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Zoom-based panel discussion Thursday evening to explore what it takes to create the next generation of affordable apartments.

COURTESY: MWA ARCHITECTS - Southeast Portland's St. Francis Park Apartments, by MWA Architects, are the focus of a Design Week Zoom talk about updating the 1997 classic design book Good Neighbors.

Affordable housing is not just a Portland obsession.

Plenty of other cities have laws promoting the building of affordable housing that makes it easier for lower paid workers to stay in the urban core.

As part of Design Portland's August programming, Karen Kubey of the University of Oregon has convened a panel to look at affordable housing case studies. The examples — and audience discussion — will be used as part of an update to Good Neighbors, a classic book from the 1990s about progressive urban design.

Thursday, Aug. 20th's virtual gathering is called Good Neighbors and takes place on Zoom from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST.

The case studies include Portland's St. Francis Park Apartments (MWA Architects), Midtown in Jackson, Mississippi (Duvall Decker Architects), 515 Blake Avenue in Brooklyn, New York (Curtis + Ginsberg Architects), and Keauhou Lane in Honolulu, Hawaii (Hi.arch.y llp).

COURTESY: MWA ARCHITECTS - Southeast Portland's St. Francis Park Apartments, by MWA Architects, are the focus of a Design Week Zoom talk about updating the 1997 classic design book Good Neighbors.  Thursday, August 20th's virtual gathering is called Good Neighbors and takes place on Zoom from 4 pm to 6pm PST.

St Francis Park is at 1177 S.E. Stark St., Portland, and replaced much of a park unsafe and in a state of disrepair.

The University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment Design for Spatial Justice Initiative is producing Good Neighbors II, which it calls "a richly illustrated guide to affordable housing in the US. Karen Kubey organized the program with Diana Moosman, Olivia Snell, and Allison Plass of design firm MWA Architects.

The panel of architects, developers and advocates will be moderated by Joseph Gallivan.


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