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.
Since the 1990s, students and faculty in the University of Oregon ceramics program have practiced repurposing used clay and glaze materials to create tiles, rather than mopping the waste down the drain, the de facto method for most ceramics studios. UO ceramics professor Brian Gillis will demonstrate the sophisticated process later this month at the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Portland.