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Jay Raskin


Old is New

Posted on November 11th, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Old is New

The Cool Hunter website has some beautiful photos of modern additions and insertions of new buildings and elements into old historic buildings.  In all of them, the new is juxtaposed to the old rather than trying to restore the building to an original state, or reuse a traditional or classical architectural vocabulary.  This approach is actually supported in the Secretary of Interior standards, where new additions are suppose to be “of the their time” and not give an appearance that they were original when they are not.

This is the approach I took with adding the entry canopies to the Depot project in Astoria.  Taking a cue from the recent addition of the Columbia River Maritime Museums, I used the curved roof form, wood roof structure, and galvanized metal posts to create the entries.   This approach … Read More »



Schools leading the way

Posted on November 9th, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Schools leading the way

The citizens of Portland voted overwhelmingly to pass a bond measure that upgrades a number of Portland schools.  It pays for some basic seismic upgrades on a 26 schools and completely modernizes three high schools and one grade school.  It is a first step to the modernization of all Portland’s schools, which at the end will be safer,  will meet the education needs of today, and will cost less money to operate and maintain.  The energy savings alone will help make these schools more sustainable.  The school district has also balanced out the safety and energy needs with maintaining the historic fabric that makes many of these schools beloved landmarks.

Out at the coast, the Seaside School District is embarking on a program to rebuild all of the schools to meet the highest seismic standards to insure they will not only … Read More »






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