Social Environmental Architects blog documents the Designing the Future art exhibit at SEA Change Gallery in Portland, Oregon [ seagallery.wordpress.com ]. This blog is also intended to be a springboard for cross-polination between all people interested in building a socially inclusive and environmentally cooperative future.

Designing the Future: Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape, Transportation, and Social System Design

  • Art exhibit duration: April 1 – April 30, 2009
  • Read two articles about the exhibit posted on the website of Portland’s leading newspaper, The Oregonian. Article One , Article Two
  • Description: Architectural plans for coexisting with the environment, building community and transitioning from oil to sustainability. SEA Change Gallery is “wallpapered” with design plans for natural playgrounds, graywater systems, neighborhood energy utilities and more.
  • Concept: As the future of the earth hangs in the precarious balance of an unknown fate, SEA Change’s current exhibit unites Portland’s most progressive designers to foster cross-pollination that catalyzes future designs that will create an equal, peaceful, compassionate, and just future. This visual fusion of evolutionary designers—of art, architecture, landscapes, urban areas, and social systems—is putting the puzzle pieces together of how to integrate nature and society.
  • Artists/Designers/Architects:
  • Community Events: Download April’s Calendar 

                Open to the public, free unless noted otherwise.                 Meet ups = meet at SEA Change and bike/carpool to event     

  • April 7, 3:45 pm: Meet up: Trimet hearing @ Portland Building. TriMet is proposing to cut five bus routes entirely, cutting out a weekend day or making service less frequent or shortenening the route on many other routes, and making the MAX trains run less frequently.
  • April 10, 6:30-9pm: Heart and Soul Facilitation Training led by TransitionPDX
  • April 15, 6:30 pm – 7:00pm: Intro to Portland Upside, Portland’s all positive news source. Contibutor’s meeting will follow from 7-8:30pm public is welcome to stay and participate.
  • April 16, 8am: Meet up: Rising Tide Conference in San Francisco. Arts + ecological ethics conference held by California College of Art and Stanford University. RVSP asap to seagallery@gmail.com.
  • April 21, 6-8pm: Live Food “Uncooking” Class, see “classes” page for more information. $25-$45 (sliding scale)
  • April 22, 11 am: Earth Day! Meet at SEA Change for an Earth Day Field Trip! Hiking in Forest Park and picking up trash along the banks of the Willamette to make into an art sculpture!
  • April 22, 6-10pm: Earth Day Summit
    • 6-7pm Slide Show:  “Global Warming:  Challenges and Solutions,” based on Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” Slide show given by Janelle Hansen of N2E.
    • 7-8pm Presentation: John Sorenson of Northwest Neighborhood Energy (N2E) will discuss District Energy neighborhoods around the world as well as N2E’s proposed projects here in Portland.
    • 8-9pm Lecture: “Urban Density” led by Urban Architect Rick Potestio.
    • 9-10pm Discussion and Drinks.
  • April 23, 6-9pm: Public Social University, Theme: Water. See  “classes” page for more information.
  • April 2511am: Meet up: City Repair’s Earth Day Festival @ Wallace Park. Drawings of the “Tea Horse” are featured in SEA Change’s current art exhibit, this is your change to see the Tea Horse in person and drink tea under its heartshaped wings!
  • April 26, 3:30pm – 9pm: “Meeting of Minds” potluck and lectures given by Exhibiting Artists/Architects/Designers. Open to everyone interested in creating an equal, peaceful, compassionate, and just future.
    • 3:30pm Leon Smith of Planet Earth Playscapes
    • 5pm Lecture: Pdxplore + Rick Potestio
    • 6pm: Potluck. Bring a dish to share dinner + ideas with fellow architects and community members about how to design an incredibly environmentally friendly, socially inclusive city and world.
    • 7pm: Mark Lakeman of City Repair / Communitecture
    • 8pm: possible Ed Carpenter Lecture, tba
  • April 29, 7-9:30: Introduction to TransitionPDX. Learn how you can help to create a more resilient city, ready to respond to the challenges and opportunities of Peak Oil and Climate Change

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