Nov. 2, 2014: DIY Urbanism Workshop

by Michelle Saport  |   

Sunday, Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m. Anchorage Museum, Reynolds Classroom

(Space for this workshop is limited, please register in advance.)

Do-it-yourself (DIY) urbanism is a worldwide movement where individuals make changes to their streets or neighborhoods using creative interventions. DIY urbanism can range from a large-scale events like PARKing Day to something as simple as transforming a street median into a "guerrilla garden" with the help of a few friends.

Join UAA's Center for Community Engagement and Learning and the Alaska Design Forum for a hands-on workshop focused on improving cities through DIY urbanism tactics.

Our workshop will begin with a talk by Jeff Hou, department chair of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. Hou has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and public art. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and a co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (with Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson) (2009). He is a contributor to Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (2008) and Companion to Urban Design (2011). His research on innovative practices of community participation and design education has also been published in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Landscape Journal, Journal of Architectural Education and Open House International.

Following Dr. Hou's talk, participants will be split into groups to brainstorm transformative ideas using the Alaska Design Forum's contemporary cabin design challenge ("Cabin") as a case study.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register online at Space is limited to 50 participants-register early to reserve your spot.

For questions, please contact Bree Kessler at

For more information about "Cabin," see

Hou will also speak Monday, Nov. 3, from 6-8 p.m., in Rasmuson Hall, Room 117, as a keynote speaker for ENGAGE Week. His talk (titled "A Welcoming Community: Innovative Practices of Community Participation & Design") is free and open to the public.

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