More Parkin(ing)

There’s a lot of plotting and scheming (working and relaxing) going on at Life Without Buildings’ secret headquarters (my bedroom), but real posts will hopefully resume soon. In the meantime, here are a few more photos from last week’s Park(ing) Day.

…and still more on the flickr page.

Park(ing) Day is Tomorrow!

As you can see from the above map, this is the biggest year yet for Rebar’s Park(ing) Day. Check out the website for all the info you’ll need to spend the day Park(ing) around San Francisco or one of the many other cities that are participating in this year’s event. Gotta work? What better place to lunch than in the street? Make it a long one and explore as many parks as you can. You deserve it.previously: Park(ing) Day 2007: A Call to Action!

PARK(ing) Day 2007: A Call To Action!

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: