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NewSchool Teams Up with the City of Portland & Mackenzie to Revitalize an Urban Neighborhood

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April 14, 2017


NewSchool Teams Up with the City of Portland & Mackenzie to Revitalize an Urban Neighborhood

NewSchool, located in San Diego’s East Village design district, teamed up with the City of Portland, integrated design firm Mackenzie Inc., and real estate company Intrinsic Ventures, to revitalize a rapidly growing neighborhood in the Central Eastside industrial district of Portland, Oregon. This week, under the direction of NewSchool faculty member, Daniela Deutsch, more than 60 undergraduate architecture students shared their work over the last several months collaborating with a variety of industry partners to create a vision for the development of a new, sustainable neighborhood with progressive urban engagement in the Ford District, at an event held at the Center for Architecture.

As part of NewSchool’s Integrated Design Studio, this project was developed to engage students in the ongoing conversation about contemporary directions in urban design and architecture. The project also aims to disseminate the experience of the City of Portland to other regions of the West Coast and their adaptation to local climate, cultural and economic conditions.

The project also supports NewSchool’s “Here For Good” corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiative, providing students with the opportunity to give back and help improve the lives of those impacted by this revitalization. This holistic approach to learning represents the true DNA of the NewSchool community.

Our future depends on engaged and creative professionals, who want to take an active role in its shaping,” said Daniela Deutsch, Faculty of Undergraduate Architecture at NewSchool Architecture & Design. “At NewSchool, we teach our students to be aware of our collective responsibility for the natural and built environment, the protection of historic resources and the conscious handling of resources. The students’ projects, collaborative discussions, and energizing lecturers, gave real testimony of this great ambition. Ultimately, through this project, our class strived to combine traditional design guidelines with new, contemporary technologies, and planning processes to help shape a livable and workable future for generations to come. A key role hereby was given to the teamwork and collaboration of architects, engineers, ownership and specialty consultants.”

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About NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Located in San Diego’s design district, NewSchool of Architecture & Design prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real world projects. Programs include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, design studies, and interior architecture and design. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. NewSchool’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. Through collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, NewSchool students are prepared to work in global and diverse organizations. For more information, visit