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Suri Iron – CRUMPLE New Works from Mike Suri

New Works from Mike Suri


Mike Suri takes scrap metal and turns it around, hammers it out, paints, shines and buffs it and then presents it to us as something you want to put on your shelf, not your curbside.

Making art from waste is not a new concept, but Suri’s work practically begs you to ignore that it was ever on its way to the dump in the first place.

This October, Good:a gallery will be showcasing Crumple, comprising his three latest series – Coleman’s, Galvies, and other crushes.


Opening Reception

Friday, October 5th

7 to 10 pm

GOOD: A Gallery

4325 N Mississippi Avenue

Portland, Oregon


Suri Iron – Metal Sculpting in Portland Oregon.

Which Portland-area buildings do you wish were restaurants? | OregonLive.com

While traveling around the Portland area looking for new places to eat, I often see empty buildings that just scream out “restaurant” not literally.It might be a derelict building on the corner with great bones, or a vacant structure sandwiched between two thriving businesses in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

Either way, you probably have one near you, and you probably know what Im talking about.Just for fun, here are four Portland buildings that, over the years, Ive wished some deep-pocketed restaurateur would transform into a restaurant or bar.


1. The Phoenix pharmacy building

Owner Robert Froman, who also runs the Stove Palace and its must-see website just down Foster from the Phoenix, once thought of opening a stove museum in this dramatic two-story brick building.

But, with a lot of work, the suspect structure — it currently sports a “U,” for “unsafe,” from Portland Fire & Rescue — would make a fantastic restaurant or bar, and a landmark eastern gateway for the still up-and-coming “SoFo” neighborhood.

History: According to Froman’s “Foster the Phoenix” website, which seeks to rehabilitate the building, the Phoenix Pharmacy was constructed in 1922 here at the corner of Southeast Foster Road and 67th Avenue and “in its day it was the Eastside’s ‘largest suburban drug store.'”

Thoughts: With a flatiron shape and lovely wrap-around windows on the first floor, the Phoenix would make a fantastic place to eat or drink.






2. The 8212 Club

This vacant beige building might not look like much right now, but it has two things in its favor: a prime location in the middle of another up-and-coming neighborhood and a starring role in one of Portland’s most infamous scandals.

Smack-dab between kid-friendly cafe Posies and the Multnomah County Library’s new Kenton branch, this building, at 8212 and 8216 N. Denver Ave., has loads of square footage and big windows looking out on recently renovated North Denver Avenue. But as the neighborhood has blossomed around it — just check out Kenton’s fun Friday afternoon farmers market half a block away — the building, owned by former NBA star Terrell Brandon, has remained empty.

History: Here’s where things get interesting. In 1955, Multnomah County Sheriff Terry Schrunk led a raid of the 8212 Club, a gambling den, pinball parlor and bar in the upstairs of the building. Schrunk’s deputies arrested several drunks, but didn’t shut the place down because — according to testimony given to the special senate committee on labor and racketeering led by U.S. Sen. John McLellan and Chief Counsel Robert Kennedy — the bar’s owner gave Schrunk a $500 bribe.

The testimony threatened to derail Schrunk’s political career at its nascent point. Kennedy even came to Portland to testify against him. But jurors quickly moved to acquit, and Schrunk, who had just won a hard-fought mayoral battle, went on to become one of Portland’s longest serving mayors. His son, Michael Schrunk, is the current Multnomah County District Attorney.

Thoughts: It’s easy to imagine a Toro Bravo-like restaurant on the ground floor and a Secret Society-esque bar (“The 8212 Club,” perhaps?) serving classic cocktails in the old gambling hall upstairs.



3. Portland Fire & Rescue Station 2

This firehouse at the western end of the Steel Bridge hasn’t played dormitory for firefighters for decades. In fact, it displays the same Portland Fire & Rescue “U” sign as the Phoenix pharmacy above.

But, between the century-old architecture and the potential for river views, the two-story brick building at 510 N.W. Third Ave. sure has a lot of character.

History: Portland Fire & Rescue’s website has a historical photo of the building, and lists it as “present at this location” from 1912 to 1950. According to Brian K. Johnson and Don Porth’s book, “Portland Fire & Rescue,” the station’s amphibious vehicles, known as “ducks,” were used for search and rescue operations during the Vanport flood of 1948.

Thoughts: Not long ago, I thought Fire Station 2 would make a great rehab project for the McMenamin brothers. But with new tracks carrying MAX trains to and from the Greyhound station a short stumble from the building’s front door, it might be a dangerous place to serve beer and wine.




4. The Ladd Carriage House

Ask and you shall receive!

Years ago, even when this building was a run-down shell, it still seemed like it might make a great bar or restaurant some day.

Now, nearly 130 years old, the structure, a former carriage garage for Portland business and civic leader William Ladd, is set to become a new restaurant and lounge.

As The Oregonian first reported Tuesday, the carriage house, meticulously restored under Carleton Hart Architecture project manager Paul Falsetto, will soon be home to Raven & Rose, a British-style gastropub with plenty of Northwest flavor.

