Missing Middle Housing

Presentations and Conversations with Dan Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc.

September 20 //  8:30 AM & 3 PM // Atlanta, GA


Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Atlanta Regional Commission for a FREE day of discussion around Missing Middle Housing with expert Dan Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc. Two opportunities to participate are available with a morning session and an afternoon session.

What is Missing Middle Housing? Missing Middle is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. These types provide diverse housing options along a spectrum of affordability, including duplexes, fourplexes, and bungalow courts, to support walkable communities, locally-serving retail, and public transportation options. Missing Middle Housing provides a solution to the mismatch between the available U.S. housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkability. Learn more about Missing Middle Housing >>

“Well-designed ‘Missing Middle’ buildings unify the walkable streetscape as they greatly diversify the choices available for households of different age, size, and income. Smaller households tend to eat out more, helping our neighborhood attract wonderful restaurants. Diverse households keep diverse hours meaning we have more people out walking our streets at more varied hours—keeping them safer.” — Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs



Morning Session

Missing Middle Housing in Practice

Southface Energy Institute  //  8:30 AM

Designed for practicing designers, engineers, and real estate and construction representatives, the morning session will feature presentations and conversations with Dan Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc, City of Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane and Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects.


Afternoon Session 

The Demand for Walkable Living

GSU College of Law // 3 PM

Intended for anyone who is interested in discussing the future sustainability of our city’s housing market, the afternoon session will feature the keynote presentation of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative Annual Meeting.


*Though both sessions are FREE to attend, we do encourage that you register as both sessions are likely to fill up.



Special Thanks To

Missing Middle Housing is presented through Good Urbanism, a part of the Georgia Conservancy's Sustainable Growth Program

For upcoming Good Urbanism workshops, please reference the Georgia Conservancy events calendar.

For more information on Good Urbanism, or if your community is interested in hosting a Good Urbanism seminar, please contact Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Sustainable Growth Katherine Moore at kmoore@gaconservancy.org or Georgia Conservancy Urban Design Lead Johanna McCrehan at jmccrehan@gaconservancy.org.