Lecture by: Daniel Parolek
Brought to you by Building a Better Bend and Bend 2030
How will we solve the puzzle of Bend’s missing middle housing market—those duplexes, triplexes, townhomes and courtyard apartments that fill the gap between single-family homes and multi-story apartment buildings? Dan Parolek, the nation's premier expert on these diverse housing types, will break down the problem and describe tangible solutions to Bend’s current and future growth challenges. Audience members will also give direct feedback to the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup—led by Bend 2030, Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Association of REALTORS ©, Central Oregon Builders Association, Housing Works and the American Institute of Architects Southwestern Oregon Chapter—that is aiming to recommend a slate of policy tools and incentives to jump start Bend’s middle housing market.
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which effectively addresses housing issues in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities with transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska, on his bike.