"Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends" Symposium
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 4:00pm to Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 5:00pm

Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends is a two-day symposium taking place April 26 & 27 in the School of Architecture at Portland State University. This symposium gathers an astonishing array of artists, writers, thinkers and architects who will discuss the concept of utility in the built environment, as seen and expressed in unexpected ways through the lens of other creative disciplines -- such as visual art, graphic design, film, literature, and even the graphic novel.

Keynote speakers include Philippe Rahm, Jill Stoner, and Jimenez Lai. 

A reception for Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's exhibition at the Littman Gallery, titled "Always After (the Glass House)," is included in the symposium and explores a film of the same name. Shot entirely on location at Crown Hall, Mies van der Rohe’s school of architecture on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, the film-based work explores the complex legacy of Modern architecture through the artful manipulation of footage from the 2005 dedication of the building’s renovation, when the architect’s own grandson broke the windows of the iconic building with a sledgehammer.

Please visit for the complete schedule and more information.

Friday, April 26, 2013, 4pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday, April 27, 9am to 5pm

Shattuck Hall Annex, corner of SW Broadway and Hall Streets, Portland, OR

ADMISSION:   Portland State University Box Office and at
$15 (includes $2 service charge) before April 23
$25 (includes $2 service charge) April 23 and thereafter

Eight (8) AIA CES learning units (Health, Safety & Welfare/Sustainable Design) may be added with an additional $20.