Daniel Parolek: Thinking Big, Building Small

Date(s) - 11/09/19
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue SIX10

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

Daniel Parolek: Thinking Big, Building Small

Chicago Humanities Festival

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Venue SIX10
Daniel Parolek may be a superstar architect, having done work for clients such as Jon Bon Jovi and Tokyo Disneyland, but his true passion is a project that could impact all Americans: Removing barriers to deliver a broader range of housing choices in walkable communities. How? Through what Parolek calls “Missing Middle Housing,” or housing types that fall between “small” structures (detached, single-family homes) and “large” ones (high rise apartments). Join Parolek as he discusses how shifting household demographics and increasing housing costs position middle housing as a new alternative for an attainable, 21st century American Dream.
Daniel Parolek is a visionary architect and strategist who combines a unique understanding of urban places with a Midwest sensibility. He is the driving force behind the movement for “Missing Middle Housing,” a term he coined in 2010, which has been covered by the Washington Post, Professional Builder, Next City, On Common Ground, Planetizen and AARP. He is also a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and co-author of the seminal book: Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers.