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2010 Livable Communities Awards

Daybreak's community gardens are a work in progress. Designers envision many raised beds in several areas throughout the site and have designed a special roof drainage system to channel rainwater runoff to the gardens. Sidewalks are landscaped with fruit-bearing trees. — Text by Michael Chotiner; Photographs by Jay L. Clendenin/Aurora

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2010 Livable Communities Awards
PORTLAND, ORE.

Category Winner for Architect-Designed Projects

Daybreak is an intergenerational cohousing development designed by Schemata Workshop Inc. It opened late in 2009 in the Overlook neighborhood of North Portland. The close-in urban location means public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants and cafés, and schools are all easily accessible. Values that shaped the design include fostering multigenerational living, integrating with the surrounding neighborhood and incorporating sustainable building materials.

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