“Useful Waste” is a PSU Center for Public Interest Design led initiative that aims to reframe the industries view on construction waste and encourage material diversion and reuse. The intent of this initiative is to utilize an overlooked material resource - stand alone construction mock-ups - by repurposing the material and responding to pressing social needs, such as the local housing emergency. Mock-ups are seen as temporary structures and typically end up in the landﬁll due to lack of pre-planning and immobility. This initiative facilitates a new process of material diversion within the typical construction schedule and requirements. By repurposing a mock-up, a project team:
- diverts material and reduces landﬁll waste
- reduces embodied carbon impact from materials
- assists project sustainable goals (LEED, etc)
- receive tax beneﬁts for charitable donations
- contributes to local community efforts
Julia is a multi-disciplined designer at Carleton Hart Architecture with a background in architecture and art history. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Portland State University and a Fellow of Practice at the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID). She has a deep interest in adaptive reuse projects and an integrated design process to foster socially responsible, holistic development. Her focus on human-oriented design creates long-lasting relationships with people throughout the process, and manifests in her affordable housing work.
Julia received a BS in Architecture Studies from Washington State University. Additionally, she attended the University of Cape Town, South Africa and earned her Masters of Architecture from Portland State University. Julia currently serves on the AIA Portland Board of Directors.
Rebecca received a BA in Political Science and is currently a Master of Architecture 2020 candidate at Portland State University’s School of Architecture. She has been involved with the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) since 2016 and currently a Student Fellow at the CPID since 2017. She is interested in the practice and policy regarding architecture and design, and how it can begin to positively influence - or explore answers to - perennial political, economic, or social problems we experience here on a local scale. Further, her passion extends to how that exploration can begin to find agency in larger discussions of similar problems on domestic and even international scales.
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