Kasey Jarvis , a senior creative designer for Nike, describes the Beaverton shoemaker’s Trash Talk sneaker, stitched from recycled leather. Nike’s Air Jordan XX# shoe, also part of the company’s sustainable-design line, was a finalist in the Portland/ World design category.

Image: Evan Pilchik

Portland Spaces , Portland Monthly ’s sister publication, debuted the Root Awards on November 12. The juried competition hailed local standout designers and architecture firms in twenty-two categories, including furniture and community space. Held at the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom, the celebratory gala attracted more than five hundred attendees and helped establish the Portland Spaces Root Awards Scholarship Fund for students of architecture, interior design, and construction.