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Learning Activism: Hosted by AIA Portland and Portland State University
Date: April 9 — 10, 2010
Location: Portland State University Department of Architecture

Learning Activism

The American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter, in conjunction with Portland State University's Department of Architecture and in support of Portland Public Schools, is hosting a Symposium that looks at the growing role of the citizen architect.  This movement redefines the traditional practice of architecture to include tangible service to the public good.  Meet the visionary leaders of this shift, take part in discussions with other community-minded designers and be an activist - if only for a day.  Presentations and forums will conclude with a group design Charrette to address one of the real needs in Portland's schools.

Event Cost
$50 for AIA members, $60 for non-members. Regular attendees register by clicking "Event Registration" link above.

*100 free tickets are available for UO and PSU students.  Students: Register at

Click "Event Registration" above to begin the event registration process.

Friday April 9th Forums

Panel 1: Activism within the Profession
8:30 - 10:00 am
                    Dave Otte - Holst Architecture
                    John Peterson - Public Architecture, San Francisco    http://www.publicarchitecture.org
                    Moderators - PSU and UO Student
                         1 CEU

Panel 2: Learning Activism through Education
10:15 - 11:45 am
                    Michael Hughes - University of Arkansas   www.trailerwrap.net and http://www.flickr.com/photos/awolhughes/sets/72157603177174512
                    Danny Wicke - Rural Studio, Auburn University   http://cadc.auburn.edu/soa/rural-studio/Default.aspx
                    Moderators - UO and PSU student
                         1 CEU

Panel 3: In the Trenches with Communities in Need
1:00 - 2:30 pm
                    John Blumthal - Architects without Borders - Oregon
                    Margarette Leite & Sergio Palleroni - BASIC Initiative / Adopt a School Program, PSU Professors  basicinitiative.org
                    Moderators - PSU and UO student
                         1 CEU

Wrap Up: Judith Heerwagen   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biophilia_hypothesis
2:45 - 3:30 pm     Environmental Psychology in Design
                         1 CEU

Saturday April 10th   Charrette
Portland Public School District, like many school districts, struggles with shifts in enrollment at its neighborhood schools.  The most common solution for temporary enrollment increases is to install modular classrooms.  While PPS invests in improvements, the products that are available and economical have a long way to go to be the high quality learning environments our students deserve.  What if there was a better way to design truly modular, scalable, sustainable, beautiful and affordable temporary classrooms that also provide a great learning environment?  Join us as we work together to brainstorm solutions to a problem faced by school districts across the country.

Note: Space is limited for the Saturday Charrette.  Please indicate in the event registration if you plan to attend the charrette (listed under "sessions").

Charrette Schedule  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5 CEUs

PSU Student Research Presentation
Modular Building Presentation - Paul McKean, Paul McKean Architecture
Description of Charrette Options
Break into Groups
Topic Options
          Indoor / Outdoor classroom spaces
          1.     New Modular design options for PPS
          2.     Existing Modular - What do we do with them?
          3.     Permanent Modular
Work Session I
Work Session II
Presentation of Draft Results

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