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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97209, US (map)
503.226.4391
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The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. This private fine arts and design college, founded in 1909 in Portland, Oregon, offers ten Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees and six graduate degrees including master of fine arts (MFA) and master of arts (MA) degrees. Dr. Donald Tuski serves as the school's president.

PNCA is home to the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture which hosts exhibitions with artists such as James Rosenquist and Cauleen Smith. The college welcomes the community in each month for First Thursday arts celebrations showcasing student work and throughout the year with free public lectures by nationally-recognized visual artists, designers, and scholars. The recently launched Make + Think + Code, a center for art and technology, hosts artists- and technologists-in-residence as well as numerous art-tech community events.

At PNCA students learn to better understand the work they make and how it can make an impact in the world. Students hone skills and are introduced to entirely new ways of making. Just as importantly, they learn to think critically about their own work and that of others. PNCA graduates are working artists who show internationally; successful, creative, small-business owners; animators and designers working for top firms such as LAIKA, Nike, Weiden + Kennedy; professional printers working for studios like Gemini G.E.L.; freelance illustrators with high-profile commissions; and commercial photographers.

PNCA is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

In addition we are affiliated with the following: Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Art Resources Consortium Northwest (ARC NW) Oregon Independent College Association (OICA) Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

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  • Monday
    Aug 14 2017
    Portland HoloLens Meetup

    NOTE: As of June 2017, we have moved the monthly meetup to the Pacific Northwest College of Art just a few blocks from OSB. Thank you to Oregon Story Board for being a fantastic host for the past 1.5 years! We greatly appreciate it.

    August 2017 Agenda:

    • Overview of HoloLens news and announcements

    • Other Presentation(s) TBD - if you have any ideas for speakers, please email [email protected]

    • Open Mic / Q & A

    • Networking

    Website
  • Monday
    Jul 17 2017
    Portland HoloLens Meetup

    NOTE: As of June 2017, we have moved the monthly meetup to the Pacific Northwest College of Art just a few blocks from OSB. Thank you to Oregon Story Board for being a fantastic host for the past 1.5 years! We greatly appreciate it.

    July 2017 Agenda:

    • Overview of HoloLens news and announcements

    • Other Presentation(s) TBD - if you have any ideas for speakers, please email [email protected]

    • Open Mic / Q & A

    • Networking

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 26 2016
    An Evening with MarkForged - October Monthly Meetup of the Portland 3D Printing Lab

    Our October Meetup will give you an intimate glimpse into MarkForged, who are delivering FDM 3D prints with high-strength carbon fiber and kevlar cord incorporated into into Nylon. Our sponsors - Engitype and MarkForged - will be there to speak about how the technology works, the materials available, the many different applications, and they might even reveal the Mark X, their newest machine. If you're interested in high-strength, functional 3D prints, you should check this out.

    We'll have four presentations covering the new :

    715p - MarkForged Materials. - Onyx - Carbon Fiber Filled Nylon and beyond.
    735p - Eiger Software - Staging and more - Jacob
    755p - MarkX - Presentation - Savage
    810p - MarkForged VS The World - (How does the MF printer line-up compare to other printers) - Fred

    We'll have food, drink, beer at this meetup, courtesy of Markforged and Engitype. Sign up soon, as space is limited! Please bring your 3D printers, prints to show off during the networking portion!

    Who: DIYers, Professionals, Designers, Beginners
    When: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2015 6:00 PM
    Where: PNCA

    Agenda: 6:00pm - Networking & Check out the Mark X 7:00pm - Introduction & community time. 7:15pm - Presentations 8:30pm - More networking

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  • Saturday
    Apr 5 2014
    Community Design Challenge: A Civic Data Hackathon

    Civic Data Design Challenge

    A project with Hack Oregon and PNCA

    In our Civic Data Visualization Workshop, Hack Oregon and PNCA students have been working on a project to redesign the way Oregonians understand and interact with campaign funding in our state.

    Join us for a day of creative co-working as we invite the community to use our API to tackle other creative challenges with data surrounding this election year.

    We'll also show a sneak peak of our beta product before the official launch in May.

    Don't worry if you're not technical-- every person has a valuable perspective and we'll have mentors from the politcal, tech, and design community to help bring ideas to life.

    Register your own team, bring your own project pitch, or join others at the event.

