"Placing," School of Architecture Lecture Series: Julie Bargmann, "Working Traces"
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6:00pm
"Placing," School of Architecture Lecture Series: Julie Bargmann, "Working Traces"

“Architects create places, not spaces.” In the second annual lecture series presented by the School of Architecture at Portland State University, six internationally renowned leaders from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, art, planning and anthropology will tackle this once-controversial idea. The series spans the 2012-2013 academic year, with presentations by Dan Wood, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, Kevin Daly, Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, Tim Ingold and Julie Bargmann. Each of these speakers will discuss the ways in which the active processes of siting, locating, positioning and placing things and people in the world are conceived and embodied in their work.

Landscape architect Julie Bargmann will speak as part of the "Placing" lecture series on Thursday, May 2, 2013, giving a lecture titled "Working Traces."

"Evidence of multiple-site histories lurks beneath urban expanses of asphalt and weeds. To reframe vacant land as full becomes the primary act of design, unearthing the embodied energy of men, women, and children who once labored there. Working with these traces makes places within a renewed landscape of ecological and cultural production," writes Bargmann.

Julie Bargmann is an innovative designer of regenerative landscapes and founder and principal of D.I.R.T. Studio ("Dump It Right There"). Based in New York City, she is also Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, where she leads venturesome investigations with students into derelict terrain, imagining renewed sites of cultural and ecological production. Her work has received numerous awards and has been featured in art and design exhibitions worldwide. 

Shattuck Hall Annex

SW Broadway & Hall Street

Portland, Oregon

Free and open to the public.


Image courtesy of Julie Bargmann. Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard project under construction.