Insights

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 […]

‘Urbanized’ – To Be Human in the 21st Century

by | October 4, 2011 0 Urban Design + Planning

How would one go about describing the range of issues surrounding our world’s cities? Where would one even begin to portray the urbanization of our globe and the people influencing this aspect of civilization? Filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s most recent documentary, ‘Urbanized,’ rises as the new standard in these efforts. A few of us from SERA […]

What We’re Reading – September 2011

by | September 28, 2011 0 Urban Design + Planning

September brought a wide range of topics to our attention. We hope you enjoy these highlights… + Architecture Going Well Beyond Biomimicry | The Architects Newspaper Biomimicry and biophilic concepts are becoming central to how we approach many of our design challenges at SERA. While biomimicry and biophilia are admittedly esoteric terms, the concepts are […]

Breakfast of Champions

by | September 21, 2011 1 Ideas

7:03 AM. Dawson Park. Jeff Hosea and I cut across the dewy grass on our bikes to a small white tent set up on the northwest corner of the park. There stands an apron-clad Jacob Lupton, spatula in hand, gently coaxing whipped eggs into the maw of a heavily buttered cast iron pan. Red and […]