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18
Oct

New coliving home opens in Portland

  Michigan Ave. Coliving: A new coliving home opens in Portland By Owen Gabbert, Owen Gabbert LLC Panelist on SROs and More – A Reemergence of Co-living Owen Gabbert  The Michigan co-living project was built from the ground-up specifically for coliving – the first of its kind in Portland! It has 26 bedrooms across four separate structures connected by exterior courtyards. The existing house, originally built in 1890, was fully renovated and 3 new homes were constructed around it. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a larger kitchen with an oversized kitchen featuring two sets of appliances, dining area for the entire community and a separate living room. It is the hub of the overall community, retaining it’s charm with original fir floors, a large pocket door, and a historic exterior.  Each of the new buildings has its own kitchen and 7 bedrooms with private bathrooms. To maximize the volume of space and improve the experience for residents, all units have exposed fir ceilings made up of solid fir beams and 2x tongue and groove car decking. Floors are quality carpet over a soundmat and gypcrete to ensure minimal sound transfer from room to room. Vertically the rooms are separate...
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15
Oct

States Must Take Lead on Missing Middle Housing

A Q&A with Missing Middle’s ‘creator’ Daniel Parolek The term “Missing Middle” has been attributed to Daniel Parolek, Founding Principal of Opticos Design, Inc., a Bay Area firm. He has championed the Missing Middle strategy to urban planners, and created a website, https://missingmiddlehousing.com, dedicated to the subject. To acknowledge his many contributions to urban planning, we reached out to him recently and asked for his views on Missing Middle topics that the Build Small Live Large 2019 will explore in detail. The following are extracts from the Q&A with Parolek.   How did you originally arrive at the Missing Middle concept? In other words, how did you decide that those words fit the problem you wanted to address? Daniel Parolek: We had focused on these range of housing types (duplex, fourplex, cottage court, courtyard apartment, etc.) since 2000 in our architecture and urban design practice. I wrote a book called “Form-Based Codes” that was released in 2007 by Wiley. The research for this book made me realize how many barriers were inherent in zoning for missing middle housing. Zoning was a big reason it was missing.  …Over these years, we analyzed many cities’ zoning codes, and as a start, it was because...
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19
Aug

2019 Summit Offers Certification Maintenance Credits

Stay current with Build Small sessions Did you know that nearly all of Build Small Live Large’s sessions qualify for Certification Maintenance credits with the American Institute of Certified Planners? You can stay current while learning from industry experts. There will be an attendance sign-in sheet on-site at the BSLL Registration desk for AICP members to confirm credits, which are listed below. All AICP members have to do is stay for the duration of each session to receive CM credit. With so many great presentations planned for Build Small 2019, you’re sure to remain current with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. Gain knowledge you can use on the job, and remain current in your industry. November 7 Attending the Keynote presentation with Richard Rothstein will earn you 1.0 AICP CM credit. Radical Regulations – Innovative Housing Legislation on the West Coast 1.25 AICP CM credits Meeting in the Middle – Effective Zoning Strategies for Missing Middle Housing 1.5 AICP CM credits Making the Case for More Neighbors: Strategies for Passing “Missing Middle” Housing Legislation 1.5 AICP CM credits What’s New with ADUs? Legislation, Development Costs and Valuation 1.25 AICP CM credits Universal Design – Introducing Accessible Homes in...
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