Marina Zurkow (guest lecturer at PNCA) makes media works about humans and their relationships to animals, plants and the weather. These reconfigured and inclusive notions of our environment have taken the form of animated videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, installations, prints, and participatory public art works.
Big thanks to Morgan O’Hara and Halley Roberts for coming into class last week! They gave a talk about their experience and projects in the PNCA MFA in Collaborative Design program, and then stuck around to give feedback to groups on their projects.
Check out the Collaborations blog, which highlights past and current projects of the MFA program as it navigates its first year.
Check out this article about the GOOD Ideas for Cities forum held in Portland on Thursday. ADX approached PNCA Collaborative Design to collaborate on our Marshall High School plan. It turned out pretty awesome. So then we helped present! Looking forward to see what comes of this.
The Good Kart is a proposal from the MFA students in Collaborative Design at PNCA. It is a vehicle of support for Portland teens. It offers fresh food, engaging activities, and supportive advocates.
Collaborative Design Team: Santigie Fofana-Dura, Sharon Dvora, Danielle Olson, and Mayank Sharma (Mentor)
The Social Life of Small Urdan Spaces
In the late 1970s, William H. Whyte (author of The Organization Man) took a leave of absence from his job at Fortune to study one of the issues he’d always cared most passionately about: cities. (While at Fortune he was the first to publish Jane Jacobs on the subject.) He started with a simple topic: public plazas. His hometown of New York City had recently begun giving developers incentives to build public plazas to give people some breathing room in the crowded city and he decided to investigate which plazas worked. He took to the task like a scientist, setting up time-lapse cameras with digital clocks and making charts and graphs and notes. And the conclusions he came to surprised everyone. The result was The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, which is one of my favorite books. This is the movie version.
PNCA Collaborative Design & Wieden + Kennedy
The Oregon Sustainability Center
PNCA’s collaborative design master’s students worked with Wieden + Kennedy to assist in research and ideation for interactive displays that explain the roll of The Oregon Sustainability Center. The students drew their inspiration form qualities of nature and categorized them into three groups, representation, aesthetics, and the story of the building. The ideas generated form the MFA students will be built into the design of the Action Center, a part of the structure dedicated to educational exhibits about the building.
The OSC is the collaborative vision of a unique public/private partnership between city and state government, higher education, nonprofit organizations and the business community.
At the core of this project is a 200,000+ square foot urban, mixed-use high rise positioned to become the regional hub for Portland and Oregon’s sustainability activities.
The Center will also be the world’s first “Living Building” of its scale. Adhering to the prerequisites of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge, the Center will produce 100% of its energy on site through self-sustaining energy generation and distribution systems; its design also includes integrated water reuse (for black, grey and storm water management), net-zero energy consumption and no carbon footprint.
Collaborative Design Team: Nick Barham(Mentor), Jamie Ostrov(Mentor), Matt Brown(Mentor), Emma Conley, Sharon Dvora, Laura DeVito, Halley Roberts, Joan Lundell, Danielle Olson, David Laubenthal, Lauren Schaefer, Chelsea Stephen and Katie Mays
Each day we flush our waist down treated drinking water, which is funny considering that in some parts of the world people are fortunate to have clean water to drink let alone shit in.
THE CLOACINA PROJECT with design and implementation from PNCA’s graduate students in Collaborative Design created an open source hardware platform for compostable toilets, urinals, hand sinks and privacy screens for portable low cost dry toilets. Recognizing that hardware is only half the problem the PNCA students addressed the user interface by creating a training protocol, help line using GroupMe and signage to assure the safe and hygienic conditions for the users.
- Molly Danielsson; PNCA Sanitation, Hygiene, and Integrated Technology (SHIT) Lab Mentor
Collaborative Design Team: Dave Laubenthal, Emma Conley, Halley Roberts, Dustin Freemont, Morgan Ohara, Chelsea Stephen
MFA Collaborative Design = design ecologies + systems thinking + cultural entrepreneurship
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Promotional video for KNOW WORK PROJECT
As one of the first assignments in the MFA in Collaborative Design curriculum at PNCA we were asked to design a “center” for complex problem solving. If it sounds complex…it was. We only brushed the surface of what could be a long arduous process of developing a community center out of an abandoned high school. Some of the unique aspects of the center would be the co-use of space between small businesses, a charter school and community spaces. There would be a large gardening operation that will supply vegetables and eggs to a restaurant run out of what was the cafeteria. There would be design build practices in the areas of solar engineering, architecture, information technology and permaculture. The completion of the project would surly lead to a renewal of the area in which the abandoned school is located. The name of the center is The Know Work Learning Lab or just Know Work Project for short.
Collaborative Design Team: Santigie Fofana-Dura, Sharon Dvora, Morgan O’Hara, Katie Mays, Joan Lundell and Don Harker(Mentor)