Day 6 “A Place For Everyone” – By Manuela

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Today we had the amazing opportunity to have a feel for what it’s like to be an architect. Our project was to create a new plan for Ankeny Park to make it more suitable and welcoming to everyone. All of our groups came up with great ideas both creative and thoughtful of our diverse community.

On our way to Mercy Corps we were directed in many routes to explore the different aspects of downtown with more of an open mind about how architecture connects with the people. While spending time at Mercy Corps, Beth organized a role play of communities for us. The activity gave us an interactive perspective on what it’s like to be a part of a different community and how it effects your lifestyle. Our group was not able to build a single structure in our community due a variety of discriminatory views. For example, I wasn’t able to get a signature just because I was a female! Or the fact that people from our community got thrown in jail because a community of higher privilege made a false statement against us. Although it was a role play, many unfair issues are sadly happening in real life because of their social class.

Today was an interesting day on many levels and it is a great opportunity to be gaining awareness on the history and present aspects of the Portland community. Thank you Joe from Hacker and Beth from Mercy Corps, you have opened our eyes to a greater community.

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