PARK(ing) Day is an international open-source event where artists and activists transform a metered parking space into a temporary public space. Women in Landscape Architecture MN (WILA) is engaging a group of students from FAIR High School to conceptualize, design, and build a public space in downtown Minneapolis. Stay tuned for where to find this spot… we’ll be set up all day 9am-6pm Friday, September 20th.
For more information of PARK(ing) Day: http://parkingday.org
DAY 1 – First Meet-Up
Our first meeting with students from FAIR included an overview of PARK(ing) Day and a discussion regarding possibilities for designing and selecting a parking space. Students walked around downtown Minneapolis and made observations of parking spots in relation to potential design opportunities. Students considered whether the spot would be in the sun or the shade most of the day, the visibility of the parking spot from both the street and the skyways, the proximity to certain types of businesses, to food trucks, or to busy streets.
Regrouping, students were asked to brainstorm some preliminary ideas for the parking space and to consider not only what the design would look like, but what activities were happening throughout the day and what message could be stated with this design.
DAY 2: Charrette 1
WILA met up with FAIR students to start getting at a collective vision for the PARK(ing) Day project. Step one was to get into small groups and start hashing out some ideas. At this stage of the game, everything was on the table, no filters.
Each small group then presented their ideas to the larger group and collectively we determined some common themes through a dot-vote and discussion.
Some commonalities across the large group included: nature, art, engaging with the public, and having the form be multifunctional. Students then re-organized into three groups and were asked to each come up with one statement that sums up the concept and one design option that incorporates the larger group’s general thinking.
During our next meeting each of the three small groups will present a concept and a design that incorporates the ideas from the charrette. From there, FAIR students will consider the three options and come to a decision on a final concept and design.
On the boards so far: !!!
DAY 3: Charrette 2_We have a FINAL Concept!
DAY 4: WORKING DAY!!!
FAIR + WILA assembled materials needed for PARK(ing) Day, constructed benches, painted some boards with chalk paint, found some milk cartons, invited street musicians to come perform, schedule student musicians and people to deliver spoken word, designed a flyer and pamphlet, made calls to make sure other supplies arrived on time, designated student ambassadors to engage with the public and explain the concept, and had a really fun time doing it. SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW! STOP BY NICOLLET AND 9TH ST tomorrow from 9am – 5pm to help out or hang out or enjoy art, music, and nature in the what is normally just a place to park your car.