The Center for Public Interest Design continues its series of brown-bag talks this week with back-to-back discussions on Thursday (4.3.14) and Friday (4.4.14).
Thursday, April 3, - G Cody QJ Goldberg, founder of Harper's Playground, will describe the process of tackling an ambitious public project of an inclusive playground in Portland, Oregon, from the ground up with little to no experience in fundraising, design and community building.
Friday, April 4 - Stuart Cowan of Autopoiesis, who will discuss his firm's advanced ecological research and design.
"Our community playground was off-limits to our daughter because she uses wheels to get around. We founded Harper's Playground to change this," says Goldberg. "We assembled a team of top designers and shared our vision. We asked for and received help from many. The playground went from dream to reality. We embrace these three powerful and important forces for a better world; COMMUNITY - INCLUSION - PLAY!!!"
Father of two, Cody Goldberg is proud to serve as the Executive Director of Harper’s Playground. A big fan of inclusion of all kinds, Cody is committed to creating opportunities for both of his daughters to build friendships and community for themselves. Cody is a graduate of New York University with a BFA in Film & Television Studies. Along with his wife, April, Cody is the co-founder of Harper’s Playground. Together they spearheaded the design, funding, and construction of the first Harper's Playground in Portland, OR. Cody believes that the power of a well designed and realized inclusive play space can truly transform a community for the better. "Life is a party, and everyone should be invited!"
The CPID talks are aimed at fostering a dialogue about interesting work being done that is relevant to the public interest design field, as well as exploring the very nature of public interest design itself, in an informal setting. To that end, these talks will be held in the CPID room and people will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited. Faculty members are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All CPID Talks are open to the public and take place from 12–1 p.m. in Shattuck Hall 217 on the PSU campus.