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UO PDX Lecture: LA-Más
Please join the University of Oregon for a lecture by Elizabeth Timme and Chazandra Kern of LA-Más, a non-profit urban design organization based in Los Angeles that helps lower-income and under-served communities shape their future through policy and architecture.
Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019
Address: White Stag, 70 NW Couch St, Portland
Room location: 1st floor White Box event space
Free and open to the public.
Our Project Work
Our projects focus on communities in transition that are often underserved or overlooked by traditional service providers. Local city departments want to support and improve these areas, but are left with little budget and capacity to do so. Our unique non-profit fee-for-service model enables us to serve communities that need the most support, and do so in a way that preserves their local identity. These communities don’t need new strategies or ideas labeled “innovative” by outsiders. They need an advocate, a translator, an intermediary to raise up what is already working locally and grow by their own rules. Through our process we elevate what works, and collaborate with city departments and developers to create much needed, local, contextual change. We believe everyone deserves an inclusive process for the growth of their community.
Our Policy Work
In addition to localized project work, we strive to impact change at a larger scale across many zip codes. By working on different projects of different scales with different city departments, we uncover challenges with existing policies and connect the dots between project solutions. We keep a birds’ eye view on how the urban realm is transforming Los Angeles, and use this vantage point to make informed recommendations and push policy forward. By lifting up latent models from individual communities, we offer recommendations that can positively impact hundreds of communities across the city.
Cover image courtesy University of Oregon.