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City planning -- Architecture, Community design, Sustainable design, Sustainable development -- Social aspects


The 525 N. Capitol Ave was initiated in response to the housing crisis in San Jose, CA. Livability and affordability currently plague Silicon Valley, as many residents are considered rent-burdened -- spending most of their income on housing-related costs. In collaboration with Community Development Partners, this new development will help provide affordable units to families experiencing housing insecurity, chronically homeless veterans, low-income seniors, and those with disabilities; with the idea in mind of creating a thriving, intergenerational community. Other project partners include David Baker Architects (DBA), and CivicMakers, who partnered with the CPID team to help implement the ABCD process, on-the-ground in San Jose. Collaborating with a local partner in San Jose was an important aspect for this project, because the CPID team was able to lean on the expertise and knowledge of the CivicMakers' team. The urban nature of the project site places an emphasis on the importance of the communal indoor spaces, and the use of the zoned commercial space on the ground-floor. The ABCD process has led to a partnership with Veggielution, a local organization who will utilize the commercial space to provide food access and job training for residents.This project is expected to break ground in 2023.

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  • Community Development Partners (CDP)
  • David Baker Architects (DBA)
  • CivicMakers

The Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) is a research [+action] center at Portland State University (PSU) that aims to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the growing needs of under-served communities worldwide. Through research and design, fieldwork, and public outreach, we promote a mode of practice that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all.

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