Drinking Buddies

The hosts of Portland’s Green Architects’ Lounge podcast mix tasty cocktails with sustainable building lessons.

For hosts of a podcast ostensibly about environmentally friendly architecture and construction, Phil Kaplan and Chris Briley devote a lot of airtime to the finer points of mixology. To hear them tell it, the two subjects have more in common than one might think. “To talk about crafting a drink, and doing it right, it ties very much into design,” explains Kaplan, principal at Portland’s Kaplan Thompson Architects. “It’s not about getting drunk, it’s about the pleasure of mixing things creatively, and putting them together carefully — but, yes, alcohol helps the conversation flow.”

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