Kerr Admin Building, Oregon State University

The Kerr Admin Building is a modernist building in the middle of the Oregon State University (OSU) grounds. The building’s public space, parking and main location make it the perfect place to begin exploring the OSU grounds. Activities The Oregon State University grounds include several interesting buildings and sights, including: Memorial Union The Memorial UnionContinue reading “Kerr Admin Building, Oregon State University”

Musqueam Post at the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on the unceded land of the Musqueam people. The totem pole in this image tells the story of how the Musqueam got their name. It was raised in 2016 as part of the UBC centennial celebrations at the University Boulevard entrance to the UBC grounds. Activities TheContinue reading “Musqueam Post at the University of British Columbia”

Portland’s Brooklyn Rail Yard Cement Plant

This image is from Portland’s Brooklyn Rail Yard. The rail yard offers several interesting examples of industrial architecture and is a good place to watch trains from. It is also close to an artistic community and Reed College. Activities Several interesting sights and activities in south Portland’s industrial area include: Union Pacific Brooklyn Intermodal RailContinue reading “Portland’s Brooklyn Rail Yard Cement Plant”

The Up House

The Up House became famous when its owner refused to sell the house to developers. The developers were forced to build around the small house. Then in 2009 Disney paid for balloons to be tied to the top of the house for the release of Up, which has a house in a similar position. ActivitiesContinue reading “The Up House”

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse looks over the mouth of the Yaquina River. It provides a fun weekend get away with history and a surrounding park. The town of Newport on Yaquina Bay also provides a number of fun activities and sights. Activities in Newport, Oregon A number of outdoor opportunities, natural sights and cultural activitiesContinue reading “Yaquina Bay Lighthouse”

University of British Columbia Music Hall

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus is a great place to see modernist architecture. Most of the grounds were built after the second world war at the top of modernism’s popularity. The result are buildings like the music hall in today’s sketch. Activities near the UBC Music Hall The UBC Music Hall isContinue reading “University of British Columbia Music Hall”

Sketch Review: The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars

Roman Mars is best known for his podcast 99% Invisible. In the 99% Invisible City*, Mars investigates how small things change cities. This ranges from manhole covers to tax codes. The result is a field guide to the many parts of cities. This blog focuses on urban landscapes. As a result our focus is onContinue reading “Sketch Review: The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars”

Seattle Skyline from SW Dawson St. and 41st Ave. SW

West Seattle sits on a peninsula apart from Seattle. This gives it a special character. You can find this in The Junction neighborhood not far from this week’s drawing at SW Dawson Street and 41st Avenue SW. Activities at the West Seattle Junction The Junction is a large business area in West Seattle. It isContinue reading “Seattle Skyline from SW Dawson St. and 41st Ave. SW”

West Seattle Log House Museum

The West Seattle Log House Museum is in the Alki Beach area. The museum is the home of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. The society collects historical records for Southwest Seattle ranging from items gifted by the local Duwamish tribe to current residents. We would like to acknowledge that Seattle is on the traditional landContinue reading “West Seattle Log House Museum”

The Nest at the University of British Columbia

The Nest at UBC is the new student union building on the University of British Columbia (UBC) grounds. Its primary space is the atrium on its west side. This is the subject of this week’s sketch. Restaurants and offices ring the atrium. Activities near The Nest The Nest is in the middle of the UBCContinue reading “The Nest at the University of British Columbia”