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GOOD Ideas for Portland: A Wrap-Up

We will ask a lot of questions. We may come up with some answers, but more than likely we will uncover more questions. We will read, we will research, we will write, and we will talk. We will collaborate with each other, take walks, go on field trips and learn to see the world around us through a new lens. We will engage in inquiry and exploration.

Design exists in THE WORLD, and so it would be a disservice to all of us to stay inside a classroom the whole term. We will be using the world around us as a living learning laboratory. 

The purpose of this class is to think critically about the practice of design. You are studying to be a graphic designer, and in order to make successful and relevant work, you must THINK as well as MAKE. This class is intended to make your brain explode. 

In a good way.

—Excerpted from Design Thinking syllabus, Winter Term 2012

On March 16, five teams of students gathered at a community workspace in Portland’s Southeast Industrial district to present their ideas for a better Portland. The evening of public presentations was the culmination of their final project for Design Thinking, a course I taught last term within Portland State University’s graphic design department. We named the event GOOD Ideas for Portland, a twist on GOOD Ideas for Cities, the amazing initiative we partnered with to make this project happen. As the audience started filing in, we quickly realized we didn’t have enough chairs; the snacks went fast and the wine went faster, and by the time Alissa Walker welcomed the crowd, there was standing room only.

Documentation of the GOOD Ideas for Portland event and student presentations at ADX on March 16.

Thank you to Ryan Bush and Justin Flood for these photographs!

See more here.

GOOD Ideas for Cities: Student response by Paige Lehmann

PSU graphic design student Paige Lehmann presented a project alongside the rest of Team Rescue at the GOOD Ideas for Portland event at ADX on March 16. Here is her response to the experience, it continues after the jump. I’ll be posting bits and pieces of student work from last term on this blog. Stay tuned for more! 

We were standing in front of a crowd of over 100 people. The lights were down but for a projector pointed at us, making us bright while the crowd ebbed into a sea of empty faces. I faltered; we had some technical difficulties with figuring out our slides, and my fear of not entertaining people soaked through. And then, in the distance, I saw them: a pair of bright glasses. They were Jason Sturgill’s. He came to the presentation! Those glasses were uber-reassuring, and I picked up the stroke and went on. That was, for me, one of the defining moments of our presentation. 

I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous. I can’t say that I didn’t practice all the time, in weird places. Like while driving. While taking a bath. In front of the TV. I bartered: five minutes of practice and I can watch Arrested Development. I can’t say that we didn’t work really hard for this. And I can’t say that all of our work seemed worth it. But somehow, it was. We pulled it off, for the most part. I felt paralyzed without my notes, and I almost lost them right before we went up (left them at the wine bar, with the wine and the fancy cheese and the empty donut hole bowl). 

GOOD Ideas for Cities: Team Good Times

For their final project in Nicole Lavelle’s Design Thinking class at Portland State University, student teams identified, researched and designed solutions to urban challenges unique to Portland. In conjunction with GOOD Ideas for Cities, the students presented their solutions at a public event called GOOD Ideas for Portland. This series of posts documents those presentations. Find more information about the project and event here!

Team: Team Good Times
Members: Corbin Lamont, Gregor Holzmann, Collin May

Challenge: Portlanders hibernate. Parks and spaces that are bustling with activity during the summer are almost vacant for more half the year. What can we do to bring the community together during winter for safe, fun, all-ages events?

Solution: Team Good Times looked to themselves and their friends for inspiration for their urban challenge: Portland is wet, cold and dreary in the winter. Most of us stay inside and watch Netflix. What could get people out into Portland during the soggy winter months? The team devised a modular tent system to create dry, heated spaces within some of the city’s many parks. The tents would pop up in partnership with local businesses, who would care for the indoor parks in exchange for the use of the space. Free haircuts, poetry workshops, dinner parties and study hours are just a few of the uses Team Good Times proposed for their series of tent parks.

Presentation: See the complete presentation after the jump!

GOOD Ideas for Portland: Team Transportation

For their final project in Nicole Lavelle’s Design Thinking class at Portland State University, student teams identified, researched and designed solutions to urban challenges unique to Portland. In conjunction with GOOD Ideas for Cities, the students presented their solutions at a public event called GOOD Ideas for Portland. This series of posts documents those presentations. Find more information about the project and event here!

Team: Team Transport
Members: Alie Kouzoukian, Ruben Cadena, Gavin Van Houten

Challenge: Trimet is facing an enormous budget shortfall. Reductions are being planned for September 2012 that will affect all aspects of the public transportation system, impacting many Portland citizens. How can revenues be increased to make sure that Trimet can continue to provide affordable and reliable service for all? 

