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News & Events

January 28th—Schools in the Developing World

Our first meeting of the year will feature a video about the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, a mountainous region of Northern India. The firm that designed the school considered solar orientation, local building materials and techniques, the extreme climate, and Tibetan Buddhist beliefs. After the screening, AWB volunteers will discuss similarities and differences between the Druk White Lotus School…

Fall 2014 Newsletter

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December 10th—Holiday Open House & Film Screening

Please join us from 6 to 9 pm for festive food and drink in celebration of this year’s projects, speakers, and volunteers. Starting at 8 pm we’ll be screening two 25-minute episodes of the documentary series Rebel Architecture, which profiles activist architects from around the world confronting social and environmental problems in their own countries. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW…

October 22nd—Storage Charrette

AWB-Oregon is working with JOIN, a Portland non-profit organization, to design a facility where homeless people can store their possessions. JOIN helps individuals and families make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Please help us with your ideas for this new project. Join us at the AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue (enter on NW Flanders) at…

September 24th — Focus on Homelessness, Part 2

AWB-Oregon’s September meeting will explore a spectrum of housing options for the homeless, from tiny houses to encampments to large full-service shelters. Our guest presenters are: David Otte, project manager for Holst Architecture’s award-winning Bud Clark Commons. Bud Clark Commons includes 130 studio apartments, a 90-bed men’s transitional shelter, and a day center. Israel Bayer, executive…

August 27th — Focus on Homelessness, Part 1

AWB-Oregon’s August meeting features a discussion of past, present, and future approaches to solving the problem of homelessness in Portland. Our guest presenters are: Sally Erickson, Manager, Ending Homelessness Initiative, Portland Housing Bureau. Erickson leads a team that is implementing the City and County’s plan to end homelessness, A Home for Everyone, including developing strategies with public and private community partners….