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October 17, 2013: David Bagnoli
"Prospects for Collaboration: Common Opportunities for a Small City Campus"
September 25, 2013: Ross Chapin
“Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World”
November 14, 2013: Rick Williams
“Parking Plays a Big Part: Creating Great Business Districts”
Our annual lectures focus on:

•Educating planners, real estate development professionals, architects, builders, engineers, elected and volunteer office holders, and the general public;

•Positively impacting on the quality of development and growth in Bend and the surrounding region;

•Bringing expert lecturers in from outside the region who can bring innovative ideas as well as examples of things that have worked (or failed) in other areas; and

•Creating a discussion on how to apply these lessons to our community.


Upcoming Lecture
Past Lectures:
July 17, 2014, 7-9pm: Todd Litman
Moving to the Future: Envisioning Better Public Transit for Central Oregon
Public Forum, co-sponsored by COIC and ODOT TGM Program
October 10, 2014: Jim Sallis
Introductory lecture for the Green and Solar Home Tour
March 18, 2015 6:30-8pm: Chris Comeau
Moving Beyond the Automobile: Multi-Modal Planning 


October 20, 2016, 6:30 - 8pm: Derick O'Neill, City of Boise 
“Bend Grows UP, Part 2: Removing barriers and mobilizing a vision"
July 16, 2015 11:30-1pm: Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP 
"Central Oregon Trends and Opportunities to 2040: Implications for housing, transportation & economic development"


May 19, 2016, 6:30 - 8pm: Katherine Schultz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 
"Bend Grows UP, Part 1: Understanding vertical development and its impact on our city"


“Solving Bend's Missing Middle Housing Puzzle", presented by Ascent Architecture and Interiors

Lecture by: Daniel Parolek
Brought to you by Building a Better Bend and Bend 2030

April 10, 2017, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30)

How will we solve the puzzle of Bend’s missing middle housing market—those duplexes, triplexes, townhomes and courtyard apartments that fill the gap between single-family homes and multi-story apartment buildings? Dan Parolek, the nation's premier expert on these diverse housing types, will break down the problem and describe tangible solutions to Bend’s current and future growth challenges. Audience members will also give direct feedback to the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup—led by Bend 2030, Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Association of REALTORS ©, Central Oregon Builders Association, Housing Works and the American Institute of Architects Southwestern Oregon Chapter—that is aiming to recommend a slate of policy tools and incentives to jump start Bend’s middle housing market.

Daniel 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 country. 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. 


Novemeber 1, 2016, 7-8:30: Tom Cody & Alex Joyce
“Bend Grows UP, Part 3: Developer Strategies"
Location: Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall Street, Bend
Time: 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Tickets: Free, but required through Tower Theater

TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. HOWEVER, WE ANTICIPATE SOME TICKETHOLDERS NOT SHOWING UP. YOU MAY ARRIVE AT THE THEATER AND GET IN A WAITING LIST LINE AND 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE LECTURE, WE'LL SEAT GUESTS FROM THAT LINE ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE.