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.
The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States. The event features lectures, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and nightly mixers. It is free and open to the UO community as well as the general public.
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.
UO researchers recently completed a major national study on the best ways to manage campus emergencies. The findings were spotlighted on The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) website. “The Umpqua Community College tragedy underscores the importance of campus emergency management programs,” said Robert Parker, of the Community Service Center, the program in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management that completed the study.
UO students are participating in a nationwide program to advance sustainable building design at architecture and planning schools.