Portland Courtyard Housing Competition Results Portland Bureau of Planning
          Posted by Mario Cipresso

        • In 2007, the City of Portland invited architects from around the world to share ideas on the design possibilities of housing oriented to shared courtyards. Portland is promoting courtyard housing as an additional infill housing type that can provide a quality living environment at densities higher than conventional detached housing.

          The competition asked invited entrants to suggest compelling solutions to several key challenges:
          - How can courtyard housing be designed to serve as an attractive option for families with children?
          - How can courtyards serve as useable outdoor space while also providing environmental sustainability benefits, act as a setting for community interaction while also respecting privacy needs, or serve as a pedestrian-oriented space while also accommodating cars?
          - How can courtyard housing avoid a purely inward focus and contribute to Portland’s tradition of street-oriented urbanism?

          This competition is part of a multi-pronged effort by the City of Portland to retain families with children in the city’s neighborhoods in the face of increasingly unaffordable conventional detached housing. This competition will be a key opportunity to explore how courtyard housing may help fill the need for new housing for families with children, as well as provide desirable options for other types of households.

          The City of Portland intends to facilitate the construction of winning designs by providing funding to adapt designs to building sites and encouraging developers to partner with winning designers in an anticipated design-build competition.

          The competition had two submission categories based on two types of infill site opportunities common in different parts of Portland:
          1. Inner Site: 100' wide by 100' deep; Housing program: 4-10 units oriented to a shared courtyard with one parking space per unit.
          2. Eastern Site: 95'-wide by 180' deep; Housing program: 7-17 units oriented to a shared courtyard with one parking space per unit.

          The winners in each category are:

          INNER SITE:
          1. Honor Award - $5,000 prize, Keith Rivera and Kristin Anderson, Santa Barbara, California (Image 1 above)
          2. Merit Award - $2,500 prize, Peter Keyes, Lucas Posada, Kai Yonezawa, and Tyler Nishitani, Eugene and Portland, Oregon (Image 2 above)
          3. Citation Award - $1,500 prize, Steven Bull, James Steel, and Dan Rusler, Seattle, Washington (Image 3 above)
          4. Honorable Mention - $1,000 prize, Donald Rattner, Andrew Friedman, Nathaniel Brooks, Krystof Nowak, and Catherine Popple, New York, New York

          EASTERN SITE:
          1. Honor Award - $5,000 prize, Emory Baldwin, Shirley Tomita, Masumi Saito, Lara Normand, Jocelyn Freilinger, Shawna Sherman, and Clara Berridge, Seattle, Washington (Image 4 above)
          2. Merit Award and People's Choice - $2,500 prize, The Green Sand Inc. Architecture and Design Team of Matthew Goyke, Steven Gangwes, Morris Onishi, Ethan Levine, and Rhonda Goyke, Honolulu, Hawaii (Image 5 above)
          3. Citation Award - $1,500 prize, Steven Dangermond and Christopher Keane, Portland, Oregon (Image 6 above)
          4. Honorable Mention - $1,000 prize, Matthew Priest and Jerome Burgos, New York, New York

          To view all the entries and obtain complete information on the competition, visit the Courtyard Housing website.

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