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University of Oregon presents ten architecture and design projects

Dezeen School Shows: a community centre geared towards preserving the safety of women is included in Dezeen's latest school show by students at the University of Oregon.

Also featured is a three-legged chair informed by Tim Burton's film style and a mixed-use redevelopment of Centennial Mills – a ruined industrial site in Portland, Oregon.

University of Oregon

Institution: University of Oregon
School: School of Architecture and Environment
Studios: ARCH486/586: Co-Living for Changing Families, ARCH 486/586: Food, Building, Performance: Architectures of Productive Urbanism, ARCH 486/586: A Living Lawrence, ARCH 486/586: Infill Repair Studio, ARCH 486/586: Architectural Competition for the Portland Museum of Art, ARCH 486/586: Urban Violence Laboratory, ARCH 486/586: Linking Architecture to Learning and Education, ARCH 486/586: Big-n-Tall Studio, IARC 486/586: CH(AI)RS and IARC 489/589: Interior Design Comprehensive Studio
Tutors: Nancy Cheng, Howard Davis, Tom Hahn, Clay Neal, Jim Tice, Elisandra Garcia-Gonzalez, Gerald Gast, Annie Kwon, John Szot, Cory Olsen, Linda Zimmer and Kelsey Buzzel

School statement:

"As the definition of 'family' evolves, innovative design thinking is needed for new household types. In Nancy Cheng's Co-Living for the Changing Family studio, students have envisioned inclusive communities where people can thrive through mutual support and sharing, and where spaces can adapt to changing household needs.

"The Food, Building, Performance: Architectures of Productive Urbanism studio involves the design of a complex urban building intended to advance the idea of the city as a place of cultural and/or economic production – as opposed to only a place of consumption. Each student will choose among several options for their program. Everyone will use the same site adjacent to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York.

"The project of the studio will be the design of changes to UO's Lawrence Hall that allow it to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), while also transforming the building to meet the needs of 21st century, equitable and engaging design education.

"The Infill Repair studio investigates the inequitable histories and legacies of land development and the built environment in Eugene, Oregon and surrounding communities as a way of informing an imagined, site-specific architecture of repair.

"In the Architectural Competition for the Portland Museum of Art studio, students are challenged with the design of new gallery and related spaces for the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art.

"The Urban Violence Laboratory studio is a platform to investigate, analyse and synthesise architectural and urban design interventions that disrupt systems of urban violence impacting communities and sites in Portland.

"Linking Architecture to Learning and Education is a studio of self-selected projects under a common framework. The studio is founded on the conviction that building human capital through education is the most important mission of our communities and cities, and that schools are catalysts for the promotion of equality, social justice, and opportunity.

"In the Big-n-Tall studio, we examine the very large building as a means for sustainable and sociable urban development. This studio focused on the communal potential of large buildings to enhance the ecological and socio-cultural profiles of our cities.

"In the furniture design studio,CH(AI)RS, students worked with Midjourney AI to explore the role that AI can play in the design field. Over the term over 2,000 iterations were developed which the class narrowed down to 15 for physical production. As designers the class had to post-rationalise the AI image to become a functional piece with ergonomics, joinery and materiality.

"The Interior Design Comprehensive Studio is a student directed project, giving each interior architecture student a forum to explore ideas and issues that are important to them as a designer and person, demonstrate knowledge and skills from previous coursework and to develop a strong independent research and design process."

Visualisation showing outdoor scheme with planting and gathering areas

The Reserve At Wilder by Caroline Graham

"The Reserve connects residents to nature with buildings organised around a bioswale system, accompanied by native plantings and viewing decks and gardens that act as outdoor gathering rooms.

"Varied expandable homes welcome residents from across the income spectrum, with courtyards that accommodate future growth."

Student: Caroline Graham
Studio: ARCH486/586: CO-LIVING for Changing Families
Tutor: Nancy Cheng

Visualisation showing mixed-use alleyway space

The Alley/Art Hub by Caroline Long

"The Alley, located in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York City, provides the local community and the growing population of artists with a central hub to create, explore, connect and express.

"Artists are provided with affordable studio spaces, fine arts educational courses and resources and a three-story gallery to showcase their craft.

"Funding for the educational resources is provided by market rate housing and commercial spaces, including a bar and cafe.

"The permeable ground floor acts as a node allowing for interaction between the landscape, the artists and the community."

Student: Caroline Long
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Food, Building, Performance: Architectures of Productive Urbanism
Tutor: Howard Davis

Visualisation showing housing scheme in corner of dog park

Crest Drive Affordable Housing by In Ho Jung

"The Crest Drive Affordable Housing project explores the possibility of converting a small portion of the Wayne Morse dog park – located within one of the wealthiest and racially segregated neighbourhoods of Eugene, Oregon.

"The project proposes a new affordable housing development, while ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the park's character.

"This approach aims to create an inclusive community that welcomes new, diverse neighbours, develop a neighbourhood-friendly design. It also provides functional and attractive spaces for park users, all while building strong connections with the surrounding environment."

Student: In Ho Jung
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Infill Repair Studio
Tutor: Clay Neal

Visualisation showing city block containing museum buildings

Portland Maine Museum of Art Expansion by Ben Vargas

"The Portland Museum of Art (PMA), founded in 1882, is Maine's largest and most visited art institution and is among the oldest museums in America.

"Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the museum encompasses a full city block of historically and architecturally significant buildings.

