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Design Through the Lens of Biomimicry

The wisdom of nature and its delicate beauty has long influenced art and design. It changes with the seasons, adapts to sunlight, temperature and rain, and has done so for thousands of years. Nature adapts to the earth’s cyclical processes, and so can our buildings. Enter Biomimicry, the concept of consciously emulating nature’s genius by […]

Missed Our Discussion on Active Mobility? Stream It Here!

Covid-19 and social distancing requirements have changed how we engage outdoors, how we commute, travel and recreate — in many ways for the better! Earlier this month, we brought together a panel of active mobility experts in the Bay Area to help answer the question on many of our minds: How do we leverage this […]

VIDEO: Creating a New Riverfront Neighborhood in Eugene

My own involvement in Eugene’s waterfront redevelopment began down in the weeds over the summer in 2018. I first viewed the roughly dozen-acre plot that summer while biking around the city. When I stumbled upon the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) site by happenstance, I found just that – a rumple of cracked asphalt […]

Alpine Avenue Streetscape Receives ASLA Honor

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded McMinnville, Oregon’s new festival street top honors on Friday. The joint project by SERA and HDR received a Transportation award for transforming five city blocks along Alpine Avenue in 2018. Since 1885, Alpine Avenue has served as a semi-improved access road to the Historic […]

Catch us at Design Week Portland!

The 8th annual Design Week Portland is next week, and again this year you can find our thinkers and designers in the mix of fantastic exhibits, discussions, parties and open houses across town. We hope to see you at the following events, so register now, before they fill up. And don’t forget to tag us @seraarchitects! […]

Downtown revival in the ‘burbs?

We’re envisioning downtown Beaverton’s revival and putting pedestrians first. Today, when you ask the average Beaverton resident “Where is downtown?” you’ll sometimes get a puzzled look and a return question: “Beaverton has a downtown?” But this is changing fast, and yesterday’s city approval of a new Urban Design Framework Plan, developed by a team led […]

PARK(ing) Day: Reimagining car spaces as people spaces

I went to a lecture last week by Martha Schwartz, a world-renowned landscape architect who became famous for challenging the status quo by using purple aquarium gravel and shellacked bagels in the midst of a very formal, baroque garden setting. Also a Harvard professor, Schwartz discussed how her class at the Graduate School of Design […]

SCUP Honors OSU Cascades Plan

This week, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recognized our project, the Oregon State University Cascades Long Range Development Plan with the 2018 Honor Award of Excellence in Planning for a New Campus. The SCUP Excellence Awards program is a national “juried competition that showcases how using strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, […]

Anyone Can Design in Virtual Reality

In the Pixar movie Ratatouille, Chef Gusteau’s motto was “Anyone can cook.” Food critic Anton Ego initially viewed that sentiment with disdain but eventually came to the conclusion that “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” In the architectural world, there are a number of barriers preventing […]

RSVP for our #DWPDX Discussion on Resilience

The term ‘resilience’ is increasingly being used in architecture and urban planning to describe the durability, adaptability and flexibility of our built environment. With the increasing threat of volatile weather due to climate change, the high probability of a large-magnitude earthquake striking the region, and the slower moving but equally transformative effects of economic changes […]