Solution: Team Transport embarked on a rigorous research process, engaging the public to seek opinions and gauge impact of public transportation in Portland . They approached their challenge with a  three-tiered solution. First, they suggested improving the experience of the ride by making Trimet FUN. Vending machines, ride free days and wifi on all trains would make riding the bus more enjoyable. Second, they devised a series of incentive-based approaches to encourage more riders, rethinking the function of the ticket. And finally…the blackout! Team Transport proposed taking away service for one day to highlight the importance of a functioning public transportation system in the city. They argued: “Sometimes, you only know the value of something when it is taken away.”

Presentation: See the complete presentation after the jump!

GOOD Ideas for Portland: Team Rescue

For their final project in Nicole Lavelle’s Design Thinking class at Portland State University, student teams identified, researched and designed solutions to urban challenges unique to Portland. In conjunction with GOOD Ideas for Cities, the students presented their solutions at a public event called GOOD Ideas for Portland. This series of posts documents those presentations. Find more information about the project and event here!

Team: Team Rescue
Members: Paige Lehmann, Jesse Weeg, Yoshimi Kawabata

Challenge: Portland’s Emergency Alert system relies heavily on telecommunications and, while their last alert test was successful, it took twice as long as predicted. At the same time, few Portlanders are prepared for an emergency. How can we both improve Portland’s alert system and prepare our community in case an emergency strikes? 

Solution: Team Rescue took on the challenge of preparing Portlanders for a natural disaster as well as thinking about improvements to the city-wide disaster alert system. Using the existing infrastructure of the Trimet public transportation system, Team Rescue transformed busses and trains into mobile rescue units. They designed a summer festival on the waterfront wherein the cost of admission gave each attendee an emergency preparedness kit. The team wrapped up their presentation by handing out checklists to the crowd to help them prepare their own kits for a natural disaster.

Presentation: See the complete presentation after the jump!

GOOD Ideas for Portland: Front Yard Project

For their final project in Nicole Lavelle’s Design Thinking class at Portland State University, student teams identified, researched and designed solutions to urban challenges unique to Portland. In conjunction with GOOD Ideas for Cities, the students presented their solutions at a public event called GOOD Ideas for Portland. This series of posts documents those presentations. Find more information about the project and event here!


Team: The Front Yard Project
Members
Joel Stein, Lyndsay Ediger, Nathan Sonenfeld

Challenge: The Willamette River is an attractive natural feature of Portland. It runs right through our city, but still isn’t a source of local pride or a site for activity. How then, do we turn the Willamette River into Portland’s “front yard,” an inspiring place of community for Portlanders to use and socialize with others?

SolutionThe Front Yard project looked at the Willamette River as a site for engagement, and set out to understand how to increase the value of the beautiful natural feature in the hearts and minds of Portlanders. Their solution proposed a number of alternative uses for the river, each designed to get more people to the water. Floating gardens, swing sets, water taxis and a system of lights would, they argued, get instill a sense of civic pride in the average Portlander.

Presentation: See the complete presentation after the jump!

I’m pleased to announce our panel line-up for the GOOD Ideas for Portland event coming up THIS WEDNESDAY!
We’ll have…
Carl Alviani, Writer, ZIBA DesignMathew Foster, Multidisciplinary CreativeSarah Mirk, Author, News writer at Portland MercuryBelin Liu, Creative Engineer at Atelier AceMorgan O’Hara, Candidate, PNCA MFA in Collaborative Design
…to give live feedback to all of the presenting groups! Thank you everyone for participating.
Super exciting. Can’t wait.
Remember, March 14! Drinks at 6:30, event at 7! At ADX! Everyone is invited. More information about the event and program here.

I’m pleased to announce our panel line-up for the GOOD Ideas for Portland event coming up THIS WEDNESDAY!

We’ll have…

Carl Alviani, Writer, ZIBA Design
Mathew Foster, Multidisciplinary Creative
Sarah Mirk, Author, News writer at Portland Mercury
Belin Liu, Creative Engineer at Atelier Ace
Morgan O’Hara, Candidate, PNCA MFA in Collaborative Design

…to give live feedback to all of the presenting groups! Thank you everyone for participating.

Super exciting. Can’t wait.

Remember, March 14! Drinks at 6:30, event at 7! At ADX! Everyone is invited. More information about the event and program here.