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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Win a Trip to Spain to See a Frank Gehry Designed Winery!


Win a four-day trip for two to the Marqués de Riscal winery and hotel in Rioja, and Madrid
The winner of this prize receives:
  • Round-trip flights for two from the U.S. to Madrid, Spain
  • Two-night accommodations at the Marqués de Riscal hotel, featuring:
    • A private wine tasting and winery tour
    • Treatments at onsite Spa Caudalie Vinotherapy, valued at $300
    • Breakfast daily, and a welcome dinner at the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant, valued at $500
  • Visit to the nearby town of Logroño for sightseeing and a tapas-and-wine pairing dinner
  • One-nights stay for two at a Madrid hotel

Truffle´s Center of Interpretation designed by Elena Mira Lillo



The truffle is the fruit of a fungus. It is the result of a process of symbiosis between soil, fungus, tree and sun. It can arise naturally or manipulated by infecting the root of the tree. Normally, it is found in calcareous soils, where there is a tiny rate of clays. This product was already employed in a culinary context B.C. This could be seen in vases, sculptures and paintings dated of that time, in which the truffle was considered as highly prized food. Nowadays, it is still the situation. Indeed, the French gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillant-Savarin has recently referred to the truffles as “the diamonds of the kitchen”.

The original idea of the project was the creation of a center for the collection of truffles. The collection of truffles is a very complex activity because it is a fruit located underground and for its collection it is required the use of trained animals. Each species has its truffle collection period, which is very brief. Furthermore, it matures in a very short period of time that is why it is a seasonal product. Certainly, this was a challenge in order to keep the center in continuous activity. However, this was solved by the use of two different types of truffle known as winter truffle (black truffle) and summer truffle (white truffle).
Additionally, there was another obstacle. The Final Project was required to exceed a minimum of 1.500m2 of surface. In order to comply with that requirement, one of the ideas was to extend the activity of the center and not to focus only on the collection of truffles but also in other products that can be derived from the truffle, as for instance, the truffle oil. Indeed, it was decided to focus on the latter for several reasons; first, Spain is traditionally one of the most important oil producers, second the truffle oil is considered as a highly prized product and finally, because of the combination of the oil and the truffle which results in an excellent product.

Nevertheless, by creating this new concept of the center, the undersigned realized that mostly of the people did not know about the origin, characteristics and properties, and the culinary possibilities of the truffle. With the aim to promote a better knowledge about this interesting product the center was evolved in a new one, the “Truffle´s Centre of Interpretation”, thus expanding even more the original concept of the center.

The project is inspired by traditional courtyards of “manchegas” houses. Using their style as a starting point, the building is able to adapt to the site topographically. Regarding to the volumetric, the program is redistributed around these gaps. The building incorporates three different activities. The formers are the interpretative center and the research center, which are located in the cubes, while the latter is the factory, which serves as a joint.

It is proposed not to limit the activity only to the inside of the building, but to also develop it outside. These activities are primary educational and interactive activities, for instance, collection of truffles (both in winter an summer), planting seeds (“plantones”) and routes depending on the species planted and environmental education, all of this using the property as a practical tool for teaching. Interestingly, theseoutdoors activities promote a dynamic interaction between the people who work there and the visitors.

The project respects the existing vegetation. In turn, it increases it by proposing new plantations. The selected species would be Quercus Ilex, Quercus Faginea and Colylus Avellana with the chosen varieties of truffles, Melansporum and Tuber Tuber Aestivium. Besides the selection of these species was based on the fact that they are very appropriate for the production of fungus and therefore, truffles, they have also been chosen due to their contribution to the landscape and the nature.

Project designed by Elena Mira Lillo













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