    Want to know more about our project and design workshop?

    Follow our blog at hackoregon.org

    Website
  • A Special Data Science Hack Day: HackOregon Civic Data Hackathon

    Hack Oregon is diving deep into local election data!  
    They just wrapped up a workshop at Pacific Northwest College of Design where they were program to visualize the flow of campaign money in Oregon.  
    To celebrate the end of term, they are hosting a hackathon and inviting the community out to come build more civic-inspired projects with the data they've collected.  
    Sources include ORESTAR database (campaign expenditures and contributions) voter registration database and more! 
    Some people are coming with their own pitches and others are looking to join a team that inspires them.  
    Register early on eventbrite.  Contact [masked] if you have questions about pitches or possibilities.  
    See you there!

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 17 2013
    Founder Institute Information Session

    The Founder Institute is the world's largest early-stage accelerator. Join us for a informational event where you can meet the local Directors, ask questions, and learn how you can launch a startup with the Founder Institute's help.

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 11 2013
    Startup Pitch Bootcamp with Rob Wiltbank and Wade Brooks

    Pitching your startup ideas effectively is a crucial skill that will help you acquire financing, customers, partners, and top talent. In just three hours, the Startup Pitch Bootcamp will help you improve your pitching skills and recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch. Then, you can apply that learning and pitch to both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback in a relaxed setting. Join us for a fun evening!

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  • Thursday
    Feb 21 2013
    IDEO Design Director David Aycan Speaks at PNCA

    The MFA in Collaborative Design welcomes David Aycan as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. David Aycan is the Business Design Director at IDEO and has experience integrating a strategic business perspective with a human centered approach to design. During his seven years at IDEO, his experience has ranged across several industries from commercial real estate to technology and food and beverage to insurance. Prior to joining IDEO, David co-founded and ran skateboard company Wongneto and clothing company Dull Clothes.

    http://www.ideo.com/people/david-aycan

    Event is free.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jul 31 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Arduino Cult Induction

    FEE: $35

    This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it.

    You Bring

    -A laptop -A soldering iron (20-30W Pencil type) -A standard (not mini) usb cable (A->B) -A pair of dikes (wire cutters/nippers) -$35

    You will get

    -A duce usb to serial programmer -A Dorkboard! (an Arduino clone) Kit -An introduction to the Arduino and microcontrollers in an artists setting -Help when you need it -To know that what you built worked at least once

    How do I rsvp? Via paypal -- Select the session on the TDI Products page: (http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html)

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jun 26 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Surface Mount

    Cost: $8

    Please register by emailing jim at jimeastman dot com

    Learn how to work with surface mount technologies. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to SMT as well as more experienced hobbyists who are looking for a reliable method for building projects using SMT. We will cover the basics of surface mount parts and the tools necessary to work efficiently with them, including a temperature controlled hot plate reflow system which you can build. And we will offer a hands on build session where you will go through all the steps in populating a PCB with parts and doing the reflow soldering process to end up with a working project.

    No tools or prior experience is required although, if possible, please bring a soldering iron, some type of magnifier (reading glasses, visor, etc), a desk or work lamp and a good pair of fine point tweezers. We will have some tools available to use during the workshop.

    You will get a circuit board and parts kit for use during the class that is yours to keep.

    Website
  • Sunday
    May 29 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Audio Synthesis

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    .......dorkbotpdx is proud to announce.......

    A unique, free workshop geared at teaching sound synthesis fundamentals as explored and demonstrated through Pure Data.

    Fascinated by orgies of towering analog synthesizes from the 60s? Mesmerized by how computers can generate sound that offends and elates? In this causal yet intense session, we will cover the basics of audio signal theory while exploring the common techniques and tricks used by sound designers and synth builders.

    We will progressively cover theories/techniques from the ground up, so no formal experience is required. We will make some noise.

    When?

    Sunday, May 29, 2011 1-5pm PST

    Where?

    Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Room 205, Portland, OR, US

    Participants should bring:

    • A mac/linux/windows laptop with a functioning Pd installation.
    • A basic/rudimentary knowledge of Pd
    • Headphones
    • An eagerness to learn, develop, and share!

