THE MISSION: To rethink the way streets are used, call attention to the need for urban parks, and improve the quality of urban human habitat….at least until the meter runs out! original photo from last year’s event. PARK by David Baker + PartnersSeptember 21st marks this year’s PARK(ing) Day, the “one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.”2 PARK(ing) spaces: a garden & a park (complete with ukele players)PARK(ing) Day, the brainchild of San Francisco artists/activists Rebar, started humbly enough, with 1 single parking space in 2005. Last Year, that number grew to 17, with other parks scattered around the world, and this year is shaping up to be even bigger. Rebar has partnered with both The Trust for Public Land and Public Architecture, and they’re inviting any individuals or organizations who are interested to help out with this fantastic detournement. Check out their website for the brand new How-to Manual and a ton of other information on how you can help out.This year’s PARK(ing) Day will also feature the debut of Public Architecture’s first Sidewalk Plaza, a pedestrian-oriented rethinking of the Folsom Street public space.Public Architecture’s Folsom St. proposal. Click image for a larger version.
The incremental installation of diverse public amenities, keyed to the particular conditions of SoMA’s varying uses, makes for a responsive, rather than prescriptive, urban plan. This plan quickly earned support from the San Francisco Planning Department, Redevelopment Agency, and Transportation Authority, and funds are being sought to implement a series of sidewalk plazas along Folsom Street.
I believe the first Sidewalk Plaza will be located in front of Brain Wash laundrymat/cafe on Folsom Street. The area definitely has a lot of potential but it could be more pedestrian friendly. As you can see in the above photo, Public Architecture’s long-term plan for the area is incredibly ambitious, which makes it even more exciting that municipal organizations have already started supporting it.previously: