Call for Papers! / by CPID

Building on the Common Ground

Portland State University School of Architecture and Center for Public Interest Design                                            

January 20, 2017



Structures for Inclusion Conference 2017

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

April 6 - 9, 2017

For seventeen years, the purpose of the Structures for Inclusion conference has been to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served by the design professions. Continuing that tradition, Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), DesignBuildXchange, and Live Projects Network, in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design at the Portland State University School of Architecture, are pleased to announce the call for papers for BUILDING ON THE COMMON GROUND: Structures for Inclusion conference, taking place in April, 2017.

For the first time, these three international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. The conference will explore this common ground both through the example provided by the award-winning projects that will be recognized and discussed, and by insights provided by papers exploring the possible benefits of collaboration. So while each network has a unique focus, the call for papers, like the project submissions, acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design projects and processes and their social, economic, environmental and pedagogic impacts. To that end, we invite submissions for paper presentations that explore the issues facing all participants in DesignBuild, Public Interest Design, and Live Projects. The paper presentations are meant to stimulate a shared conversation amongst all attendees (within networks or working independently) on parallel issues faced in reaching those un- or under-served by design. The goal is to stimulate dialogue by evaluating and disseminating best practices, methods and critical problems faced by the network hosts and conference attendees. The conference welcomes a diversity of contributions from established and early career researchers; teachers; students; practitioners; co-professionals; collaborators and experts from other fields. Inter-disciplinary contributions from related fields are also welcome.

Please share this call for papers with your faculty, students, and associates.


3 February 2017

 – Deadline for abstract submission for Paper proposals.

13 February 2017

 – Notification of acceptance for Papers and Workshops.

7 April 2017

 – Paper Presentations at Conference

21 April  2017

 – Deadline for submission of Full Papers (note that this date is after the conference and reflects the conference organizers desire that each contributor have an opportunity to benefit from the discussions and input at the paper sessions and conference)

Learn more about the dates, criteria, and submission requirements.

Center for Public Interest Design
Portland State University School of Architecture