Miller Family Free Day: Exploring Architecture, Building Community

August 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Architectural rendering of a plywood pad
PlyPAD design by SERA Architects

Inspired by John Yeon and his innovative vision for Northwest architecture, landscape, and art, this day of free admission and programs encourages visitors to reflect on Portland’s built environment and some of the ways transitional/affordable shelter is being addressed by architects and housing advocates in our community. Join a tour of the wide-ranging Quest for Beauty exhibition, learn about the tiny house village movement in Portland with members from the Village Coalition, watch a sleeping pod take shape through the use of new open source CNC technology and learn more about the POD (Partners on Dwelling) Initiative of the Center for Public Interest Design at PSU, and, as a special treat, experience the joy and beauty of traditional Indian dance.

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon. Special thanks to the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University, Maslow CNC, SERA Architects, the City of Portland, and the Asian Art Council of the Portland Art Museum for sponsoring this event.


{Plywood} POD Initiative design boards display

11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Upper courtyard
Take a close look at over a dozen designs for the {Plywood} POD Initiative submitted by a range of Portland architects. Leave your own tiny house or sleeping pod ideas on our community design board.

PlyPAD construction with SERA Architects + Maslow CNC

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lower courtyard
Meet the minds and makers behind the innovative and modular PlyPAD sleeping pod designed by SERA Architects and built with technology developed by Maslow CNC. Watch a PlyPAD come to life and learn more about how newly affordable CNC technology could mean new directions for “printing” affordable homes and tiny house villages.

My Meaning of Home

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lower courtyard
What does “home” mean to you? How might your definition be similar or different from others?  Read and leave a reflection at our community response wall by sharing thoughts with Village Coalition members on the many personal meanings of “home” and “house”.

The Village Model -Hazelnut Grove, R2DT, Dignity Village, Kenton Women’s Village, & New Villages

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Upper courtyard/outside sculpture cage glass panels
Learn more about how Portland’s tiny house village movement and grassroots advocacy organizations like the Village Coalition are providing a path forward with transitional and affordable housing and creating models other cities and towns might follow. Share ideas with Village Coalition members on plans for a new Veteran Village scheduled to open in Clackamas County in December 2017.

Family Tour: Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon

12:30 p.m.
Meet in the Park Avenue lobby

Stories of Houselessness: A panel discussion led by members of the Village Coalition Speakers Bureau

1 – 2 p.m.
Stevens Conference Room
Members of the Village Coalition Speakers Bureau share their insights and personal stories on the benefits and challenges of the tiny house village movement to create community and provide transitional and affordable housing in ways that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable for both individuals and the cities/neighborhoods they are located in.

A Celebration of Classical Indian Arts: Dance, Music, and Poetry Honoring John Yeon’s Collection of Indian Paintings

2 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium
Join us for a celebration of classical Indian arts! The Indian paintings in John Yeon’s collection are part of an artistic tradition that integrates visual art, dance, poetry, and music. This rich, cultural program is coordinated by Subashini Ganesan, Founder and Director of New Expressive Works and Artistic Director of Natya Leela Academy. Performers will include vocalist Mini Jairaj and mridangam player Hari as well as dancers from Natya Leela Academy, Anjali School of Dance, Nartana Kuchipudi, and Kalabharathi School of Dance.

Docent Tour: Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon

3 p.m.
Meet in the Park Avenue lobby


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.