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


At the initiation of Community Development Partners, this study is done in support of the possibility of a housing community within the town center of Rockwood. The development of the Rockwood 10 will support the community’s increasing need for high-quality and accessible family-sized housing as populations move east from the Portland-Metro Area, as well as support the larger needs and extraordinary cultural diversity of Rockwood. We recognize that the vitality of housing depends on its comprehensive support of its residents and the greater community.

Rockwood is positioned at the meeting point of the City of Gresham’s westernmost boundary and Portland’s northeastern border. The community of Rockwood has become one of Multnomah’s most diverse communities celebrating rich cultural and ethnically diverse populations with over 88 languages spoken. This study relates to three approaches to urbanism: community building, sustainability and transit-oriented development. As a place-based strategy, it is the goal of CDP for Rockwood 10 that accessible housing development contributes to community-wide planning for physical, social, and economic infrastructure.

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Urban schematic research and community engagement conducted by Portland State University’s School of Architecture Studio 573, Spring 2018. Student contributors: Justin Durrie, Melissa Flanagan, Molly Jacobs, Gavin McClelland, An Nguyen, Colin O’Neil, and Rebecca Taylor.


  • Community Development Partners
  • Waechter Architecture
  • PLACE Studio
  • Hacienda CDC

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