Wednesday, April 10
11:30 AM – 1PM
Lawrence Hall 206
Autonomous vehicles and new forms of mobility have the potential to drastically reduce the amount of space needed for cars and transportation altogether—liberating miles of underused lanes and parking strips for new uses and activities. Urban planners and designers are eager to explore new possibilities for urban street design, but most cities lack funding to overhaul their street networks—particularly in the suburbs, where a drastic decline of independently owned automobiles will have the largest impact. This workshop explores the potential for tactical urbanism to transform suburban streets from mere transportation corridors into vital social spaces.
Participants will receive a briefing on the history of tactical urbanism in the United States, including recent work with the City of Veneta, Oregon. They will then learn how to use low-cost, temporary, and experimental interventions to adapt the built environment. Working in teams, they will re-design individual spaces along a typical suburban street, and then combine their tactics to simulate a single street-wide intervention.
Earl Mark and Deborah Brosnan
Thursday April 11
1 PM – 4:00 PM
Meeting in the Hearth Cafe in Lawrence Hall
In the fleeting moments setting up rapid shelter following a catastrophic event, speed may be critical and site data unavailable. With Associate Professor of Architecture, Dr. Earl Mark, and Marine Biologist, Dr. Deborah Brosnan, participants equipped with compass, camera* and sketchpad walk the southern bank of the Willamette River adjacent to UO. Recording what is directly observable, they will then move indoors to layout shelters with a minimal environmental footprint from prepared paper fold models. The experiment concludes with a discussion of lessons learned. Wear appropriate clothing for walking in wet conditions.
* cell phone compass and camera OK.
Saturday April 13
1:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Portland, White Stag Room 451
This workshop will equip participants with a working understanding of Civic Ecology principles, its benefits and the five-step CIVIC process. Participants will gain exposure to a variety of Civic Ecology projects through brief case studies of real projects that have resulted in implemented projects, often in contentious political environments. Using the Civic Ecology engagement technique, “Community Resource Flow Mapping”, participants will create concepts for resilient community systems in a Portland neighborhood.
Friday April 12
1 PM – 3:30 PM
Lawrence Hall Hayden Gallery
The HOPES Team took some time last term to go dumpster diving through the trash (recycling) generated by winter term studios. For an environmental design school, we throw out countless pounds of material and countless hours of work each year, but we want to revive the value of found treasures. We will use this workshop to recycle the creativity embodied by all manner of unusual objects. In various media, we will create a photobooth for use by any and all. Polaroid camera included.