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Why Homeownership Still Makes Sense (I think…)

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

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 […]

Bringing It Home – by Harriett Jameson

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 […]

“Rebranding Bikes and Buses” – A Portland Perspective

   Hot off the press over at Fast Company Design is an article by the Danish design group, Skibsted Ideation, titled, “How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses.” To set the stage for their perspective, the authors review the recent lackluster launch of the Tata Nano in India. In concept, […]

Hawthorne’s Lasting Impression – by Alexis Garcia

To kick-off 2012, the Urban Design + Planning studio here at SERA hosted two out-of-state interns who were interested in getting a glimpse into Portland’s urban culture. As part of their time with us, each intern was asked to contribute a blog post as a reflection on their time spent in Rose City. Alexis Garcia, […]

Recapping the 2011 EcoDistricts Summit

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

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

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

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 […]