Portland State University’s Art Building lacks any guiding maps or directional signs, which often causes confusion for new students and faculty. The institution’s only publicly available map of the building, located on the facilities department’s website, inaccurately depicts numerous doors and walls.
The inaccurate floor plans were redrawn in chalk on the black walls of the gallery, allowing users of the building to note corrections (both descriptive and judgmental in nature) to help guide new students during the first week of classes from a space adjacent to the entryway of the building. The notes left by visitors quickly grew from being corrections of the how the space was actually laid out into both aspirations for how the building might be altered to better suit student and faculty needs, and a sounding board for notable problems with the building.
After one week, the original floor plan drawing was erased, leaving only the amendments and notes from the map to represent the idea of the space.
Part of Art, building at the Portland State University School of Art + Design, January 2014