About the Author

Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them. Since establishing himself early in his career as an expert in these fields, he has won national competitions and awards recognizing his work and is often asked to contribute to publications and resources. He has helped found several nonprofit planning and architecture organizations, he regularly speaks at national conferences, and his projects have been featured in numerous publications. His strong interest in diverse building types, at different scales that bridge architecture and urban planning, drove his desire to start Opticos Design, Inc. in 2000. Over the years, he has become one of the leading practitioners of Form-Based Coding, a revolutionary new approach to zoning about which he co-wrote what’s been called “the definitive handbook,” and he is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute.

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Best practices for ending exclusive single-family zoning

Your city or state just allowed—or is considering allowing—multiple units on every lot. Here are six tips for successful implementation of the Missing Middle. Last year was a groundbreaking one … [Read more...]

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How does the missing middle housing fit within communities?

Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country. I continue to be … [Read more...]

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

The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkalble urban living has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of … [Read more...]