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VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014.

Beyond graduation: Celebrating lifelong changemakers

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.

Exploring the intersection of structural systems and green building

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.

Community building—one earthen bench at a time

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni

Green design for the down-and-out: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni, professor of architecture and director of the new Center for Public Interest Design at PSU.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

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. 

School of Architecture’s Mat Lab shares lowdown on discarded escalator handrails

Hard to imagine when you’re catching a ride up, but some 10 tons of used escalator handrails end up in Portland-area landfills each year.

Research hones in on the ultimate green roof

Last month, three researchers at Portland State marked the end of the first four years of research on the interaction between solar panels and planted green roof installations.

Serious gaming: adapting to urban climate challenges

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.

Wells Fargo teams with PSU on cleantech challege

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.

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