As part of the PSU Urban Design Collaborative, the School of Architecture will host a series of urban design conversations in the Spring 2021 term. These conversations will address the infrastructure of the public city, consciously addressing both the large-scale systems and ideas that organize cities as well as concrete, contemporary urban design problems and projects. The urban conversations place specific urban design concerns and projects in Portland in dialogue with other places and issues.

Since the 1970s, Portland has been an example of how the heart of the North American city could be reimagined. Over the past year, Portland has been used as a symbol in the national and international press as an urban example of supposed unruly protest, of devastated downtowns, and environmental catastrophe. This spring, we would like to talk about Portland, by putting the city in conversation with places beyond its urban growth boundary.

Conversations will take place via Zoom webinar on Fridays from 4:00 to 5:15 P.M.

Register for April 16, 23 and 30.

Register for May 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Schedule of Talks

Friday, April 16*
Topic: Housing
Los Angeles I Portland
Elizabeth Timme, LA MÁS
Anyeley Hallová, Adre
Moderator: Justin Fowler, University of Oregon

Friday, April 23
Topic: Downtown
Detroit | Portland
Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Nolan Lienhart, ZGF Architects
Moderator: Randy Gragg, Portland Parks Foundation

Friday, April 30
Topic: Material Flow
Tokyo | Portland
Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow
Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture
Moderator: Laila Seewang, Portland State University

Friday, May 7*
Topic: Urban Memory
Montgomery | Portland
Kiara Boone, Equal Justice Initiative
Kim Moreland, Oregon Black Pioneers
Moderator: Craig Wilkins, UO Spatial Justice Fellow

Friday, May 14
Topic: Technology
Portland | Portland
Hector Dominguez, Smart City PDX
Dawn Nafus, Intel
Moderator: Mark Raggett, GBD Architects

Friday, May 21
Topic: The Street
Vancouver | Portland
Lisa Parker, City of Vancouver
Art Pearce, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Moderator: Ellen Shoshkes, Portland State University

Friday, May 28
Topic: Land
Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Portland State University
Invited speaker TBA

*April 16 and May 7 are generously co-sponsored by the University of Oregon's Portland Program and Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism. 

The PSU Urban Design Collaborative is an initiative of the School of Architecture in the College of the Arts and the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.