park(ing) day 2012


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 meditation pavilion and relaxation deck constructed from reclaimed shipping pallets. A tower was erected in lieu of a ‘traditional’ park as an exercise in exploring the creation of spaces that allow the filtering of the every-day chaos of the urban environment.

PROJECT ROLES: Project early design, marketing, project planning and coordination, donation acquisition, off-site construction and prefabrication of installation modules, on site instillation and tear down.

Completed with Architecture for Humanity, Chicago. For more information, please see:






Concept sketches by Bryn Namavari