"The proposed expansion seeks to unify the existing site, while simultaneously creating a monument for the city of Portland.

"By dedicating the entire block to equitable public urban space, the new museum generates an inclusive 'bridge' between the existing buildings.

"The new extension is raised above the ground floor to create an effective link between the sculpture garden and new urban park."

Student: Ben Vargas
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Architectural Competition for the Portland Museum of Art
Tutor: Jim Tice

Visualisation showing exterior of blue and yellow building

Missing Middle (School): A Social Infrastructure Project for Portland by Ben Janes

"Missing Middle (School) argues for an infrastructural architecture focused on addressing social crises through the 'middle'. This includes centring wellness in design practice and the tectonics of space we employ.

"By celebrating infrastructural functionalism and scale to integrate a new middle school, social housing and other community programs into one cohesive site, it mounts a critique of both contemporary architectural practice and our piecemeal approach to addressing modern crises.

"In doing so, it understands that both the collective and the individual are unique but equally necessary parts of the same whole, and that no matter who we are or where we are, we deserve spaces to gather, connect, retreat and decompress."

Student: Ben Janes
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Linking Architecture to Learning and Education
Tutor: Gerald Gast

Diagrams showing proposed reuse of large mixed-use building

The Centennial by Ian Watson

"The prominent yet inaccessible Centennial Mills site has sat underutilised for over two decades despite its charming historic character, preventing access both to and along the Willamette River.

"The Centennial redevelopment is a maximalist mixed-use proposal that aims to provide much needed vibrant programming along Portland's riverfront.

"Providing over 550 units of housing interjected into a business complex with an accompanying museum space, the Centennial is the foundation to connecting the Pearl District and beyond to the river.

"This proposal provides spaces for small retail, a supermarket, two restaurants and a cafe/bar in addition to small parks that both provide access to the river for kayakers and paddle boarders along with views of East and West Portland.

"The capstone of the public reconnection to the river involves the construction of a pedestrian bridge from Fields Park that lofts over Amtrak lines and Naito Parkway, touching down at the newly extended Greenway Trail."

Student: Ian Watson
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Big-n-Tall Studio
Tutors: Annie Kwon and John Szot

Two photographs of a three-legged chair

AI Chair by Lindsay Smith

"This piece was developed in collaboration with the artificial intelligence interface Midjourney.

"A prompt of 'a chair inspired by Tim Burton in a minimalist Scandinavian style' was the starting point for generating iterations towards a selection to pursue into fabrication.

"The sharp angularity and spindly legs recall the playfulness of Burton's character designs. Fabricated in oak, the piece features a bent laminated backrest, turned tapered legs and a CNC-carved dish-shaped seat.

"The original image visually presents as a three-leg design, though subtly suggests a fourth concealed – in discussion we opted for a three-leg design as it will always be stable even on uneven floor surfaces."

Student: Lindsay Smith
Studio: IARC 486/586: CH(AI)RS
Tutor: Cory Olsen

Visualisation showing interior of learning hub

Universal Learning: The Heart by Shan Peterson

"The Heart is the central point from which learning and connection emerge. It aims to create a new environment that encourages creativity and adapts to the needs of all users.

"Through the addition of new learning environments and flex spaces, we are starting a conversation about what accessible learning for all user types entails.

"The goal of The Heart is to bring students and the community together while acknowledging differences without impeding participation."

Student: Shan Peterson
Studio: IARC 489/589: Interior Design Comprehensive Studio
Tutors: Linda Zimmer and Kelsey Buzzel

Visualisation showing building covered in transparent shell on city block

Her Block by Phebe Davis

"Women experience gender violence all too often – whether it be psychological, physical or sexual.

"Violence against women exists in all sectors of our lives: violence in politics (laws restricting access to abortion and gender affirming healthcare), violence in the workplace (unequal pay or sexual harassment), violence in healthcare (not being heard by healthcare providers), violence in education (being discouraged from pursuing 'masculine' fields, specifically those in STEM) and violence at home (domestic violence).

"I am interested in what constitutes a safe space for women. If we can create safe spaces for women, those spaces will be safe for most everyone.

"Once safety is achieved, empowerment can begin. This is how we will combat the violence that we experience, by creating a space that instills confidence in young women to fight back against the violent, patriarchal society that we exist in.

"I recognise that my project alone will not dismantle the patriarchal society in which we live, but will hopefully spark inspiration for others to try to design with women in mind."

Student: Phebe Davis
Studio: ARCH 486/586: Urban Violence Laboratory
Tutor: Elisandra Garcia-Gonzalez

Visualisation showing leafy university campus

Living Lady Lawrence by Yash Akhouri

"This project is a 21st century reimagining of Lawrence Hall, located on the University of Oregon Campus.

"This reimagining aims to be one of the first College of Design campus buildings in the United States to achieve full Living Building Challenge Certification.

"Conceptually, I focused on three approaches in the process of this project – the first approach uses mass-engineered timber to convey the long running history of timber production and use in the Pacific Northwest.

"The second approach focused on the idea of truth, where students are able to learn from the contents of the building itself with its expressed systems and connections.

"Lastly, the building approach of 'dense to delicate', in which the existing dense concrete structure is extended with a diaphanous timber scaffold, projects modular growth and the opportunity for vertical expansion in the future."

Student: Yash Akhouri
Studio: ARCH 486/586: A Living Lawrence
Tutor: Tom Hahn

Partnership content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of Oregon. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.