History: Built in the 1880s, the building was converted to shops and offices in 1926 and was remodeled as a law firm in 1972. In 2007, the then-vacant building was placed on blocks and moved several blocks west during construction on the Ladd Tower condominiums (also pictured).

Thoughts: Among other tantalizing details from co-owner Lisa Mygrant in Tuesday’s story was word that Raven & Rose’s interior was being inspired, in part, by the Brunel, a gorgeous pub in London’s Battersea neighborhood that closed in 2010.

— Michael Russell   via Which Portland-area buildings do you wish were restaurants? | OregonLive.com.

The high cost of adaptive reuse in Portland | Daily Journal of Commerce

Constructing a new, energy-efficient building, even with many green bells and whistles, is more harmful to the environment than reusing an existing structure, according to a report released this year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The group’s study, “The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse,” concluded that reusing and retrofitting existing buildings almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.


“When we say something is green and it gets some sort of accolade or LEED certification, in my opinion, what we’re really doing is simply smoking Marlboro Lights as opposed to Marlboro reds,” said Jeff Myhre of Myhre Group Architects. “We’re still smoking. We’re still paving. We’re still polluting. We’re still having an environmental impact on the planet, and that’s for any new building, period.”

Portland has many aging buildings ripe for adaptive reuse. The trouble is that many retrofits would trigger costly improvements, like seismic upgrades, that can outweigh a building’s potential for future revenue.

As of 1996, there were roughly 1,200 unreinforced masonry buildings in Portland that would be particularly vulnerable to collapse if an earthquake were to hit, according to a city survey. Some of those have since been upgraded, but most remain. Some industry experts think more needs to be done to encourage renovations.

“If you (help) owners to get some grants to help them offset some of those costs it would help a lot, because to be honest I feel bad for owners,” said Randall Toma of ABHT Structural Engineers. “They all want to do the right thing, but sometimes they’re just hamstringed by the costs.”

ABHT was the structural engineer for a $20 million project in 2009 that expanded the historic 42,500-square-foot Skidmore Fountain Building into an 80,000-square-foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum-rated headquarters for Mercy Corps. Toma said up to a quarter of the total construction budget went toward seismic upgrades.

But environmental benefits of such projects can also be significant.

Continue reading The high cost of adaptive reuse in Portland | Daily Journal of Commerce

Sustainable Workplace Interior Style with Reclaimed Materials | Brownchair.org


A graphic fashion business in Portland, Oregon named “Parliament” has an workplace with a sustainable interior fashion suggestions by using a salvaged and reclaimed supplies this type of as salvaged pizza ovens, street indicators, a wood from outdated crates, a barn and a church. Parliament Business are a big believers of the recycle perform and took a fingers-on method to the inventive procedure by going to numerous supplies recovery amenities to uncover out how each and every supplies is separated and reformed into new items. The fashion capabilities a amount of products produced from reclaimed supplies that covering almost each and every and each and every aspect of their workplace interior this type of as wall, flooring, and workplace furnitures. You can utilized it as nicely for your workplace interior fashion with an excellent sustainable suggestions by checking the fashion of a meeting room, operating table, wall fashion, lounge room, reception room and any other people from some image beneath, hope you joy it….!







via Sustainable Workplace Interior Style with Reclaimed Materials | Brownchair.org – Interior Design – Living Room Design – Furniture – Bedroom Design – Kitchen Design – Bathroom Design.

Drop Box Brigade: SE 49th and Madison Portland, OR

Drop Brigader’s are at it again!

Here is a nice shot of lath and plaster, vinyl flooring, metal, and some gnarly looking press board.

Admittedly, lath and plaster is a tough combination to separate. However England has a 95% construction recycling rate, so it makes one wonder what they do with their lath and plaster?

What would you do to keep it out of the waste stream?

Design*Sponge | Before & After: Portland Home redo

Textile and interior designer Vicki Simon decided to completely transform her small home in Portland, Oregon, replacing synthetic surfaces with all salvaged and eco-friendly materials. The results are dreamy, especially this gorgeous open, airy kitchen, which is actually a combination of the original kitchen and the front porch.

Nothing feels overdone, and the color palette is a perfect balance of bright white, earthy neutrals and beautiful natural woods. Naturally, Vicki’s rug designs fit perfectly with the overall aesthetic, which reads as warm, understated, organic chic. If I ever get a chance to renovate a home, I’m definitely taking some cues from Vicki.

Salvaged Materials

The ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR

Salvage Works PDX, Portland, OR

Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, Aurora, OR

Timby’s Dip & Strip, Portland, OR

Old Portland Hardware, Portland, OR

ReStore Habitat for Humanity, Portland, OR

Rejuvenation, Portland, OR

Hippo Hardware, Portland, OR

Monticello Antique Mall, Portland, OR



Flea Markets all over Oregon

Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA

via Design*Sponge | Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more.

PNCA : about : expansion : NWBroadway511

A vision of the future of Portland’s original U.S. Post office at 511 NW Broadway is written in its magnificent bones: the numerous skylights, expansive windows, lofty ceilings, and open spaces. As President Tom Manley notes, “It’s as if the building always aspired to be a college of art and design.”