    The Pd synthesis workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited (to about 30) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

    Website
  • Sunday
    May 1 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Arduino Cult Induction

    FEE: $35

    Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

    The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Mar 27 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Physical Computing With Midi

    FEE: $35

    Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

    The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Mar 12 2011
    Open Balloon Making Workshop: DIY Aerospace

    Open to the Public Workshop free balloon building supplies

    Introduction to DIY Aerospace

    Mathew Lippincott will be giving a lecture and demonstration of aerospace in the arts and Grassroots Mapping Tools

    Expect a fascinating lecture followed by discussion and 2 hours of hands on balloon building. supplies and tools provided.

    contact: mathew dot lippincott at gmail dot com for questions or over enthusiastic support if you can't sleep the night before.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Feb 27 2011
    Dorkbot Workshop -- Open Lab

    Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

    The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 30 2011
    Arduino Cult Induction: Rev 8 -- Build a Dorkboard

    What: This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it Where: PNCA -- 1241 NW Johnson Ave, Room 205 When: Sunday Jan 30, 2011 from 1 to 5pm (other sessions to be scheduled soon) You Bring

    A laptop A soldering iron (20-30W Pencil type) A standard (not mini) usb cable (A->B) A pair of dikes (wire cutters/nippers) $35 You will get

    A duce usb to serial programmer A Dorkboard! (an Arduino clone) Kit An introduction to the Arduino and microcontrollers in an artists setting Help when you need it To know that what you built worked at least once How do I rsvp? Via paypal -- Select the session on the TDI Products page: (http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html)

  • Sunday
    Nov 28 2010
    Processing.Org Workshop

    sbybcdbmbhbups, Latin ladyboys, dKNCeND, [url=http://thepointrochester.org/]Asian ladyboy tube[/url], BivFuMG, http://thepointrochester.org/ Cute ladyboy, SVvHLVI.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Sep 26 2010
    Beginning Electronics for Dorks

    On Sunday September 26th Jim Eastman will be presenting an electronics course for artists, dorks and musicians.

    Course short description: Blinkey lights and strange noises! With some brief lessons on electronics, you can do this and more!

    This class will be a combination of theory and hands on building a circuit which will be used as the focus of the workshop.

    Topics to be covered:

    • Fundamentals of electronic theory
    • Basic electronic devices
    • How to work with electronic components
    • Things that go blink: optoelectronics
    • Things that go buzz: audio electronics (including kit building time)
    • Resources for future electronics projects

    About Jim Eastman: Jim has been studying and building electronics since his early days of geekdom. After two engineering degrees, he now gets to fiddle with these things full time. He spent several years designing electronics in the medical devices industry while working on audio side projects on his time. He now teaches electronics in the Portland area.

    When:Sunday, September 26th, from 1-5 pm.

    PNCA NW 12th and Johnson room 205

    What to Bring: A soldering iron and some basic tools.

    How to RSVP: you can rsvp for this class at http://www.tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html if you are unable to paypal for the course you must make some arrangements so that enough materials will be present at the course. The course will be limited to 25 seats.

    The cost of the course is $35 and it includes a mic line tester kit that you will build as a focal part of the lecture.

  • Sunday
    Jun 27 2010
    Dorkbot PDX Open Lab

    Come work on electronics projects!

    There will be a mini surface mount soldering workshop, and an introduction to XMegas.

    ..or bring your own projects to work on!

    Website
  • Sunday
    May 2 2010
    Arduino Cult Induction

    This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it.

    The group will meet in room 205 of the PNCA.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Mar 28 2010
  • Sunday
    Feb 21 2010
    DorkbotPDX Pure Data Workshop

    We will be focusing on interfacing PD physical world. You will use knobs, buttons, and lewd gestures to control patches within Pd. Similarly we will teach you how to reverse this process and use your Pd patch to control the entire world. We will interface with MIDI devices, off the shelf USB devices, other computers and custom hardware/sensors using the Midi Monster designed by Don D. Davis.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 31 2010
    DorkbotPDX Arduino Cult Induction

    This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it Where: PNCA When: Sunday January 31th from 1 to 5pm (other sessions to be scheduled soon) You Bring

    * A laptop
    * A soldering iron (20-30W Pencil type)
    * A mini usb cable (MINI A->B)
    * A pair of dikes (wire cutters/nippers)
    * $35
    

    You will get

    * A Benito compatible usb to serial programmer
    * A Dorkboard! (an Arduino clone) Kit
    * An introduction to the Arduino and microcontrollers in an artists setting
    * Help when you need it
    * To know that what you built worked at least once
    

    How do I rsvp?

