Fridays@4: Impacting Communities through Design: Ecuador + Sacramento
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 4:00pm
Fridays@4: Impacting Communities through Design: Ecuador + Sacramento

Faculty with the Center for Public Interest Design in the Portland State University School of Architecture will discuss their community-engaged design work in two communities: Chamanga, Ecuador, and Sacramento, California.

Architecture and CPID students and faculty traveled to Ecuador in summer 2017 to help design and build the new Cultural Center Chamanga in response to the 2016 earthquake, which destroyed the headquarters of a local organization that is integral to the small fishing community. An auditorium, dance studio, library, audio studio, office, and bathrooms were among the requirements for the project. The design process included significant work with the local community to invite them into the decision-making process. PSU School of Architecture was joined by two other higher-education institutions in this project: Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and University of Tokyo in Japan. Faculty and students from each institution contributed design, planning, and construction expertise at various stages of the process.

CPID student and faculty have also been engaged over the past several months in designing new lightrail stations in the Dos Rios area of Sacramento, California, incorporating a variety of lighting, water-reclamation, and energy-efficient strategies into their design scheme, which includes spaces that transform into market stalls for local merchants to set up market stalls. 

About Fridays@4: Each Friday at 4pm during most of the academic term, PSU School of Architecture students and faculty gather together to hear from professional designers and architects, academics, visiting artists, innovators, and students in the program, with refreshments and updates from faculty and your student leaders. Fridays@4 is a perfect way to wrap up each week of intense creativity in studio, and get inspired for the productive weekend ahead.

We encourage attendees to bring their own beverage cup in order to reduce waste in Shattuck Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Shattuck Hall
SW Broadway at Hall Street
School of Architecture
Portland State University