What will Portland look like in 100 years? What does resiliency mean and how does it apply to Portland’s schools? What climate issues will we face in the next century?
Several of us here at THA formed a team to learn about these challenges and design solutions to address them last week, in a “Design Slam Competition” at the AIA Center for Architecture.
The competition format included several speakers on climate change and resiliency: Kathie Dello of Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Ralph DiNola of the New Buildings Institute, Jen Sohm of Portland Public Schools, and Eric Corey Freed of International Living Future Institute. Important topics included rising temperatures, larger rain events, dwindling natural resources, adaptability for natural disasters, and ultimate flexibility to address changing teaching pedagogy over the years.
Our studies included multiple topics such as density, adaptable transit, green space, city agriculture, stormwater capture, designing to achieve net zero energy, and public-private partnerships that support learning. It was a fun night capped off by a good discussion about the future of our schools. We look forward to seeing how Grant High School’s upcoming renovation will endeavor to address some of these ambitious goals.
And the results are… Team THA won the grand prize — $500 which will be donated to an educational organization in Portland!