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Architectural Design Transition Studio 4 (ARCH 573) Spring 2019
Architectural Design Transition Studio 4 (ARCH 573) Spring 2019

In this studio, we will focus on mitigation and first response to natural disasters at the neighborhood scale. Specifically, we will be exploring the effort by local authorities to help create a network of public spaces equipped to help communities throughout the city to deal with the immediate impacts of the disaster and provide a supportive framework for neighborhoods as they organize their recoveries. The importance of these neighborhood hubs has emerged from observations in the field of how communities respond to disasters. People gravitate to public spaces, or neighborhood ‘hubs’, after a disaster, to search out human contact, relief and ways to help/ organize relief. The importance of these ‘sites’ to the success of the response and recovery of a community after a natural disaster has been broadly documented and forms the basic proposition of this studio. What would a series of public spaces already programmed and integrated into the community, where members of the community have been trained to provide services and aid, look like in Portland?