Richard Lishner, Sally Painter, David Papazian and Josh Partee. Design appreciation relies on our powers of observation; this exhibit in the CFA gallery is the first of an annual Design Festival series, asking photographers to help us see the world more clearly by capturing the unique visual qualities of places, objects and moments. “These photographers’ work demonstrates the rewards of paying careful attention to our visual world—of consciously focusing on what we see at each moment,” said John Blumthal, FAIA, of CFA Portland.

Branded: A brand is a term, mark or tool of identification, and the creative development of Portland’s creative trailblazers has gained admiration nationally and beyond. This panel discussion features Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, Matt Lounsbury of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Vince Porter of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.

Foundations in Type: Typography, the art of making language visible, has been central to the design trade since Gutenberg. But too many designers working today lack a formal education in typography. In this 90-minute workshop—with Barbara Scott of Scott Group and Final Eyes—we’ll revisit the foundations, to help designers work with greater purpose, clarity and elegance.

Film Series: Four Films. Forty-four Hashtags: Screening of Pool Party by Beth Aala, From Nothing Something by Tim Cawley, Pomerol Herzog & de Meuron by Ila Beka & Louis Lemoine, and Kochuu: Japanese Architecture, Influence and Origin by Jesper Wachtmeister. #abandoned #pool #party #williamsburg #newyork #mccarrenpool #gentrification #commercialization #music #venue #summer #creativeprocess #hollywood #neuroses #methods #talent #ideas #mariabamford #mealtime #grapepickers #vineyard #waysoflooking #representation #heritage #vitality #fragility #beauty #intimacy #contemporary #japanese #architecture #zen #inthejar #modernity #influence #origin #culture #aesthetics #philosophy #nordic #tradition #spiritual #invisible #simplicity #pdffilms.

Street Seats Design Competition: Designers across disciplines and regions will participate in this juried design competition, sponsored by The Center for Architecture and the City of Portland Department of Transportation, to convert a curbside parking space into a pop-up living room—offering a place to gather for festival events, while pushing the boundaries of placemaking for the urban environment.

Closing Night Party: Join us at Leftbank Annex for Portland’s “festival season” after-party. This design bash will feature work from designers and artisans representing Portland’s eclectic neighborhoods through music, libations, innovative fashion and interior design. “Portland is an emblem of the sort of open-source approach that’s remapping the design landscape,” said Saundra Stevens, Executive Vice President of AIA Portland. “AIA is honored to support such an expansive vision for the future of design, both stateside and abroad.”

The 2013 Portland Design Festival is presented by The Center for Architecture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in concert with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Portland and other partners in the public, private, and philanthropic space. This year’s festival runs October 3-18. Visit http://www.PortlandDesignFestival.org for more information.

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