Portland Architectural Forensics and Design (October 2017)

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Portland Architectural Forensics and Design (October 2017)

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Portland Architectural Forensics and Design is a series of four walking tour seminars designed to impart observational skills that will educate you on the city's architectural development and urban growth from the period of its founding right up to the present moment.

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Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 || 10:00-11:30am, rain or shine!
Location changes each week
$119 || Space limited to 25 students

Portland Architectural Forensics and Design is a series of four walking tour seminars designed to impart observational skills that will educating you on the city's architectural development and urban growth from the period of its founding right up to the present moment.

Buildings and monuments are vestiges of the past that give us insight into the lives, priorities and economic life of previous Portlanders and ourselves. Class discussions will range from classic Portland buildings styles to the latest trends in contemporary architecture, economic sustainability,  and gentrification.

Week 1: DOWNTOWN: LOG CABINS TO ROMANESQUE REVIVAL
Meets in Waterfront Park, at the intersection of SW Naito Pkwy. & SW Pine St.
We will explore the foundation of Portland before 1900 by discussing the architectural styles, commercial developments and personalities who transformed Portland from a frontier settlement into the largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

Week 2: URBAN RENEWAL TO GENTRIFICATION
Meets at Memorial Colosseum SE corner of N. Broadway and N. Interstate Ave.
Until 1891 East Portland and Albina were autonomous east side cities, independent from Portland. Our walk along Williams Ave. and Russell St. will explore the rich cultural, architectural and commercial history of a neighborhood which is now ground zero for the gentrification controversy.

Week 3: DOWNTOWN, 20th CENTURY
Meets in Waterfront Park, at the intersection of SW Naito Pkwy. & SW Washington St.
How did a "White City" of classically-inspired, glazed terra cotta transition into Modernism, Post Modernism and contemporary design? We'll discuss Belluschi, Graves and Skidmore, Owings and Meryl and and their efforts to put Portland at the vanguard of American architecture.

Week 4: GREENER PASTURES, RIVER VIEW CEMETERY
Meets at River View Cemetery, 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd.
A walk through the west coast's premiere rural cemetery (and the city's greatest hidden green space) provides the perfect opportunity to synthesize history, nature, philosophy and urban planning in Portland.


What previous students have to say about John and his courses:

"John Doyle's knowledge of the architecture of Portland is very impressive and his ability to make it interesting and accessible is excellent. I really enjoyed walking around with our class and interacting with John and my classmates. Being able to get up close and personal to the various sites made it much more rewarding than an in-class presentation could have been."

"John's depth of knowledge and passion for the subject matter is infectious!"

"John has a nice way of including everyone in the conversation so that even those who said they had no prior art history experience contributed interesting insights. That's a gift."

"John's course was a really fun, invigorating, but low pressure way to learn and meet peers."


John Doyle has an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University and is a former Education Department lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. One of our most popular instructors, he teaches PUGS art history and Portland architecture.