RDA & Texas ASLA Houston presents Park(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source, global event where artists, designers, and activists transform parking spots into PARK(ing) Spaces: temporary public parks. These spaces are reinvented to generate public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to produce debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
Originally conceived in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day demonstrates the potential of urban parking spaces to serve as multifunctional gathering spaces, challenging conventional approaches to how streets are used while reinforcing the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.
Multiple parking spaces in downtown Houston (Caroline & McKinney) will be activated throughout the day. Those participating include TBG Partners, SWA Group, Clark Condon, APA Houston, Perkins+Will, Walter P. Moore, McDugland Steele, and Bike Share Houston. Partnering to the put the event on are ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) and Rice Design Alliance with assistance and sponsorship by American Planning Association – Houston Section.