Dan Parolek

Dan Parolek is principal of Opticos Design, an architecture and urban design firm with a passion for vibrant, sustainable, walkable urban places.

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Designing missing middle for a small infill site

A balanced project with placemaking that meets the market and gets public approval requires patience and understanding of building types.
DAN PAROLEKAPR. 16, 2018
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The missing middle response to urban housing demand

The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics, combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living, has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of Christopher Nelson and Chris...
DAN PAROLEKJUN. 23, 2016
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What's right for the site: Analyzing the missing middle

The options for missing middle housing on a small redevelopment site are many, so here's a process to decide what choices make sense. Part 1.
DAN PAROLEKOCT. 9, 2017