PUARL - Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory


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Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10am to 4pm
PUARL Lecture on Friday, February 27 (open to the public)
University of Oregon Portland White Stag Building, First Floor Event Hall

PUARL Purpose
The purpose of the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL) is to make a link between the faculty and students of the University of Oregon and the people and institutions in Portland that are building and shaping the city of Portland—architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, developers, City and METRO officials and staff in sustainable ways, for the future.

It is expected that PUARL will operate through projects and studios that are ‘joint ventures’ between The University of Oregon’s School of Architecture & Allied Arts (A&AA) and different firms and institutions in Portland. Some of these will be funded, and others not—but all will be intended to deal with issues and problems in the city and metropolitan area.

PUARL Symposium Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10am to 4pm
In order to give these activities focus, an invitation-only conference will be held for Winter 2009, to take place at the White Stag Building. The one-day meeting will have as its goal the identification of issues and projects that PUARL can contribute to the city and the region. These projects will represent a match between the capabilities of A&AA in Portland and needs of firms, agencies and community groups in Portland.

The meeting will have about a 12-16 participants in total, including:

  • representatives of PUARL/A&AA
  • developers
  • Portland City and METRO planning people
  • architects/representatives of architecture firms
  • urban designers
  • representatives of community groups

The meeting will be structured as follows:

10-12 Short presentations will deal with the following:

  • Structure and capabilities of PUARL and AAA/Portland
  • Existing and past projects carried out by PUARL and its members
  • What the different firms and agencies do, that might be of interest to PUARL

  • 12 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1 - 3:00 Open discussion, facilitated in a way that will help identify specific ways in which ‘partnerships’ between PUARL and these different entities will work, and specific projects that PUARL might take on.
  • 3 - 3:30 Coffee break
  • 3:30 - 4 Summary of Discussion

In addition, the quarterly PUARL lecture will be given one day earlier, Friday February 27th, and is open to students and the public.