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Narratives of Participation: Chamanga and the Vertical University

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

White Stag Block, White Box
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

Priyanka Bista, University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment Faculty Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice

Sergio Palleroni, Director, Center for Public Interest Design, Portland State University

The lecture and conversation will focus on the participatory approaches adopted by two architectural projects, the Chamanga project in Ecuador and the Vertical University project in Nepal. 

The Vertical University project, co-founded by Priyanka Bista, embraces the vertical gradient of Nepal that spans across 8,000 meters from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The project was developed in collaboration with local communities across this region to safeguard and teach about the biodiversity found within this gradient including over 800 bird species, 6,000 plant species, and 180 mammals. The lecture traces stories of successes and failures of participation from three communities within this eastern region: Namje, Yangshila, and Koshi Tappu.

Portland State University faculty members and students led by Sergio Palleroni, in response to the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, helped design and create a new cultural center to replace the destroyed headquarters of a local organization that provided dance, music, and other cultural services for the youth. The lecture will trace the narratives of participation that occurred over the course of a two-year period including universities across three continents and local communities from Ecuador.

The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments provided.