Architecture major Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich will be graduating this spring, taking his powerful newfound goals and expertise into the world as one of PSU’s many changemakers—people who fearlessly seek out solutions to problems others say cannot be solved. Watch Paul’s story, and then join us on June 20 for a celebration and exploration of lifelong changemakers at the Elevating Impact Summit in downtown Portland.
The 5th Annual School of Architecture Symposium in April focused on the intersection of structural systems and green building. It aimed to examine the greater role structural systems should have in design, environmental impact, and green buildings.
The Portland-based nonprofit City Repair hosts an annual ten-day placemaking festival called the Village Building Convergence (VBC). This “festival” combines crowd-sourced activism, creative community development, and hands-on education and celebration. This year’s festival will take place between May 23 and June 1.
Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening.
Portland State students and city officials from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability gathered last week at PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions to play a board game called "Broken Cities," which simulates the economic and environmental consequences of different types of urban development. The game plays like a combination of Monopoly and Sim City, but with an added twist of climate science.
Portland State University and Wells Fargo are teaming up to present a new competition for students and faculty with innovative ideas about how to improve the way we operate in a resource-constrained environment.