The fast-paced urban development of China has created great opportunities for architectural designers. Six architects from Shanghai’s biggest firm will explain about the special pressures and delights of working on very large projects. They will discuss ways to maintain the regionalism of architecture within the context of globalization. They will discuss how aspects such as urban density, infrastructure investment and construction methods impact what can be built. Students interested in the ArcPlus (formerly Xian Dai) Summer Internship in Shanghai can hear about how young designers work within large teams.
The National Urbanism Next Conference is back in Portland, OR May 7-9!
Last year, the discussion was focused on how technology is changing cities. This year, we will explore the ways that technological innovations can be harnessed to achieve desired outcomes. What has been tried? What has worked? What has not worked? What should we try next? How can the private and public sectors collaborate to ensure that desired outcomes drive technological innovation rather than the other way around?
An interdisciplinary group of experts from the public, private, and academic sectors will come together to discuss recent innovations, research findings, pilot projects, collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors, and much more!
The National Urbanism Next Conference is a collaboration between the University of Oregon and the National and Oregon Chapters of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Urban Land Institute Northwest.
Visit the Urbanism Next website to register for the conference, and to find detailed information about conference sessions, accommodations, and sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.
Early registration is available through Friday, April 12. Register now to save!
2019 Fuller Lecture Presented by Kotchakorn Voraakhom:
With today’s constantly fluctuating climates cause rising sea levels, storm surges, and unexpected heavy rainfall,-low-lying cities across the globe are bracing for similar disasters: urban flooding. As sea levels rise and concrete infrastructure multiplies, Bangkok is sinking 2 centimeters every year.
But for the first time in 30 years of rapid urban development, an invaluable property at the heart of the city wasn’t turned into another block for commercial use, but instead, a public park for people. Opened in 2017, Chulalongkorn Centenary Park is the first critical piece of green infrastructure in Bangkok to mitigate detrimental ecological issues and disaster risk reduction. Unlike other public parks around the city, this one is the first in Thailand to demonstrate how a park can help reduce urban flood risks and help city confronts climate change, all while offering city dwellers a place to reconnect with nature. Designed with various ecological design components, the park reminds the city of ways to live with water, rather than fear it.
Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect who works on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in sinking cities.
Kotchakorn never thought her childhood playtime favorites--boat paddling with friends in the floodwaters in front of her house--would later become a catastrophic disaster: a sinking city. On a mission to save her hometown from climate change, Voraakhom has founded landscape architecture design firm Landprocess and Porous City Network, a social enterprise working to solve urban environmental problems and increase urban resilience across Southeast Asia by aiding, engaging and educating climate-vulnerable communities about productive landscape design.
Building a park may sound easy, but not in Bangkok, where Voraakhom and her team has turned an invaluable commercial property in the heart of the city, into a flood-proof, water-retention public green space, the Chulalongkorn Centenary Park. Alongside, she is also a design consultant for a major redevelopment project for Bangkok’s 250th anniversary. Voraakhom is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Atlantic Fellow, and Asia Foundation Development Fellow. She received her master's in landscape architecture from Harvard University.
Join us for the 2019 College of Design Commencement Ceremony and the presentation of the Ellis F. Lawrence Medal.
College of Design Commencement details are available on the College of Design website.
There will be a reception prior to the College of Design ceremony from 1:00–3:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard. We encourage students to bring their families and friends to engage and mingle with faculty and fellow students.