park(ing) day 2011

BRIEF: 

PARK(ing) Day is an annual daylong 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 with Rebar in San Francisco and has since spread to hundreds of cities around the globe.

A quintessentially “open source” project, PARK(ing) Day has since been adapted and remixed to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world. Architecture for Humanity Chicago looked to explore the use of public space in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood with one of the lowest per capita concentrations of green space in the city.

Three parking spaces along Milwaukee Avenue were transformed into a hanging garden using 2×4’s and recycled beer can planters, donated sod and plants.

PROJECT ROLES: Marketing, project planning and coordination, donation acquisition, off-site construction and prefabrication of planters, on site instillation and tear down.

Completed with Architecture for Humanity, Chicago. For more information, please see: http://chicago.architectureforhumanity.org/