Insights

Why Homeownership Still Makes Sense (I think…)

by | April 24, 2012 3 Urban Design + Planning

A few months ago I read with great personal interest an article by Emily Badger for the Atlantic Cities in which she contemplates the notion of the end of the era of homeownership and the rise of the “middle class forever renter.” Behind this purported trend are an increasing number of potential homebuyers (at least […]

Photo Essay: A Century of Pedestrianism

by | April 13, 2012 2 Urban Design + Planning

Great cities are made up of great neighborhoods, and in Portland the best neighborhoods are those that are the most walkable. Sellwood, where (full disclosure) a few SERA employees reside, is one such neighborhood – a rational grid of Craftsman homes, great parks, a library, an historic outdoor pool, and a Main Street stocked with […]

Metropolis: Innovation for Hire

by | March 22, 2012 0 News + Announcements

Disappointment has become an everyday feeling since 2008 for those of us in the design and construction fields, as we saw too many of our pet projects dematerialize. But the loss is especially painful when a project has more potential for innovation than others. For me, the recent decision of the Oregon State Legislature not […]

Bringing It Home – by Harriett Jameson

by | March 8, 2012 0 Urban Design + Planning

To kick-off 2012, the Urban Design + Planning studio here at SERA hosted two interns who were interested in getting a glimpse into the Portland culture. As part of their time with us, each intern was tasked with writing a blog post as a reflection on their time in Rose City. Harriett Jameson, a graduate […]

Oregonian: New $20 million Central City Concern building opens in Old Town

by | December 15, 2011 0 News + Announcements

After 13 months of construction, Central City Concern opened a $20 million building this week to serve homeless and impoverished people with mental health issues. Called The Old Town Recovery Center, the building is at Northwest Broadway and West Burnside Street and will replace Central City Concern’s 12th Avenue Recovery Center. It updates and expands […]

Recapping the 2011 EcoDistricts Summit

by | November 10, 2011 3 Ideas

The 2011 EcoDistricts Summit was a solid success with many new ideas shared and relationships formed. In addition to SERA’s involvement in four of the panel presentations [see below], a number of SERA staff members attended the summit to take in the latest in EcoDistrict thinking. SERA Project Designer Riggs Skepnek produced many of the visualizations & […]

2011 EcoDistricts Summit

by | October 20, 2011 0 Sustainability

Fall is upon us in Portland, and next week brings the highly anticipated EcoDistricts Summit. There are many fantastic speakers and presentations this year, and below you will find the events involving various SERA personalities. Come say “Hi” if you plan to attend, and spread the word…   Wednesday, October 26th 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 […]