AWB-Oregon volunteers from the fields of architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape architecture have been working on a design for the School for Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti. The project deadline is early June. Come to our meeting, grab a drink and a snack, and give the team your feedback! Doors open at 5:45 PM.
This meeting kicks off a yearlong focus on the topic of resiliency, and asks: As governments work on resiliency of infrastructure and institutions, and individuals and families make their own disaster plans, how can we engage our neighbors in a discussion of preparedness? Can we prepare for emergencies by pooling resources and tools through neighborhood-level tool libraries? Where can such facilities be housed and sited?
Architects Without Borders-Oregon has invited organizations and agencies such as the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Public Schools, Northeast Portland Tool Library, Mercy Corps, and Parents for Preparedness (P4P) to discuss shared goals and how AWB can partner with them to build stronger communities. This new project will need volunteers with skills in areas such as graphics, community organizing, marketing, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Doors open at 5:45 PM. Refreshments!
This charrette kicks off AWB's design work for The School for Deaf Children, an institution that will be located on the outskirts of Les Cayes, a town on the southern coast of Haiti. The school will include classrooms for 60 students, dormitories for 48, and living quarters for six adults and additional visiting teachers. We plan to select a project team from those who attend, but commitment to the longer-term effort is not necessary for participation in the charrette. If you are interested in the charrette, please review the site plan and design program. NOTE MEETING LOCATION!
Please join us at the AIA Center for Architecture (403 NW 11th Ave.) for our holiday open house featuring an array of refreshments, festive drinks, and a 19-minute film about the work of award-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere of Burkina Faso: "Francis Kere: An Architect Between."
This month Architects Without Borders-Oregon is hosting the AIA Emerging Professionals Happy Hour. AIA's EP Committee works to "further the professional development of all Associate AIA members, students, and architects licensed under 10 years, through fellowship, education and supportive networking." Whether you're an emerging professional or someone at any career stage who can talk to young professionals about engaging with AWB-Oregon teams and projects, you're welcome at this event! Happy Hour is FREE. View the Event page and RSVP at the ticket link.
Matt Leavitt, AWB Steering Committee member and designer at Hacker, will speak about his experiences in Arusha, Tanzania where he worked with other volunteers and local craftsmen building a children's foster home under the auspices of Real Architecture Workshop. RAW organizes design/build experiences for students and young architects in locations around the world. Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments!
AWB-Oregon volunteer John Blumthal spent a week this April visiting six villages in Haiti at the invitation of AWB's client buildOn, a nonprofit that constructs schools in some of the world's poorest countries. AWB has been working with buildOn since 2012, designing new, seismically sound schools and providing plans for reinforcing older structures. John will be sharing his general impressions of the country and his specific observations about the ongoing school construction and the challenges of working in Haiti. He will also discuss new AWB volunteer opportunities for designing variations to AWB's standard buildOn school design--variations that will accommodate large sites, small sites, and sites that slope. Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments!
Looking for a summer project? AWB-Oregon has been working since Fall 2016 to engage stakeholders and the local community with the redesign of King School Park in Northeast Portland. We've been compiling survey information, historical data, charrette results, and other input from park users to establish three distinct concept designs for the park. At this open meeting we'll be summarizing our findings, presenting outlines for each of the three concepts, and discussing opportunities for new designers to get involved with the Green King Project as we develop these concepts through another round of community charrettes this summer and establish a full program and schematic design in the fall.
Are you or your firm working on an entry for the (Plywood) POD Initiative? AWB's POD team will be presenting their design at our April meeting, and you’re invited to share yours, whether in process or complete. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Join us for presentations and discussion, Wednesday, April 26th at the AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. Refreshments will be served.
The (Plywood) POD Initiative is seeking “sleeping pod” designs in connection with the Portland Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit—Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon. "Yeon’s incredible life and work included investigations into affordable housing in Portland through pioneering uses of plywood, a product with origins in Portland. Today, similar visionary thinking is needed to address the homeless crisis in Portland and around the country."
What have we learned from the POD Initiative? What worked and what didn't in this effort to build micro-housing for the homeless? Participants in Partners on Dwelling's inaugural project will come together at AWB's March meeting to share experiences from both the design and construction phases of their work. Each team in attendance will describe key ideas, lessons, and details important to future efforts, and respond to a brief team-by-team Q&A.
The collective wisdom gathered from POD team members will support continuing innovation in POD design. In connection with the upcoming John Yeon exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, the Center for Public Interest Design has issued a new Call for Entries for designs emphasizing the use of plywood and similar materials. The museum will exhibit the design boards and reviewers will choose at least one pod design to be constructed this summer. Architects Without Borders-Oregon will be submitting at least one entry. If you are interested in joining a design team you may sign up at this meeting. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. (Enter on NW Flanders St.) Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments will be served.
Todd Ferry, Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design, will be discussing the potential role of architects in addressing Portland's homelessness crisis through a look at the origins, development, and goals of the Partners On Dwelling (POD) Initiative. This effort emerged from the work of the Village Coalition and was developed at the Center for Public Interest Design in partnership with City Repair, Communitecture, the Mayor's Office, local architecture firms, PSU, residents of Hazelnut Grove, and many others. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. (Enter on NW Flanders St.) Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments will be served.
Do you value Community-Engaged Design? Now is your chance to get involved. We're looking for volunteers to facilitate a community charrette for the King School Park Re-design Project in NE Portland. We need approximately 10 small-group facilitators to ask open-ended questions, guide conversation, take notes, and summarize to the larger group. Previous experience not required. We will have facilitator training at 5:30 PM, immediately before the 6:30 PM charrette. The charrette will take place in the King School cafeteria, 4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97211. To sign up, or if you have questions, email project leader Jon Creighton at email@example.com
Please join us for food, drink, and conversation at our annual Holiday Open House. Midway through the evening we'll view a short documentary—The Home for All at Rikuzentakata—about a community center built by a Japanese architectural collective for a town destroyed in the 2011 tsunami. AIA Center for Architecture, 403, NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209.
The topic for AWB's September meeting was Focus on Community Engagement. This month we’ll hear how AWB’s Green King Park Redesign team is putting community engagement into practice in a Northeast Portland neighborhood. King School near NE 7th & NE Alberta sits adjacent to a large park that has long been underutilized. Through an organization called Green King, neighbor Diego Gioseffi of the King Neighborhood Association has been spearheading an effort to improve this space. The Green King team will outline their process for working with various groups in the neighborhood in addition to giving an overview of the project and the site. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave (enter on NW Flanders St), Portland, OR 97209. Doors open at 5:45 PM. Refreshments will be served.