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Lents: Creative Design Solutions for Southeast Foster (An Action-Oriented Community Conversation)


The University of Oregon Portland and the renowned Singer Studio are leading a graduate-level urban design studio class that begins in April 2019 and that will focus on sites east of I-205, along Southeast Foster Road and near Johnson Creek.

Michael Singer Studio is a multifaceted art, design, and planning firm focused on understanding and expressing each project’s environmental systems and interactions as well as exploring its social and educational potential.

Through a unique partnership, UO Portland, Michael Singer Studio, and Rose High Bear from Wisdom of the Elders, seek to use the power of design in this event to advance a conversation about inclusive and resilient urban futures.

Mindful of previous planning efforts, the goal is to develop integrated and creative solutions that address goals of food security, public safety, economic development, and improved flood mitigation and water management. We are hopeful that the urban design and redevelopment approaches we come up with honor the history, identity and aspirations of the community. To that end, we want to hear from you.

Please consider joining us in a design charrette over lunch (on us) at Leach Botanical Garden on the afternoon of Sunday, April 7th (noon – 3 pm). Over the course of the spring quarter at UO (April-June), we will be working with numerous professionals including hydrologists, artists, economists, and others. And yet what we really seek is a better understanding of the challenges community members experience and the hopes they have for their neighborhood.

We look forward to bring different perspectives for an action-oriented community conversation that may inform design proposals where community vision shines through.

Please feel free to contact us about any dietary restrictions.

If not a member of Portland Design Week, feel free to register directly through eventbrite:

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Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm



University of Oregon School of Architecture and Environment Portland

UO Portland provides opportunities for students to link their strengths with the aspirations and challenges of the communities we serve.