Category : built projects

Put a Tree on it

Feature photo by Solterra Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed watching the construction of Solterra’s new building on the corner of SE 9th & Division. As the project nears completion, some unique features are coming into focus. The south facade hosts a giant mural by UK Artist Finbarr Dac. He’s painted similar compositions all […]

Morrison Bridge Update
Posted by on August 17, 2017
Posted in: built projects, construction, events, legal, transportation

Last night I walked down two flights of stairs into “the pit” of the Morrison Bridge. As part of a tour organized by WTS Portland, I got to see the current state of construction first hand, including the counterweight mechanism below the bridge. It’s not the first time I’ve been “down below”. Back in 2014, […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]

FoodCorps Fabrication
Posted by on April 6, 2017
Posted in: built projects

In the old tile building on 7th and Salmon, several companies have reclaimed the light-filled office spaces. FoodCorps, a national nonprofit whose headquarters are based in Portland, can be found behind the larger window-clad facade. Their interior layout is based on their educational mission: the idea of a classroom with a large common area surrounded by several […]

Better Naito
Posted by on May 10, 2016
Posted in: built projects, creative community, events, inspiration, safety, transportation

Last summer, our own Yelena Prusakova was part of a core group of Better Block PDX volunteers that helped pilot a new traffic pattern on Portland’s Naito Parkway. (Read Mo’ Betta Block for a recap) This Summer, #BetterNaito is back, and Yelena has just released a fantastic video that documents the process of transforming the street […]

Lilypad Tiny House
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, built projects, construction, projects

The tiny house movement is, in fact, not so tiny, with millions of people either living in less than 400 sf or actively dreaming about doing so. Besides being adorable, what are the benefits of a tiny house? A tiny house allows you to live more simply, cheaply and have a lower environmental impact. There […]

Le Pont d'Avignon
Posted by on July 30, 2015
Posted in: animation, built projects, inspiration

I just returned from a relaxing vacation in Southern France, near Avignon. You may have heard of this place because of an old bridge which is notable for (1) only spanning half of the river, and (2) being the subject of a children’s song. I had never given much thought to why the bridge only goes halfway across. […]

Sellwood Bridge
Posted by on July 14, 2015
Posted in: built projects, geomodeling, transportation

For my first assignment as an intern at Fat Pencil Studio I was tasked with building a model of the new Sellwood Bridge, currently sitting about 75% completed. Documentation was limited to one invaluable elevation drawing, a west side interchange diagram, a couple of renderings of the designer’s own model, and a variety of photographs […]

Orange Line
Posted by on July 10, 2015
Posted in: built projects, transportation

After many months of anticipation, I finally had an opportunity to ride a TriMet MAX Train over the new Tilikum Crossing. This special preview ride from downtown Portland to Milwaukie and back was organized by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). Full train service begins on September 12, 2015. I was really looking forward to the view from the […]

Tilikum Details
Posted by on May 8, 2015
Posted in: architecture, built projects, inspiration, transportation

Put two engineers and an architect together on a panel and you’ve got my attention. Get them talking about Portland’s newest bridge and I’m there! Last night’s lecture was titled The Spirit of Details and featured Tilikum Crossing architect David MacDonald along with engineers Semyon Treyger and David Goodyear. The event had something for everyone: from a […]