1639 SE 12th Avenue | Portland, Oregon
This 700 square foot urban storefront is headquarters for Portland's most innovative small architecture and planning firm, dedicated to social and ecological sustainability. The office showcases sustainable design principles, including the use of permaculture, passive solar heating and cooling, water and energy efficiency, and recycled materials & equipment. Exterior site design includes nearly 100 varieties of edible trees and plants while the interior desks, conference table, and partitions are constructed almost entirely from salvaged doors, windows, cork, and scrap wood. Communitecture’s indoor and outdoor spaces frequently host evening and weekend workshops for local community groups, while the office itself is a shared space to a handful of other small businesses including: a community facilitator with Rising Vision; staff from Safer States, an organization which supports legislation against toxic chemicals in our daily lives and products; and the The City Repair Project, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering communities in Portland and beyond. Those of us sharing desk space together enjoy fostering our office community through activities like weekly potluck lunches and bike-commuting.