During the 2014–15 academic year, this historic building—identified as the geographic center of Portland by a U.S. Geological Survey marker—will re-emerge as PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, a new hub for creativity and entrepreneurship.


via PNCA : about : expansion : NWBroadway511.

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ReuseConex 2012 – North America’s only Reuse Conference & Expo: October 18-20, 2012 in Portland, Oregon!

ReuseConex 2012 – North America’s only Reuse Conference & Expo, is taking place on October 18-20, 2012 in Portland, Oregon!

ReuseConex – the one and only event that connects all facets of the nation’s reuse sector! We’re bringing together people from far and wide to learn about the triple bottom line benefits of reuse. ReuseConex is brought to you by the Reuse Alliance, a national nonprofit association that works to increase public awareness of reuse – by promoting the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse, and by encouraging people to join the movement toward creating a cleaner environment & a greener economy.

Reuse Alliance is proud to co-host ReuseConex 2012 along with (to be announced).

Please review the rest of the website for all the pertinent details about attending, sponsoring/exhibiting or volunteering at ReuseConex. Visit our media kit (e.g., press releases and educational resources), the list of our current media partners, and speakers sections.

ReuseConex will include:

Expert panelists, motivating speakers, and informative workshops

Reuse-related exhibitors

Tours of local reuse centers

A ReFashion Show, a ReArt Exhibit & Sale, movie screenings

And much more!

The event will also have 3 distinct attendee tracks, so we can meet everyone’s interests:

1) Reuse 101 – provides the general public and reuse sector novices a better grasp of the sector

2) Best Practices – allows reuse sector members to learn from each other

3) Skills Builders – allows advanced reuse sector staff to refresh and develop key organizational management skills in an interactive workshop format.

Who Should Attend?

Managers of reuse programs or organizations

Local, State and Federal waste management officials

Private Waste Management firms

Environmental Educators

Reclaimed Material Artists

Green Builders & Interior Designers

Economic Development Agencies

Environmental Association Executives

Sustainability Consultants

Green Economy Investors

And of course, Consumers of used & reusable materials

Become a part of this ground-breaking event:

Register Today!

via About.

Malachi Milbourn turns to old buildings for old-growth wood he turns into furniture | OregonLive.com

Malachi Milbourn sees stories in the wood he works. The 28-year-old North Portland resident finds and salvages pieces of old-growth wood from buildings throughout the state that are deconstructed or torn down.

He turns the wood into coffee tables, side tables, dinner tables and other furniture, then sells them through his business, Against the Grain. He has made furniture with wood from a Corvallis hops mill built in 1910, a Molalla barn built in 1900 and parts of the Oregon State Hospitals original building, which was partially demolished in 2010.

Against the Grain

On the Web:


By email:


In person:

His North Portland studio, at 7401 N Albina Ave., is open by appointment only.

via Malachi Milbourn turns to old buildings for old-growth wood he turns into furniture | OregonLive.com.

Extreme Recycling, PDX: Ultimate Remodel | Earthtechling

portland extreme recycling house

When Corey and Deb Omey embarked on a major renovation of their 1925 North Portland home, they decided to forego the demolition dumpster and go ultra-green, utilizing recycled and reclaimed materials wherever possible. Many of these were “harvested” on site,  including not just materials from the original home, but a cedar tree cut from the front yard (to clear solar access for the rooftop photovoltaic system) that ultimately wound up as cabinetry in the home’s bedroom closets.

portland house, recycled materials

Beyond that, the couple focused on procuring whatever they needed for the project through Portland’s burgeoning network of reclaimed/recycled materials, which includes such resources as The ReBuilding Center (a kind of Home Depot composed exclusively of recycled building materials), Building Material Recycling and Lovett Deconstruction. But the resources to do to the same, according to Corey Omey — a LEED-accredited architect with Ernest R. Munch Architects, as well as the project’s designer and construction coordinator — are available to just about anyone.

portland recycled house

“We are fortunate that Portland has one of the best networks of rebuilding resources in the world,” Omey told us, “but resources like the Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, Craigslist, Freecycle and ‘seconds’ from different types of manufacturers are available almost anywhere.” (“Seconds” consist of post-production rejects from local manufacturers.)

The result is a new home with a lot of history: the kitchen counters were once bowling alley lanes, the front walkway pavers were made from granite countertop remnants, and the main beam of the front porch was a “blowdown” from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. Reused mortgage signs were used to sheath the walls, scraps of metal from a local steel yard wound up in the home’s artistic guard rails, and doors once part of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Ranch’s hotel in Antelope, Ore., were reincarnated, so to speak, in the home’s basement.

“The materials and process personalize the house,” Omey said. “There is a story behind everything we found and incorporated into the finished product.”

portland house, recycled materials

Another key part of the story is the amount of labor put in by the Omeys, the contractors they worked with and their friends, as the trick to using recycled materials (which cost 50-80 percent less than new materials) is that they tend to add extra labor to a renovation project in the form of sourcing, delivering and preparing materials. The Omeys worked offset these costs with “sweat equity” on their part, volunteer labor and contractors willing to work with the materials provided.

Continue reading Extreme Recycling, PDX: Ultimate Remodel | Earthtechling