On The Boards 

The Center for Public Interest Design has a number of exciting projects and collaborations in their early stages. Here are just a few. 

ISS Small Accessory Home Project for Portland

The goal of this project is to design small home prototypes as part of the creation and implementation of a system to greatly increase the supply of small accessory homes in the Portland, Oregon, region that can address issues of sustainability, equity, and economy in a meaningful way, as demonstrated through constructed prototypes. The CPID will be leading the design efforts in partnership with other groups assembled by PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions leading research on finance & development, land use regulations & politics, and partnership strategy and assessment.

Philippines Project

In the spring of 2016 the CPID began a collaboration with the University of Tokyo through a studio taught by Professors Sergio Palleroni and Kengo Kuma focused on exploring the role design can play in the Philippines most impoverished communities. Students traveled to the Philippines and experienced first-hand communities living on top of islands and shores of plastic waste washed up on the country's shores. This collaboration will continue to look at opportunities for small interventions to make build change.  

Earthquake Recovery in Ecuador

In April 2016 Ecuador suffered a devastating earthquake resulting in over 600 deaths and 27,000 injured. In conjunction with efforts from the University of Tokyo led by Professor Akiko Okabe, the CPID will be developing disaster-recovery and community resilience initiatives toward design-build efforts in the fall of 2017.   

Material Recovery and Reuse in Design (Mexico + USA) 

The CPID is partnering with Dr. Pedro Pacheco of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico, to create a joint project between graduate students at the PSU School of Architecture and students in their final year of studies at ITESM. This collaboration is intended as both an academic and cultural experience that will explore public interest design through a dual lens of local and global resources. Specifically, we will be looking at the resource stream used for construction and identifying impact the environment and the potential for these materials to aid people's ability to secure decent housing in both Mexico and the United States.

Village-Making in Portland

Following a successful initiative to activate Portland's architecture community to respond to houselessness through the design and creation of 14 "sleeping pods," the CPID has been involved in the design and planning for multiple villages. The design of these villages are informed by the communities that houseless partners are creating for themselves, and provide safe and dignified tiny houses with shared kitchen, bathroom, and gathering facilities. The CPID has worked with partners on the design and construction of the Kenton Women's Village which will be active transitional housing in June 2017.

Community Engagement Toward a Greener Seattle

Dylan Morgan with Portland-based Landscape Architecture and Urban Design studio, PLACE, will be working with CPID Student Fellows on community engagement efforts related to the firm's work toward a more healthy and sustainable neighborhood around Seattle Concord International Elementary School. This project is located in the working-class neighborhood of South Park, home to Seattle's most culturally diverse neighborhood, which also contains more children per capita than any other community in the city. This collaboration is part of the CPID"s efforts to work with leading local practitioners on public interest design practice. Dylan Morgan is one of this year's CPID Fellows of Practice.  


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