International Park(ing) Day
Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Students at FAIR School, together with Minnesota Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA-MN) designed a temporary public park in a collaborative design process to highlight International Park(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens elevate and celebrate public space, particularly in dense urban areas.  The park occupied two metered parking spots on Hennepin Avenue at Spruce, in front of Minneapolis Community and Technical College on September 19th, 2014.

Landscape architects from WILA met with FAIR students throughout September to explore creative ideas, learn design and environmental principles, and decide on two concepts: an art park and a yoga park. The parks incorporated sustainability, zero waste, recyclable materials, safety, and fun activities including music and art.

Though small in size at approximately 10ft by 8ft each, the temporary parks embody much larger ideas of city life, fun, the need for urban open space and respite, and the quality of urban human habitat. The parks themselves and the process of designing them demonstrate the ability of a small group of people to make a positive and creative impact on their surrounding environment.

Alex Hill, a member of the University of Minnesota Students for Design Activism created the following video using timelapse photos:

WILA-MN-Parking-Day-2014-video

For more information:
FAIR School – https://sites.google.com/a/wmep.k12.mn.us/the-fair-school/home
International Parking Day – http://parkingday.org
WILA-MN – http://asla-mn.org/wila-mn
ALSA-MN – http://asla-mn.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Society-of-Landscape-Architects-Minnesota-Chapter/110914012282849

WILA-MN-Parking-Day-2014map

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org.