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Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today's Housing Crisis
Virtual Lecture by Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design

Today, there is a tremendous mismatch between the available housing stock in the US and the housing options that people want and need. The post-WWII, auto-centric, single-family-development model no longer meets the needs of residents. Urban areas in the US are experiencing dramatically shifting household and cultural demographics and a growing demand for walkable urban living.

Missing Middle Housing, a term coined by Daniel Parolek, describes the walkable, desirable, yet attainable housing that many people across the country are struggling to find. Missing Middle Housing types—such as duplexes, fourplexes, and bungalow courts—can provide options along a spectrum of affordability.

How can we incorporate Missing Middle Housing in Bend to alleviate the pressures on housing inventories? Daniel will explain the paradigm shift that can help elected officials, urban planners, architects and builders to fundamentally rethink the way they design, locate, regulate, and develop homes; homes that are attainable, sustainable, and beautifully designed.

Daniel Parolek is an urban designer and architect, author, and the founding principal of Opticos Design, a B Corporation focused on equitable urban placemaking, innovative housing design and policy, and zoning reform for walkable urbanism. Daniel and his work have been featured in many high-profile publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Next City, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Curbed. Daniel has championed the Missing Middle Housing movement, launched missingmiddlehousing.com, and wrote the book “Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis,” which is now available from Island Press.

May 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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