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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Portland State University. Center for Public Interest Design; Palleroni, Sergio; Ferry, Todd; Lopez, Hannah; and Silverstein, Sean, "525 North Capitol Avenue" (2020). Center for Public Interest Design Projects. 5.