A selection of festival events related to architecture and urban design. Programs cover the past, present, and future of our built environment and run the gamut from heritage to sustainability to technology.


Event: Building an ADU from Idea to Occupancy


Kick off the festival on Sunday with a walking tour in Portland to learn about the city's bridges, or take a hike through the restored Sandy River Delta to discuss using design as a means to greater ecological awareness. To get a peek at an initiative helping address Portland’s housing crisis, attend the Kenton Women's Village 2.0 open house, which follows the construction of 21 new pods in the transitional housing community.

April 7, 2019 / 10:00am12:00pm/ Festival Event


Participate in the discussion about Portland's current housing building boom in Monday's workshop, and in the evening enjoy a series of lightning talks about the role of designers as creative agents for change.


Event: Placemaking for a Circular Economy


On Tuesday evening, hear from a panel about live/work/play/shop ecosystems at EYELEVEL, or join Lease Crutcher Lewis at the The Oregon Zoo for insights into the design and construction of the Polar Passage, Primate Forest, and Rhino Habitat.


On Wednesday, join the University of Oregon's Institute for Health in the Built Environment for a talk and tour. In the evening, a moderated panel discussion will take a hard look at the current successes and deficits of downtown's public squares, and invite the audience to offer their hopes for what Portland's next great public square can be.

April 10, 2019 / 12:00pm2:00pm/ Festival Event


Thursday's panels include an exploration of how technology will impact the future of our cities, women entrepreneurs in Portland interior design and architecture, and the next generation of architects leading the way to a net-zero energy future.

April 11, 2019 / 5:30pm7:30pm/ Festival Event
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Friday's tours give you a peek at both the past and future of Portland's architecture. The morning walking tour provides a discussion of mid-century modern and minimalism, while in the afternoon with Skylab you'll get a look at the construction of the B76 building, which when completed, will act as an anchor for the Burnside Bridge and a gateway to the Eastside community.

April 12, 2019 / 3:00pm5:00pm/ Festival Event
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Close out the week with a walking tour of the landscape architecture of River View Cemetery at the west end of the Sellwood bridge, or a visit to an in-progress ADU in North Portland for a talk, workshop and tour. Join a second walking tour in the afternoon, exploring the rich and problematic history of gentrification in the Albina neighborhood.

April 13, 2019 / 10:00am12:00pm/ Festival Event
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April 13, 2019 / 10:00am1:00pm/ Festival Event
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To plan your festival experience or learn about additional architecture happenings, visit the full event schedule or open house listings.