...by Gwen Millius
I have had the privilege of sitting on the City of Portland’s Design Commission since October of 2006. The Design Commission does a number of things around the City of Portland, but chief among them is reviewing and approving major developments in Portland’s design districts. It’s time consuming, occasionally frustrating, mentally taxing, and I absolutely love it. I love it because despite the long hearings, the occasional “how many angels fit on the head of a pin” debates, and the frustrations inherent in squeezing good architecture out of tight budgets and schedules, we sometimes have a chance to make Portland a better place, brick by brick.
I have also been a long-time member and volunteer at City Club of Portland. There’s not much I haven’t done there over the years, but one thing I thought I might never do is be a guest at their Friday Forum, the event for which City Club is best known. The forum is held at the Sentinel Hotel every Friday, and is broadcast state wide on OPB radio and now on YouTube. After those many volunteer hours put in at City Club, and those many volunteer hours put in on behalf of the Design Commission, you can imagine how tickled I was to be on the panel at the May 30th Friday Forum.
Check it out! My only regret is that I didn’t have the chance to talk answer the question about the Portland Building, aka the Barbie Dream Tower.