Events

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Events

There is always something happening in the School of Architecture & Environment. Join us for guest lectures, conferences, and research symposia. Most of these are free and open to the public. You can join our email list to receive our Upcoming Events weekly announcement and stay in the know about the latest happenings.

Mar 24
Spring Break12:00 a.m.

March 23–31
University of Oregon
Apr 5
"Aesthetics of Gentrification" SLOWLAB Conference9:00 a.m.

Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement International Conference UO Portland, April 5-6, 2019 Organized by SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary...
April 5 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
White Stag Block, TBD

Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement

International Conference
UO Portland, April 5-6, 2019

Organized by SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary conference at UO Portland’s historic White Stag Block brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields to explore the aesthetic dimensions of gentrification in the present era of accelerated urbanism.

Gentrification is reshaping cities worldwide, resulting in seductive spaces and exclusive communities that aspire to innovation, creativity, sustainability, and technological sophistication. Gentrification is also contributing to growing social-spatial division and urban inequality and precarity. In a time of escalating housing crisis and unaffordable cities, scholars speak of eco-gentrification, techno-gentrification, super-gentrification, and planetary-gentrification to describe the different forms and scales of involuntary displacement occurring in vulnerable communities in response to current patterns of development and the hype-driven discourses of the creative city, smart city, and sustainable city.

In this context, how do contemporary practices in art, architecture, and related fields help to produce or resist gentrification? What does gentrification look and feel like in specific sites and communities, and how is that appearance or feeling implicated in promoting stylized renewal to a privileged public? To what extent do the aesthetics of displacement travel globally between cities and cultures? And in what ways do those aesthetics express contested conditions of migration and mobility? Addressing such questions, this conference seeks to examine the relationship between aesthetics and gentrification in contemporary cities from multiple, comparative, and transnational perspectives.

Apr 10
HOPES Conferencenoon

HOPES[25] will take flight April 10-13, and we will come together from various backgrounds and disciplines to discuss this year’s theme, Destructive Idealism. Our way...
April 10–13
Lawrence Hall



HOPES[25] will take flight April 10-13, and we will come together from various backgrounds and disciplines to discuss this year’s theme, Destructive Idealism.

Our way of life is the product of decades of ideals—growth, individualism, the American Dream. While these ideals have inspired hard work and innovation, too often they lead to mass scale disruption of our environment. Like a double-edged sword, our ideals separate us from the reality of current issues and we respond with devastating complacency.

Destructive Idealism is both an attack on complacency and a pledge to resilience. In its 25th year, HOPES revisits the visions of past generations. We call for resilient thinking that transcends scales, anticipates challenges, and unrelentingly pursues a dynamic and equitable future.

To keep up-to-date as the conference approaches, follow us on Instagram: @hopesconference.


Apr 11
What is Technology? 5:00 p.m.

2019 marks the ten-year anniversary and ninth annual What is...? conference-experience. What is Technology? will examine interactions and transactions among...
April 11–13
White Stag Block

2019 marks the ten-year anniversary and ninth annual What is...? conference-experience.

What is Technology? will examine interactions and transactions among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination, to navigate our everchanging world. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving in all domains of life. The conference-experience will enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research by cultivating information and communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, medicine, and environments.

Plenary Participants: 
• Eric Schatzberg (Georgia Tech)
• Victoria Vesna (UCLA)
• Colin Koopman (Univ. of Oregon)
• Nandini Ranganathan (PNCA)
• Clifford Christians (Univ. of Illinois)
• Carolyn Marvin (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
• Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale)
• Kenji Williams (NASA)
• Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue Univ.)
• Mark Bedau (Reed College)
• Carolyn R. Miller (North Carolina State Univ.)
• Donna Z. Davis (Univ. of Oregon)
• Peter Golding (Univ. of Glasgow, England)
• Lana Rakow (Univ. of North Dakota)
• Melissa Gregg (Intel Corporation)
• Scott Stoud (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
• Amber Case (Institute for the Future)

Early Bird Registration Open!
 

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