Built Oregon Mag | Working in the intersection between identity and place: A Q&A with Design+Culture Lab


By Mitch Daugherty

Joy Alise Davis had recently graduated from Parsons The New School of Design when an observation led her to form Design+Culture Lab, a research-based social lab dedicated to the transformation of neighborhoods through collaborative design strategies, while addressing complex spatial issues of cultural, racial and ethnic inequality. Joy will be a speaker at the Portland State University Elevating Impact event this week, and Built Oregon sat down with her to learn a bit more about the roots of Design+Culture Lab.


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Streetroots | Breaking down the fourth wall

On a cold Saturday morning in a dance studio under the Hawthorne Bridge, a group of a dozen or so amateur actors gathered for the first of a two-day Theater of the Oppressed workshop hosted by Living Stages Theatre, a nonprofit, social action-focused theater. Participants gathered with a common mission: To create a piece of theater addressing their own experiences with homelessness and “root shock” for Living Stages’ upcoming Forum Theater Convergence, a festival featuring pieces of theater in which audiences are invited to intervene in the actions presented on stage.


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