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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 […]

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 […]

Breakfast of Champions

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 […]

What We’re Reading – August 2011

In the midst of the daily madness here at SERA, a number of interesting reads have been passed around the Urban Design + Planning Studio. Here are a few we thought you might like to dig into as well. + Denmark’s Road Map for Fossil Fuel Independence | Solutions Journal Responding to massively complex issues […]

Can Skyscrapers Save the City?

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser’s new book Triumph of the City provides interesting observations and insights into the workings of cities, but the book’s most notable (and controversial) argument is that regulatory constraints limiting building height and preserving historic districts have crippled cities in terms of their ability to provide affordable housing. An entire chapter of the […]

Tim Smith talks Civic Ecology at TEDx

Tim Smith, Principal and Director of Urban Design + Planning at SERA, was honored to speak at the recent TEDx event held at Portland’s Concordia University. Click below to view his presentation. In the ever-important (yet increasingly cluttered!) conversation about “sustainability,” what are the key innovations that are showing us the way forward? Are more […]