MFA AC+D Program Completes Design Build Intensive Project with VOZ

September 5, 2017

The MFA Applied Craft + Design project Design Build Intensive is a tradition that not only catalyzes the unique and lifelong relationships the students form with their cohort at AC+D, but also serves to ground their understanding of craft and design as part of social practice. This year's intensive began on August 12 and was completed on August 24.

The 2017 AC+D Design/Build was honored to partner with VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project, specifically the Voz MLK Workers Center, which is located near the AC+D home base at the Bison Building. 

The focus of the project was to reframe the parking lot / gathering area at the MLK Workers Center as a "Worker's Park". The three main interventions were 1) signage and wayfinding 2) seating and 3) access to water.

Signage design was focused on solving two main issues: navigation and communication for employers to know where to come to hire, and tying together a mix of buildings and existing signs under one identity.

Modular picnic tables and a fixed wall bench provide workers a place to eat, relax, and socialize while waiting for jobs. The picnic tables are also designed to provide a location for weekly dinners and the daily employment lottery. 

Access to water is a key element on site - both for the workers and the local homeless community. A new concrete sink provides protection for an existing exposed pipe and spigot.

OCAC is incredibly proud of our students and faculty for their hard work, and their dedication to giving back to the Portland community.

The MFA in Applied Craft + Design Program is a joint program offered through Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.