How did Portland come to be the city that it is today? Beyond people and historical context, cities are also influenced by design: the inventions, systems and objects that change the development of society in unexpected, and often unseen ways.
This Thursday evening, join five of the city's most design-fascinated writers as they uncover the hidden role that design has had in making Portland, Portland. In a series of 10 minute talks, they'll explain how various designed artifacts have helped make this one of the world's most creative cities, in ways that can still be felt today.
Please note, the event will conclude early enough for interested attendees to make the Designspeaks event with Jeff Kovel, 7:30pm at The Cleaners.
Speakers and topics:
- Matthew Stadler, award-winning novelist and urban design critic
- Karla Starr, journalist and science writer for The Atlantic, Slate and Scientific American
- Carl Alviani, researcher and writer at Ziba Design
The Triggered Oscilloscope
- Randy Gragg, architecture and design critic, editor-in-chief of Portland Monthly magazine
The Portland Open Space Sequence
- Chris Higgins, novelist, writer for Mental Floss magazine and iPhone app designer
- Rick Turoczy, editor of Silicon Florist and co-founder of PIE