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New policy to support green affordable housing gets boost from PSU research

On the day after Thanksgiving a new green building policy for affordable housing went into effect in Portland, a policy designed to reduce the overall cost of affordable housing in Portland while making buildings better performing, more efficient, and sustainable. The policy was bolstered by research funded by the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions and conducted by Elliott T. Gall, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Portland State University, and Liliana Caughman, a graduate student in Environmental Science & Management.

Maps show 30 percent of Portland lots could host backyard homes

70,863 of the tax lots in Portland (about 30 percent) may be prime for ADU development.

As China takes a stance on climate change, mega-cities like Shenzhen lead the way

The mega-city of Shenzhen is located approximately 20 miles north of Hong Kong in the Chinese province of Guandong. 

All photos by Eric Rutledge.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Olyssa Starry

Olyssa Starry is an assistant professor of urban ecology at the Portland State University Honors College working on several research projects with students right now that all use greenroofs as model systems for understanding urban ecology.

VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014.

Beyond graduation: Celebrating lifelong changemakers

Architecture major Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich will be graduating this spring, taking his powerful newfound goals and expertise into the world as one of PSU’s many changemakers—people who fearlessly seek out solutions to problems others say cannot be solved. Watch Paul’s story, and then join us on June 20 for a celebration and exploration of lifelong changemakers at the Elevating Impact Summit in downtown Portland.

Exploring the intersection of structural systems and green building

The 5th Annual School of Architecture Symposium in April focused on the intersection of structural systems and green building. It aimed to examine the greater role structural systems should have in design, environmental impact, and green buildings.

Community building—one earthen bench at a time

The Portland-based nonprofit City Repair hosts an annual ten-day placemaking festival called the Village Building Convergence (VBC). This “festival” combines crowd-sourced activism, creative community development, and hands-on education and celebration. This year’s festival will take place between May 23 and June 1.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni

Green design for the down-and-out: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni, professor of architecture and director of the new Center for Public Interest Design at PSU.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening.