PUARL - Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory

Fall 2013 International PUARL Conference


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UPDATE: The PUARL 2013 registration page is now live! https://center.uoregon.edu/PUARL/2013/registration/

Early bird registration has been extended to October 15.

International Keynote Speakers:

Johann Jessen, Technical University of Stuttgart, Germany
"Challenges for Reurbanization in German Cities"

Masami Kobayashi, Meiji University,Tokyo,Japan
"Regenerative Design in the Fukushima Region"

Peter Baumgartner, University of Krems, Austria
"Interdisciplinary Pattern Approach in Education and Architecture."



After the successful completion of the first two International PUARL Conferences at the University of Oregon in Portland in the Fall of 2009 and 2011, we at the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory, PUARL, are pleased to announce the next biennial conference titled "Battle for the Life and Beauty of The Earth." It will focus on problems and issues that we are facing in urban environments and buildings throughout the world today. This conference will take place in Portland, OR in the Fall of 2013, November 1-3, in cooperation with the Collaboration for Inclusive Urbanism, CIU.

Taken from the title of the new book by Christopher Alexander, Hans Joachim Neis, and Maggie Moore Alexander, this year's conference will focus on the variety of ways in which urban environments and urban buildings, as well as their design and production, can support life, beauty, and wholeness, in addition to confronting the challenges implicit in attaining these goals. Life as a complex web of relationships, as an emergent process over time, and as a human feeling will be discussed in terms of complexity theory, pattern theory, ecology, sustainability, and landscape to address contemporary discourses and debates in environmental design, urban design, and urban architecture.

The three main themes that will be emphasized in this conference are:
Inclusive Urbanism & the Ecosystems of Cities
Building Production for a More Beautiful & Resilient World
(Re)Generative and Emergent Processes

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UO students are encouraged to contact PUARL if interested in attending or volunteering.


Fall Symposium 2011


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What? The Fall 2011 PUARL Symposium: Generative Process, Patterns, and the Urban Challenge.

When? Events begin the evening of October 28, 2011 and run through the afternoon of October 30th.

Where? The White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street home to the University of Oregon's Portland Campus, located in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown district.

Why? To learn about and discuss new ideas in the field of urban design.

How? We'll post details about registration here. Plan your route to the White Stag Building using Trimet's trip planner, and find a selection of places to stay through this website.


"Generative Processes, Patterns and the Urban Challenge"



Following the successful completion of the first International PUARL Symposium in the Fall of 2009, and its publication in 2010, we are pleased to announce the next conference in this series contributing to the burgeoning global development of new Pattern Language approaches. Our next event will be at the beautiful University of Oregon Campus in Portland in the Fall of 2011.

In this year's topic we will start to explore the nature of generative process, generative design, and their relation to pattern languages and the practical urban challenges that we are facing now and in the near future.

Generative Design, an applied topic within generative science, tries to understand and conceptualize the world and its complex structure as a generative process. Generative Design approaches design problems by formulating limited parameters, principles, and rules that interact with each other to create richness of life and behavior, and limitless variation of form, shape and place. Generative design spans a large range of applications from digital computer generated production and algorithms that generate designs and ornaments to communal design, generative urban design, and building efforts expressed in generative codes. As Christopher Alexander observes: "Generative Codes evolved from Pattern Languages but they are much more sophisticated generating systems. A generative code is a system of unfolding steps that enables members of a community to create a healthy urban neighborhood or urban district. The steps are governed by rules of unfolding that are not rigid or limiting, but depend on context, and on what came before. The rules operate organically and mimic nature's process of unfolding an organism or landscape."

Generative process explores the world as an emergent process at several levels of scale and with regard to different modes, including but not limited to physical, artistic, musical, and social cultural as well as economic themes. At the urban design, planning and architectural level, communal generative processes are of specific interest in this conference. How can generative processes and generative (urban) design help to solve some of the current Urban Challenges that we face in our cities, neighborhoods, streets and parks. And how can interdisciplinary generative processes help to create and maintain working neighborhoods and sustainable and whole communities, urban districts and livable streets?

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