The Rural Studio slide lecture by
Andrew Olds and Ross Lackey
Andrew Olds and Ross Lackey are recent graduates of the Rural Studio,
an architecture education program at Alabama's Auburn University
that was founded in 1993 by the late architect Samuel Mockbee.
Students of the program devote part of their coursework to
creating beautiful, functional housing and other structures for
impoverished rural communities in western Alabama. What's
especially unusual is that the structures are built largely from
extremely low-cost, locally available, recycled materials,
including discarded auto tires and cardboard bales. Andrew and
Ross, now working as architects in Portland, will tell you all
about the Rural Studio and the projects they carried out while
they were students there.
Dignity Village Tour slide lecture by
Jack Tafari is a resident and council chairman of Dignity Village, a "tent
city" that formed in 2000 after Portland's anti-camping
ordinance was overturned. Beginning as eight tents under a
bridge, the original "Camp Dignity" has evolved into a community
of about sixty people that includes semi-permanent homes and
common buildings, a vegetable garden, a windmill, and an elected
government. Residents of the sustainable community, temporarily
located at a city composting facility on the western outskirts
of the airport, are working hard to find a permanent home.
Tafari, who has lived at Dignity Village for more than a year
and been an active spokesperson for the experiment, will give a
virtual tour of the community.
Columbia Villa slide lecture by Mark
Mark Hansen is a third grade teacher and a member of the
Lecture Series Steering Committee. Many of his students at
Clarendon Elementary School live at Columbia Villa, Portland's
largest and oldest federal housing project. Presently, a
planning process is underway that will culminate in the
demolition of Columbia Villa and the construction of a new
housing/multi-use development in its place with funds from the
federal government's Hope 6 program. Over the past year, Mark
has studied the intriguing history of the site and asked his
students to imagine their vision of the future housing
community. He'll share his thoughts and theirs, and offer a
preview of what's to come.
Archigrams exhibit by Natalie
Natalie Severson presents scenes of futuristic pod
Giant Building Blocks
Construct your own structures with our giant building
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