Architecture graduate students at the UO in Portland are designing concepts to provide relief for the city’s unhoused population and to help ease them back into mainstream society. The students are in “Campus of Hope: Addressing Portland’s Homeless Crisis,” a design studio collaboration between the UO, Opsis Architecture, and Oregon Harbor of Hope to investigate the root causes of homeless and provide viable solutions for a homeless “campus” in inner city Portland.
When Willie Richardson moved from South Carolina to Oregon in 1978, she came with her three sisters and their families. Though the five adults and six kids traveled in cars rather than in a covered wagon, as African Americans from the South moving West to reinvent their lives, they were akin to pioneers.
A generous gift from Robert Gamblin, BS ’70, will provide seed funding for an art research center to “spark energy and interest and excitement” in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Gamblin, who serves on A&AA’s Dean’s Advancement Council, and his wife, Catherine, decided on the gift after lengthy discussions with the School.
A&AA’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) will collaborate with TriMet, the Portland region’s major transit agency, on dozens of multidisciplinary projects focusing on the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project starting in September. The project aims to bring transit, bicycle, roadway, and pedestrian improvements to communities in southwest Portland and southeast Washington County. Students will explore concepts related to urban mobility, climate change, environmental habitat and restoration, urban design and placemaking, and public outreach.
Housing design needs in Oregon and Portugal share surprising similarities. Both enjoy Mediterranean climates. Both face similar zoning and land use policy challenges. And both strive to provide affordable housing in challenging economic times.