    * Via paypal -- Select the session on the TDI Products page:
      (http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html)
    
    Website
  • Sunday
    Sep 27 2009
    DorkbotPDX Open Lab

    DorkbotPDX Open Lab, a place for people to do strange things with electricity.

    Bring your projects and ideas for help, or bring your expertise to help others. Or just talk geek with a bunch of crazy dorks.

    Website
  • Sunday
    May 17 2009
    DorkbotPDX Pure Data Workshop - (1 of 3) - Introduction to Pd

    DorkbotPDX introduces free Pure Data workshop series

    We are excited to announce a new workshop series devoted to Pure Data (Pd). http://puredata.info.

    "Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM."

    Pure Data is free [FLOSS] software - meaning there is no charge for the download and it is open source, (free/libre). It runs wonderfully on Mac, Linux, Windows - so bring any laptop. Come with Pd-extended installed if possible - otherwise come a little early for installation assistance. The workshop is free as well!

    We will will be doing several workshops starting from the ground up - and ranging topics as advanced as there is interest for.

    Workshop One will be held May 17th. No prior Pd or programming knowledge is required, but expect to leave with functional knowledge of how to use Pd. The outline in progress can be found here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/pd_workshop_2009_outline.

    But we want to hear from you! We'd love to get a rough idea of how many people are interested in attending.

    Do you use Pd? Do you use similar commercial software like Max/MSP? Are you interested in learning Pd? Why? What are some of your ideas?

    Pd is an incredibly open-ended platform so we're trying to get an idea of where the majority's (if there is a majority) interests lie.... Physical Interfaces for music? Live DSP? Generative composition? Video? Dance? Robotic cat toys? Feedforward most welcome!

    Bring a laptop with Pd-extended installed, if possible. Otherwise come a little early for installation help! http://puredata.info.

    Seating is limited to about 35, so please rsvp at http://dorkbotpdx.org/pd_rsvp or email [email protected]_net or [email protected]_com.

    • When: May 17th, 2009
    • Where: PNCA room 205 (Portland, OR)
    • Time: 1-5pm
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  • Sunday
    Mar 29 2009
    DorkbotPDX Open Lab

    ECONOMY: BAD. FREE WORKSHOP: GOOD!

      Come join Dorkbot Portland for a four-hour geek-a-thon in the heart of the Perl (yes, I went there) District. Isotopes not required.
    
      What's all this then? A bunch of us will gather in the drawing studio in room 205 on 3/29 at 1pm to partake in a free-form workshop. Bring a pet project, tools, or simply your curiosity and desire to force technological constructs to meet your expressive inner nature. We're nice, open-minded, artistic people with a bubbling technolust, a hot soldering iron, and stinky armpits.
    
      This is a place to brainstorm, but really to handstorm. Bring your ideas, let's share and explore together. Feel free to gloat, show-off, scorn, mimic, embrace, or destroy. Hi.
    
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  • Sunday
    Feb 22 2009
    DorkbotPDX Focused Workshop: Breadboard a Sanguino

    PNCA, Room 205 $25 to cult-at-tempusdictum.com

    As previously announced this months focused workshop is about prototyping and it is intended to go with a second focused workshop on fabrication (in may). We will go over breadboarding, point to point wiring, breakout boards and a variety of techniques to get your projects prototyped. In the process we will build a "Sanguino" on a breadboard, add the core to our arduino environment, and program it. Then we will look at the next step of putting it on a protoboard. For more information on the "Sanguino" you can look at http://www.sanguino.cc this project was created by the reprap folk who needed more I/O for their projects. I will also be presenting as an example a small (as in tiny) project that I will be doing using breakout boards to make prototyping possible.

    The workshop as always will be $25 and participants will walk away with a breadboard and all components necessary to build a bare bones "Sanguino" during the workshop. It will also include other items including a a protoboard and socket to move the design to something more permanent.

    It is my hope that in between this months focused workshop and the fabrication workshop people can collectively look at how the hardware design can be improved on (see: similar designs such as laday ada's FuzeBox ( http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=133 ), and the pre-arduino Number 6 board ( http://six.media.mit.edu:8080/6/direction/get-your-board-ready/numberSixStuffed.jpg/view ).

