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Help Us Design a Wonderful Waterfront

SERA Architects is opening its doors during Design Week Portland to ask the question, “What does a wonderful waterfront look like to you?” Like many Portlanders, we admire the Willamette – it’s the physical and emotional heart of Portland. And we feel lucky to have Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a strong model of urban walkability, […]

A Story of Regeneration

by | May 29, 2014 0 SERA General

SERA’s own Kyle Emery recently presented at the AIA Oregon Design Conference. In a refreshing departure from architectural rhetoric, Kyle shared a personal experience about finding value where you least expect it. Worthy of noting is that his story was presented “The Moth” style, i.e. without any devices or reading. Check out Kyle’s complete story […]

Celebrating Our Sustainable Action by Enhancing Livability

As the thermometer jumps around between the 50 and 90 degree range, the sky fluctuates between skin frying warmth and dress drenching deluges, our minds begin to transcend our daily experiences and think forward to the summer, planning out all of the expeditions we’ll undertake.  It’s at this time of year that SERA puts together […]

SERA Portland Postcard Project

by | January 16, 2014 0 SERA General

SERA’s Portland Postcard Project is an experiment in storytelling and placemaking, inspired by the Neighborhood Postcard Project. These postcards will help us understand what makes Portland, Portland. Fill a blank postcard with a drawing, photograph or simply your story. Be sure to check back here frequently, we will be posting a collection of our favorites. […]

Civic Ecology: A Citizen-Driven Framework for Suburban Communities

by | December 9, 2013 0 Innovations, Urban Design + Planning

This paper was presented by Tim Smith at the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference on June 26, 2013 at The Governor Hotel  in Portland, Oregon. Tim was also interviewed as part of this conference on Citizen Engagement via Civic Ecology. Reshaping suburbia suggests a shift toward mixed use, green buildings, complete streets, densification and […]

Love in Sustainable Design

I’ve been passionate about good design and inspiring places most of my life.  Over those years and the centuries before, styles and fads have come and gone, ideas about what good design is, and ways of building things have all shifted significantly.  Without delving too deeply into the reasons, it seems fairly safe to say […]

Civic Ecology: A Citizen-Driven Framework for Suburban Communities

by | July 18, 2013 2 Urban Design + Planning

Reshaping suburbia suggests a shift toward mixed use, green buildings, complete streets, densification and transit oriented development… in other words, greener, more efficient forms of suburban “hardware.” While these strategies may lead towards greater efficiency, transformative change will require deeper intervention beyond re-forming and efficiency. Suburban areas must be re-imagined as whole communities animated by […]