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An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl district.

Spearheaded by housing organization Home Forward, the Portland Housing Authority, Transition Projects, and Multnomah County, Bud Clark Commons provides affordable housing and services for the chronically homeless and “high barrier” individuals—those afflicted by drug and alcohol addiction or mental health issues. Breaking away from an austere "institutional look" was an essential element of the project. “When people step foot inside Bud Clark Commons, they feel valued, they feel affirmed. Part of what we’re trying to do is give people a sense that this community really cares about them and their progress,” Commissioner Nick Fish told us in a story we previously published. Photo by Bruce Forster.

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