background

In March 2008, Adam brainstormed the project with help from acupuncturists, city planners, ecologists, artists, writers and the general public at the South Waterfront Guest Artist Residency Program. Together we envisioned Portland as a metaphorical body, considering its health through the non-western lens of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Participants contributed ideas about the city's health...

... and layers of information accrued on the maps...

...which informed the project as a whole and suggested specific issues and locations to focus on.

Possible Correlations between Acupuncture Meridian & Organ Systems
and a City Developed in the Workshops

Kidney

    ( Chinese Medicine ) basis of life, vital essences, eternal and infinite source, DNA

    ( a city? ) streams, rivers, lakes, marshes, marshes, natural resources

 

Liver

    ( Chinese Medicine ) planning, vision, strategy, endurance

    ( a city? ) electricity & fuel supply & reserves, politics, city planning, government agencies

 

Heart

    ( Chinese Medicine ) supreme controller, spirituality, connection to higher reality, ancestors

    ( a city? ) mayor, religious institutions, cultural institutions, art, places for ritual, music and celebration, native american & colonial history

 

Spleen

    ( Chinese Medicine ) transportation and distribution, arbiter of coursing and draining, primary healer

    ( a city? ) mass transit, automobiles, roadways, commerce, healthcare

 

Lung

    ( Chinese Medicine ) receiving pure energy from the heavens, freedom, vitality, nobility

    ( a city? ) nature, parks & gardens, city reservoirs, open space, air quality, outdoor recreation, leisure, high society, exclusive clubs, air travel, judiciary

 

Bladder

    ( in Chinese Medicine ) storing and utilizing reserves, boundary between self and non-self

   ( in a city? ) reservoirs, drinking water, water treatment & sewer system, urban growth boundary

 

Gall Bladder

    ( Chinese Medicine ) control, motivation 

    ( in a city? ) police, fire, safety / rallying, activism, lobbying

 

Small intestine

   ( in Chinese Medicine ) sorting good from bad, wisdom, truth, virtue, morality, charity

    ( in a city? ) judiciary, schools, colleges, universities, shelters, nursing homes, charitable organizations, social services

 

Stomach

    ( Chinese Medicine ) ripening and rotting, food and drink, storehouse, granary

    ( a city? ) food supply, farmers markets, housing, entertainment, nightlife

 

Large Intestine

    ( in Chinese Medicine ) drainage, keeping the precious, letting go of impurities

     ( in a city? ) banking, manufacturing, railways, ships yards, garbage, solid waste stream, recycling, sustainability industrie