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      Public Draft of Austin’s CodeNEXT Land Development Code Now Live!

      After intensive public outreach, diagnosis, and drafting, the City of Austin recently released the public review draft of its CodeNEXT Land Development Code. As lead consultant for the project, Opticos introduced the code to the public at a meeting of the … Continue reading

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      2016: A Big Year for Missing Middle Housing

      Around the country, issues around housing affordability, demand for more housing choices, and neighborhood compatibility are growing. Cities are in desperate need of solutions, and Missing Middle Housing, as one tool providing solutions, is catching on like wildfire. Here’s how … Continue reading

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      Missing Middle Housing is Everywhere in 2016 Housing Trends

      With the downturn of the late aughts increasingly in the rear view, the real estate picture continues to look rosy. When it comes to real estate trends shaping our communities in 2016, we’re seeing Missing Middle Housing everywhere. Housing Experimentation Fueled … Continue reading

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    4. Niko Tiula Missing Middle Housing design competition 1st place entry
      Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition Draws Global Talent

      The first-ever Missing Middle Housing design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Michigan chapter, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute among others, attracted entries from architects and design students from … Continue reading

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    5. Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Cailin Shannon
      Opticos’s Cailin Shannon Demonstrates Her Superb Sketching Skills at ICAA Event

      Senior Designer Cailin Shannon honed her drawing skills as a classical architecture student at the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Andrew F. Kervick Award for excellence in freehand drawing. In addition to her project management responsibilities, … Continue reading

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    6. Beaufort County Form-Based Code LadysIsland Newpoint
      Beaufort County FBC Gets the Nod from Driehaus, CNU Charter Awards

      Beaufort County has experienced incredible growth in the past 10 years, and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. To help channel future growth toward existing urban areas, and protect the county’s rural character, the county, the City of … Continue reading

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      Dan Talks Missing Middle Housing on Strong Towns Podcast

      Opticos Principal Dan Parolek is at the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth this week, where he sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the Bay Area, how to retain the … Continue reading

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      Opticos Is Excited to Announce Our New Missing Middle Housing Website!

      MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design’s Daniel Parolek coined the term “Missing Middle” in 2010 to define … Continue reading

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    9. Form-Based Coding class UCLA graduate-level Tony Perez
      Opticos Goes Back to School on Form-Based Codes, Part 2

      This winter quarter at UCLA, Tony Perez, director of Form-Based Coding at Opticos Design, is teaching UP 252, a graduate-level class on Form-Based Coding and planning on Thursday evenings in a three-hour studio format. Working in small teams, the students … Continue reading

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    10. 2015 Missing Middle Housing Design Competition
      Missing Middle Housing Takes Off in Michigan with First-Ever Design Competition

      The first-ever 2015 Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition challenges architects, designers, and urban planners nationwide to come up with innovative solutions for affordable housing options that offer a walkable lifestyle. The goal of the competition, sponsored by the American Institute of … Continue reading

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