The College of Architecture is excited to announce Daniel Parolek, principal of Opticos Design, Inc., an architecture and urban design firm nationally known for sustainable, walkable, urban places, will be giving the next Hyde lecture titled "Missing Middle Housing: Responding to the Demand for Walkable Urban Living” at 4 p.m., November 15, at the Nebraska Union Auditorium.
For this lecture, Parolek will explore the currently mismatched housing stock with the growing market demands and what planners and designers should be doing to meet that need.
As Parolek expounds, the incongruity between US housing stock and shifting demographics, combined with the growing demand for walkable, urban living, has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications. This lecture is a call to action to stop talking about the problem and start generating immediate solutions. Unfortunately, as Parolek explains, the solution is not as simple as adding more multifamily housing stock using the dated models/types of housing that professionals have been building for years. Rather, a complete paradigm shift in the way professionals design, locate, regulate and develop homes is needed. Parolek argues a critical part of the solution should be a reintroduction of housing types he calls the “missing middle” which haven’t been built since the 1940 including duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, mansion apartments and live-work units.
Well-designed, missing middle housing types can provide high-quality, marketable options between the scales of single-family homes and mid-rise flats for walkable, urban living. They are designed to meet the specific needs of shifting demographics and are a key component to a diverse neighborhood.
Parolek is an architect and urbanist who is passionate about working 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. He is a regarded expert in missing middle housing, which intelligently responds to the dramatic shift in demand for walkability, changing household demographics and affordable housing options. Parolek is at the forefront of rethinking the way professionals zone communities to foster more compact, walkable and vibrant places.
In 2007, he co-authored the book “Form-Based Codes”, which describes and demonstrates a new way of regulating walkable places through building form over use. He is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and a former board member of TransForm, which promotes walkable communities with transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity.
This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2019-2020 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “OUR WORK / YOUR WORK - Designing and Planning For Political Engagement”.
The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas that are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.