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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….

July 26th – AWB Volunteer Day with Habitat for Humanity

No general meeting this month. Instead, AWB is volunteering with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, July 26th from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM. We’ll be constructing a large playground for a 45-home community in Southeast Portland. No experience is necessary, but you must register online by Friday, the day before the event. Please join us! Register at: http://vhub.at/AWB  

June 25 – University of Oregon Thesis Presentations

Architects Without Borders – Oregon has invited selected  graduates of the University of Oregon’s school of architecture to present their thesis projects at AWB’s June general meeting. Projects were chosen based on quality, and relevance to AWB’s mission of providing design and planning services to communities in need. One project envisions a new Lebanese city based on agroforestry, benefitting both a large Syrian refugee…

May 28th – TED Talk & Discussion

The May meeting of Architects Without Borders-Oregon features a showing and discussion of a brief TED Talk, “What Happens When an NGO Admits Failure,” by David Damberger of Engineers Without Borders. Joining AWB-Oregon for the post-Ted-Talk discussion will be guest speaker and Portland State University instructor Tom Szymoniak of Engineers Without Borders. AWB-Oregon is working with Szymoniak and EWB’s PSU…

April 23rd Meeting — Africa Bridge

Barry Childs, founder of Africa Bridge (africabridge.org), will be the guest speaker at this month’s general meeting. Headquartered at Marylhurst University, Africa Bridge combats child poverty in Tanzania through economic development at the village level: creating farming coops, facilitating micro-lending, and building and renovating classrooms and clinics. Thus far Africa Bridge has been active in 20 villages. Childs,…