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News & Events

May 27th—Vernonia Health Center

In 2007 a flood in the rural Oregon community of Vernonia destroyed homes, schools and other buildings. At our May meeting guest speaker Joan Jasper of Scott Edwards Architecture will discuss the firm’s collaboration with the Vernonia Health Center Board, planning and designing a new public health clinic to replace one that was damaged in the flood. Challenges of this project…

April 22nd — Project Forum

At our Wednesday April 22nd meeting, project teams from the Red Sweater Project and Portland Day Storage will present project updates, to be followed by questions, discussion, and project work sessions open to all. Please join us at 6 PM at the AIA Center for Architecture, 403…

Winter 2015 Newsletter

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February 25th—Project Review: Portland Day Storage

At our February 25th open meeting the project team for Portland Day Storage: Serving the Homeless will present several designs for a storage facility where homeless people can leave their possessions while they go for a  job interview, attend to personal hygiene, or secure social services. We’ll be looking at considerations such as location, cost, availability of materials, ease of maintenance, staffing requirements,…

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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