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Innovative Approaches to Solving the Housing Crisis: PPPs, Tiny Homes, and Air Rights

On July 13th from 9-10am Pacific Time, Meeting of the Minds will host a live webinar, featuring Darin Dinsmore, Founder & CEO, Crowdbrite, and Patrick Kennedy, Owner, Panoramic Interests.

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The housing crisis is not relegated to developing world cities. It continues to worsen as low-income and middle class families are pushed out and cities are increasingly falling behind in building affordable housing solutions. Patrick Kennedy and his firm–Panoramic Interests – have developed a suite of creative solutions including negotiating air rights above underutilized parking lots and new kinds of public-private partnerships with city administrations. There is an urgent need for a new approach to solve the tiny home challenge on infill properties. Data from a new online tool launched last year (http://www.infillscore.com/) indicates that cities are failing to remove barriers and obstacles for creative housing solutions. Results from more than 230 cities suggests that zoning, parking and fees are limiting factors to deliver a variety of housing choices. Only about 17% of the 230 cities have a tiered impact fee system to help facilitate the implementation of smaller home development. What are the emerging solutions for housing in cities? Darin will share results from working with 250 cities on SMART infill and innovative housing solutions including lessons from the first crowdsourced micro-apartment for the Discovery Channel and a new tiny home community demonstration project.


Darin Dinsmore

Founder & CEO

Darin Dinsmore is an urban planner & landscape architect with over 20 years of experience bringing plans to life. He launched Crowdbrite in 2010 and empowered more than a quarter million people to help plan their city.  He advises leading smart cities across the globe on urban innovation, economic development, and comprehensive housing/infrastructure solutions. His projects include the first Statewide Economic Plan for California and the Silicon Valley Economic Summit. His city building projects have recently been featured in Fast Company magazine and the infillscore tool was awarded “new app of the year” in 2016 by the Lincoln Land Institute.  

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Patrick-Kennedy-HeadshotPatrick Kennedy

Panoramic Interests

Patrick Kennedy is the owner of Panoramic Interests, a development firm that has been building housing, live-work space, and commercial property in the Bay Area since 1990. The firm has focused on dense, mixed-use, mixed-income, infill developments, typically financed with private funds. All of the multi-family housing projects include below market rate units.

Since 1995, Panoramic Interests has built 689 units of housing in several mixed-use projects in and around downtown Berkeley and San Francisco. The firm’s projects incorporate the Smart Growth principles designed to discourage auto use, mitigate sprawl, encourage local business, and enhance the pedestrian streetscape.

In April, 2007 Panoramic Interests sold its rental portfolio of 7 buildings to the Equity Residential Apartment REIT of Chicago for $146,000,000, the largest real-estate transaction in Berkeley’s history.

Panoramic is now focusing exclusively on CITYSPACES®–small, stylish, efficient dwellings, in walkable neighborhoods. In August of 2015, the firm completed The Panoramic: the first high-rise micro-apartment in the U.S.; the 160-unit car-free project is one block from the Twitter headquarters.

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July 13, 2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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