Event Details

Green Dreams: Spatial Justice with Liz Ogbu

Portland Parks Foundation

Online event

Start Date: 03/17/2021 5:00 PM

End Date: 03/17/2021 7:00 PM

In the last year, Portland's parks and public spaces have faced growing challenges. The pandemic muted the city’s normally bustling street life. The humanitarian crisis of houselessness has left vulnerable Portlanders on the streets. Monuments have been toppled or officially removed for reconsideration. Public buildings, institutions, arts organizations, and private businesses have been damaged or vandalized.  

At the same time, marches, street theater, sculptures and murals have transformed our parks and public spaces into stages and canvases filled with urgent and creative calls for meaningful change.

Portland’s once-nationally celebrated 50-year legacy of creating lively urban public spaces has come to a pause, a disruption, and a collective opportunity to ask fundamental questions:

  • How can we heal a history of exclusion?
  • Who and what are our public spaces for?
  • Who and what should we commemorate? 
  • Can we foster more inclusive forms of commerce and creativity?
The Portland Parks Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland Art Museum, Converge 45, and Urbanism Next invite you to participate in a series of programs beginning with two leading voices on creating more just, inclusive, and creative public spaces.

Liz Ogbu,

Designer, urbanist, racial and spatial justice activist

In conversation with Manuel Padilla, Oregon Solutions
When: 5 pm, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Zoom
Admission: Free, but donations accepted

Liz Ogbu is an expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. She invites us, "to examine the spatial and emotional wounds of the places we inhabit and how we might move towards repair." Her multidisciplinary design and innovation practice, Studio O, works on a wide array of initiatives from designing shelters for immigrant day laborers to developing a Social Impact Protocol for housing initiatives in 44 states.
“Justice has a geography," Liz said in a recent talk, Design in the Apocalypse. "The equitable distribution of access, services, and opportunities is a basic human right.”

Manuel Padilla has worked in peace building, conflict reconciliation, restorative justice, and conducting public dialogue toward culture change. He is a project manager with Oregon Solutions, which brings business, government, and nonprofits to the table to address community needs.

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