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      Alphabet Soup for Zoning? No Thanks, I’ll Have It Form-Based

      With our goals of strengthening communities and improving lives, Opticos Design has developed and refined Form-Based Coding as a highly effective zoning tool to reinforce the character and quality of a place. Below, Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, … Continue reading

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      Opticos Goes Back to School: 2016 Edition

      Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, recently wrapped up a second edition of his design studio class at UCLA, which focused on the differences between the prevalent use-based planning system and the increasingly popular form-based planning system. Tony took … Continue reading

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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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      Why is Missing Middle Housing “Missing?”

      As we and others have noted, there is a clear and growing demand for walkable urban living. Around the country, cities and builders are seeing that home buyers and renters of all walks of life want walkable environments that foster … 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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      Opticos in Action: Plan Downtown Oakland

      This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10-day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently … Continue reading

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      Reasons to Invest in Missing Middle Housing: A Call to Action for Cities and Developers

      The benefits of walkable living are well documented. As noted in the Surgeon General’s new Step It Up campaign, walkability positively impacts the mental and physical health of residents. It also contributes to better environmental stewardship, by avoiding sprawl and … Continue reading

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      The Role of Missing Middle Housing in Detroit’s Urban Neighborhoods

      A collection of beautiful, brick, early 20th century Missing Middle Housing types in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit. I recently made a trip to Michigan to participate in the Missing Middle Housing Design Competition. As part of this trip, I … Continue reading

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      Opticos Principal Daniel Parolek to Lead Walking Tour of Oakland Missing Middle Housing

      This weekend, Opticos is headed to the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2015 Conference: Rooted in AuthentiCITY. Daniel Parolek, Tony Perez and John Miki will all be presenting at the event, which will take place at the Oakland … Continue reading

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