The Living Smart Project began as a competition for the design of affordable single-family detached housing on very narrow lots. Under the direction of Commissioner Randy Leonard, the Bureau of Development Services conducted a competition for single-family detached housing designs on narrow lots in 2003 with the goal of creating a catalogue of house designs. The bureau currently sells several attractive, permit-ready designs to be built on narrow lots in Portland.
Expert, an influential Russian magazine, is sponsoring the forum. Scarlett was approached by the magazine to speak after representatives read about the Living Smart Program on BDS' website. Anne Hill, Principal Management Analyst at BDS, was also invited and will co-present with Scarlett at the forum. Speakers from other countries such as Europe, Holland and Japan will also be at the conference to lend their expertise in implementing policies in the field of housing construction. [Read more]