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Missing Middle Housing: Responding to the Demand for Walkable Urban Living

September 19, 2017
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, 46202 United States


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Image credit: Opticos, Inc.

Recent research has highlighted a mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics, as well as the growing demand for walkable urban living. Join ULI Indiana for a presentation by Daniel Parolek, an architect and urban planner who coined the term, “Missing Middle Housing,” a spectrum of housing types that works to address this challenge by responding to changing household demographics and the dramatic shift in demand for walkable, attainable housing options. Embraced by communities and builders across the country, the concept is gaining broad recognition from organizations like ULI, AARP, Next City, Professional Builder Magazine, and the National Association of Realtors. Daniel will discuss housing types that should be part of every architect’s, planner’s, real estate agent’s, and developer’s arsenal.

Daniel Parolek, AIA
Founding Principal
Opticos Design, Inc.

Daniel is an architect and urbanist who works with developers, cities and towns  around the world to create vibrant, walkable communities. He has designed notable Missing Middle Housing across the US, including Santa Fe’s award-winning GreenWORKS Courtyard Housing, a collection of Mews homes in the Daybreak, Utah community, and a project in Omaha that will introduce the first new neighborhood composed entirely of Missing Middle Housing. In 2015, Daniel and Opticos Design, the company he has overseen since 2000, launched missingmiddlehousing.com. Daniel is also at the forefront of rethinking how to zone communities to foster compact, walkable and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form- Based Codes, and he continually leads dialogue on the need for zoning reform enabling walkable urban places.

Event Schedule:
7:30-8:00 am — attendee check-in and networking time; hot breakfast available
8:00-9:00 am — Missing Middle program

Registration Information:

ULI Members and Students receive a discounted rate.  Join ULI now

Event Pricing:
Members: $20
Students: $10
– Private Sector: $50
– Public/Academic/Nonprofit: $40

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