Parking Day: Today.

Posted by: admin on September 17, 2010 @ 10:20 am
Filed under: Culture, Events
Greenleaf Parking Day
Greenleaf Music participating in Parking Day (above)

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

PARK(ing) Day: User-Generated Urbanism from Brandon Bloch on Vimeo.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Jim

    A good break? I love the idea of PARK(ing) day. It’s ironic that in the part of Hereford where we live, there are less parking spaces than cars (hundreds of terraced houses (built pre car ie c 1880) with many householders owning more than one car) and we, who don’t have a car, (two bicycles, though) have a parking space right outside – oh, how good it would be to “unpave” (“depave”?) it.

    See if you can work on Dave to get a cycling tour of this part of the UK set up!

    Best wishes

    Simon

    Comment by Simon — September 17, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  2. Hey Simon… Good to be back working. Beautiful day on Friday (and today for that matter).

    Hereford sounds gorgeous. Will have to make it there sometime. Can’t guarantee a DD cycling tour, but looking at the Google Map, the ride from Hereford to London looks like something I could tackle. Hmmm…

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — September 20, 2010 @ 7:38 am

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