    In the fabrication workshop (31May09) we will lay out and etch a board based on this work. Additionally I will follow up the prototyping example from this months workshop by sending the design to be fabricated.

    I am sorry that I wasn't able to get this finalized sooner but the extra cult induction kept me busy. Both inductions sessions went extremely well so I think it was worth it..

    As usual you can RSVP by paypalling cult /at/ tempusdictum.com

    Website
  • Sunday
    Feb 8 2009
    DorkboxPDX Arduino Cult Induction

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1513907/ ] This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it. Please see the event page for full description, what you'll build and get working, and how to pay.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 25 2009
    DorkboxPDX Arduino Cult Induction

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1506984/ ] This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it Please see the event page for full description, what you'll build and get working, and how to pay.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Dec 28 2008
    DorkbotPDX Open Lab

    PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St, Room 205, Portland, OR

    The open lab is a chance to bring your projects to a group setting. Collaborate, interact or just seek sanity (or insanity) as you try to solder that one last component. If you've been to the Arduino Cult Induction, this is your chance to get help on anything was still unclear. If you are working on something entirely of your own devising, this is a chance to bounce your ideas of others. Get help with your soldering technique or just hang out and bask in the geekdom of others. Bring tools and parts and throw something together. We'll be there and we want to see what you're working on.

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  • Sunday
    Nov 30 2008
    Making Noise with the Arduino

    As a part of the ongoing Arduino Cult Induction workshop series, this month we will be focusing on sound.

    In particular Don will be going over creating sound using the Arduino's built in Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and Direct Digital Synthesis using resistive ladders. We will investigate using the Piezo element as both a simple speaker and an input trigger. We will review the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) from a hardware and software perspective, and look at a couple of useful integrated circuits (the lm324 and the lm368).

    The workshop will cost $25 and participants will recieve a complete midi interface board for the dorkboard/arduino and a piezo element which will be used to create a midi drum trigger. Participants will also take with them parts for an r2r ladder, an op amp and an audio amp capable of driving small speakers or headphones.

    Participants should leave the workshop with a better understanding of how micro-controllers such as the Arduino can be used to create and control sound, they should have built at least one working musical controller and they should have the foundations for several sound related projects.

    Please bring your dorkboard, rbba, or other arduino compatible board, a soldering iron or breadboard, and a laptop. The workshop will be held at PNCA (NW 12th and Johnson) in room 205 from 1-5pm on Sunday, November 30.

    To reserve a space you can paypal the workshop fee to [email protected] and you can feel free to email that address with any questions.

    The Arduino Cult Induction series of workshops are Sponsored by Tempus Dictum, Inc . in support of DorkbotPDX. (graphic by Jason Plumb )

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 8 2008
    PDXplore panel discussion

    "PDXplore: Designing Portland"

    Five local members of the architecture and design community explore ideas about how Portland will grow and change in the years ahead.

    The five participants are Rudy Barton, an architecture professor at Portland State and longtime chair of the school's architecture department; Rick Potestio, one of the city's most talented architects; Mike McCulloch, former head of the city's Design Commission and a veteran architect; Carol Mayer-Reed, a founding principal of landscape architecture firm Mayer-Reed; and William Tripp, another venerable local architect.

    Pdxplore Barton's focus will be Portland's relationship to the Willamette River. Coming to Portland from New Orleans, he knows the tremendous opportunity but also the risk facing such environments. Reed will use a variety of aerial photos and other research material to try and define what makes the city unique from a topographical and natural perspective. McCulloch is creating a series of diagrams for the city called "River, Ravine and Ring". Tripp will present in his drawings the potential of what he calls "ritual space", the outdoor public areas essential to creating and fostering community. Potestio also loves to draw, and his illustrations will present a look at a Portland of tomorrow and how it can be far more dense without sacrificing what makes us unique.

    On Tuesday, July 8 from 6-9PM, there will be a panel discussion in which the five designers discuss their work and ideas.

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  • Sunday
    Jun 22 2008
    Arduino Cult Induction (a microprocessor-based development environment)

    Workshop: Hands On Introduction to the Arduino.

    This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own "Arduino", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. DorkbotPDX has put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it

    Website