KTVA: Anchorage Museum debuts exhibit on homelessness
Author: KTVA
Posted: February 10, 2020
Sleeping pods featured on KTVA An exhibit in Anchorage, Alaska, features sleeping pods from PSU's School of Architecture. Watch the clip at KTVA's website to hear more from Todd Ferry, associate director of the School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design. 

This spring, Anchorage voters will decide whether to tax alcohol sales to help provide shelter for the city's homeless residents. The Anchorage Museum is adding to the conversation with some ideas on how to do that. 

On Friday, the museum is debuting "Houseless," an exhibit designed to engage the public by putting faces to numbers and providing a space to represent their thoughts visually. 

"Houseless" features four components:

The National Building Museum’s traveling exhibition "Evicted,"

  • A presentation of the micro-dwelling housing initiative from Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design,
  • "We are all homeless," a long-term project by designer Willie Baronet,
  • "What if," a space for responses by local designers as well as community discussions and dialogue.
  • "It's not suggesting that we are an authority on this topic, per se, but we are providing a space and a place for the community to have that discussion," said Kamu Kakizaki, a senior director at the Anchorage Museum and a lead on the "Houseless" project. 

The exhibit also features a panel discussion with Todd Ferry, a designer with Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design. CPID is a collaborator in the Partners on Dwelling initiative in Portland. Some of those housing models involved include villages comprised of microdwellings, or tiny homes. 

"You're not just doing a traditional model where you have to raise millions of dollars and it takes years and these huge processes of doing large buildings," said Ferry. "When you have a coalition, then everyone's contributing a small piece."

The discussion titled Problem Solving Through Design, starts in the museum's auditorium at 6:15 p.m. Friday.