Julia Mollner, Center for Public Interest Design Converting construction mock-ups to meet social needs and avoid the landfill
About Useful Waste
Every year, exterior envelope construction mock-ups costing $5,000 to $20,000 end up in the landfill. Is there a better, more sustainable way? Our speaker, Julia Mollner of the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University, will present a step-by-step process, beginning in the pre-design phase, that highlights how mock-ups can be reused to meet different community needs. She’ll discuss the environmental, economic, and social benefits of treating mock-ups as Useful Waste, highlighting the role of the architect in making this possible. She is also seeking volunteers to aid in upgrading mock-ups donated to CPID, for instance by adding interior finishes, wiring, and roofing to a mock-up that has walls and floors. Join Architects Without Borders-Oregon for this informative and timely presentation.
About The Center for Public Interest Design (CPID)
The Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) is a research [+action] center at Portland State University that aims to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the growing needs of underserved communities worldwide. Through research and design, fieldwork, and public outreach, we promote a mode of practice that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all.
The CPID was established in 2013 in response to the critical need in underserved communities nationally and in developing nations for design practices that address issues such as inadequate shelter, food and water scarcity, disaster preparedness and recovery, and economic well-being. The work of the CPID builds upon several decades of progressive practice and research in public interest design of the center’s inaugural fellows and founding director, Sergio Palleroni. Based at PSU’s School of Architecture, the CPID fosters opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among professionals, faculty, students, and community partners in order to advance engaged design practices and the emerging field of public interest design.
The Center for Public Interest Design provides research, design, consulting, and community engagement services to address the persistent challenges facing our most vulnerable communities and ecosystems. Visit our projects page to see examples of the CPID’s ongoing work in Portland and in communities around the world.
Cover image courtesy Architects Without Borders – Oregon.