Portland is a city with a character all its own. xdMFA will explore Portland’s mix of cultures: from those who have headed to the city from around the world, to those who have always called it home. This mix has created a city that is intensely proud of its unique character and has worked to maintain it. This presents an opportunity to study how design builds pride among diverse groups, but how it can divide them. Many who talk about Portland say its a unique culture that’s hard to define. We’ll explore and learn how the experience of Portland was designed.