Tuesday 9th Apr 2019
5 – 8pm
at Open Signal
2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Portland, OR 97212
Put on by Design Portland
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Attendees will be invited to freely explore two VR experiences throughout the evening and participate in a summary panel discussion wherein design professionals, event partners, and community members address the opportunities and challenges they see in attempting to democratize access to this emerging technology as part of the placemaking process.

Experience 1: Reveal History
Partner: Vanport Mosaic + Sharita Towne + Matt Henderson (Portland Immersive Media Group)

Incorporating oral histories into a VR experience. Attendees will be able to experience the history of Vanport through a combination of recorded narrations, historical imagery, and Google Earth VR, gaining a new perspective and understanding of how communities have been affected by the planning decisions that have resulted in today's Portland, in both physical and virtual space.

Experience 2: Demo the Future
Partner: Bora Architects + Matt Henderson (Portland Immersive Media Group)

Attendees will be invited to explore a VR model of Bora’s conceptual design for Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District to demonstrate the kinds of assets communities could generate to promote alternative visions for urban design. Using live VR cameras in Open Signal’s studio, attendees in the VR space will be recorded and broadcast to those outside the model, showcasing the powerful emerging communication resources accessible to community members and designers.

Panel Discussion, Q+A (5:45 - 6:45 PM)
Panelists: Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic; Ridhi d’Cruz, The City Repair Project; Todd Ferry, PSU Center for Public Interest Design; Charles Kelly, ZGF Architects; Jeanie Lai, Bora Architects

Visual Artist: Alex Chiu

During the panel, the artists and experts will reflect on what worked well and what felt difficult in creating the experiences. They will also discuss how Open Signal can be a resource for communities to make use of this emerging media/communication technology. With Alex Chiu using VR painting software (Tilt Brush) to illustrate placemaking concepts during the discussion, will examine how this technology could be used as a tool in community visioning exercises. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share in a dialogue about what they see as the biggest possibilities and challenges posed by VR for these kinds of community-centered applications.

This event is part of Design Week Portland.