Daniel Parolek

Dan cropped 048Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which effectively addresses housing issues in cities across the United States and elsewhere across the globe. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities with transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska, on his bike.

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