Futurescape City Tours Portland

Futurescape City Tours Portland

The Portland Futurescape City Tour (FCT) is a public engagement project designed to address these complex issues. The Portland FCT project is part of a larger, national research effort coordinated by the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University. The FCT tour in Portland was organized by a group of researchers at Portland State University’s Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, led by Professor Thad Miller. This October, the research team brought together 18 citizens from across Portland to discuss their concerns and interests in technology and the impact of the different uses of technology on sustainability and everyday life in the city. Through a series of unique engagement activities, participants expressed their thoughts verbally and visually and deliberated with one another about the future of Portland. Rather than the researchers dictating the focus of the discussion, participants were encouraged to voice their own concerns and interests: Where did they see the technological past persisting in Portland? What technologies epitomized Portland’s present? And where was the future emerging? Participant discussions guided the focus of the sessions through experimental participatory methods to encourage the deliberation of ideas. 

FCT Portland Photos

Taken by FCT Portland participants, these images are organized into visions of the 
past, present & future of technology in the city of Portland.
Follow the links to view each set on flickr.


FCT Public Art Event @ RECESS Headquarters

We live in a world mediated by technology. Technological systems form the background of our modern lives, enabling us to flip on the light switch, turn on the faucet, and flush the toilet without thinking about where the resources are coming from or where they’re going. We rarely, if ever, get a chance to think about how technologies, both old and new, affect our lives, our communities, and our cities—and how we might shape technologies in new and different ways so that they better represent the things we care about. 

The FCT Portland team partnered with local artists to host a one-time, an interactive gallery experience on
January 17th, 2014 from 6-9pm at the 
Recess art space (1127 SE 10th Ave). 
We articulated a vision of the past, present, and future of technology in Portland with a wide range of community members!


FCT Portland is a partnership between the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University, and PSU. CNS-ASU research, education, and outreach activities are supported by the National Science Foundation under cooperative agreement #0937591. The project is partially funded by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.