Competition brief .
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Courtyard housing precedents in Portland.
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Child-friendly Design

What is "child-friendly" design? This linked document is intended to help answer this question by summarizing research and other literature on child-friendly housing design. Principles and considerations that figure prominently in this literature include the following:

• Young children need safe, outdoor play space in immediate proximity to their homes. These play areas should be designed so that they can be supervised by parents and other caregivers from their homes.
• Outdoor spaces should be designed to accommodate a variety of play activities. While green spaces are important, the need for paved surfaces should not be overlooked, as they are used for many outdoor play activities (riding tricycles, skating, games, etc.).
• Site and community design that provides opportunities for casual interaction with other children and neighbors is important, as is the need for dwelling units that provide privacy and are designed to allow intrusions (physical, visual, and acoustic) to be controlled.
• Units should be designed with the needs of children in mind, providing spaces for indoor play for young children and sufficient numbers of bedrooms or other rooms that can accommodate increasing needs for personal space as children mature.
• Readily accessible storage space is needed for bulky items, such as strollers and bicycles.

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Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing, Tom Jones, William Pettus, Michael Pyatok

Toward a New Regionalism: Environmental Architecture in the Pacific Northwest, David Miller

Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community, Cynthia Girling, Ronald Kellett

Yard, Street, Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space, Cynthia Girling and Kenneth Helphand

Housing As If People Mattered: Site Design Guidelines for the Planning of Medium-Density Family Housing, Clare Cooper Marcus and Wendy Sarkissian

People Places: Design Guidelines for Urban Open Space, Clare Cooper Marcus and Carolyn Francis

Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles: A Typological Analysis, Stefanos Polyzoides, Roger Sherwood, James Tice

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight, John S. Reynolds

Courtyard Housing: Past, Present, Future, Brian Edwards


Information on historic multifamily housing types in Portland. Click here

Historic Courtyard Housing in Portland by Peter Keyes, University of Oregon. Click here

This website documents the results of the City of Portland’s competition for narrow lot housing. Click here.

Portland Planning Bureau's Infill Design Project. Click here.

Information on Portland's approaches to stormwater management. Click here.

Information on Portland's green building program. Click here.

Zoning maps. Click here

Portland Zoning Code. Click here