RSVP for our #DWPDX Discussion on Resilience

The term ‘resilience’ is increasingly being used in architecture and urban planning to describe the durability, adaptability and flexibility of our built environment. With the increasing threat of volatile weather due to climate change, the high probability of a large-magnitude earthquake striking the region, and the slower moving but equally transformative effects of economic changes such as gentrification, we want to explore the role design plays in building resilience. How can resilient design be deployed to help us bounce back more quickly after a stressful event, while also serving as an enduring resource in the meantime?

We’re bringing this question to the public forefront with our own in-house session on Endurant Design at this year’s Design Week Portland. At this free public event, we’ll establish goals and design strategies to complement current efforts already under way. Our focus will be on the Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood.

Join us!
Wednesday, April 26, 5 to 8 p.m.
SERA Architects – 338 NW 5th Ave., Portland.
RSVP required: Register here.

More about the event

How can designers join in with other concerned citizens to build greater resiliency into our homes, businesses and neighborhoods?

SERA Architects invites you to visit our office in Old Town-Chinatown for an evening of discussion and active visioning around resilience as a design goal. SERA will display some of its past projects in an open house format that have incorporated aspects of resiliency as a central design goal. From there, we will springboard into an active workshop that will use break-out groups to identify opportunities and challenges in Portland at the scales of interiors, buildings and neighborhoods. Allied lines of thought, including civic ecology, biophilic design and regenerative design, will be introduced into the discussions to see how they might also contribute to our exploration of resilience.

The resulting ideas, questions, sketches, and speculations will then be folded into an online resource made available to the public. This is an opportunity for designers and the general public to come inside SERA to see what we’re up to, engage with the community, and learn how we can all enhance our skillsets with an eye to the future.


5 to 5:30 p.m.  Mingle with guests and SERA staff over drinks and hors’devours
5:30 to 5:45 p.m.  Welcome and event introduction
5:45 to 7:30p.m.  Break into small groups for visioning sessions
7:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Review and reflect on ideas that have emerged

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