• Park(ing) or strange way of using parking spaces

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Well, do not know what to say about this, maybe one of those "not to do at home" things. But, if you have the couradge you can try find yourself some extra spaces, the same way this guys did.

Knowing that spaces are a real problem to our days, 2 designers, Michael Rakowitz and Rebar Group have come up with another ingenious way to use municipal parking spaces.

The first one is called the P(LOT) and it questions the occupation and dedication of public space and encourages reconsiderations of "legitimate" participation in city life. Contrary to the common procedure of using municipal parking spaces as storage surfaces for vehicles, P (LOT) proposes the rental of these parcels of land for alternative purposes. The acquisition of municipal permits and simple payment of parking meters could enable citizens to, for example, establish temporary encampments or use the leased ground for different kinds of activities. A first initiative for this re-dedication is realized through the conversion of ordinary car covers into portable tents, avialiable for loan at the MUMOK. Visitors to the museum and interested citizens who wish to participate in the development of this proposed culture will have the choice to use one of five covers ranging from a common sedan to a luxurious Porsche or motorcycle, thereby enabling a broadcast of disre within the marginalized space of need.

The second one - PARK(ing) - is an investigation into reprogramming a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity. Those guys identified a site in an area of downtown San Francisco that is underserved by public outdoor space and is in an ideal, sunny location between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. There they installed a small, temporary public park that provided nature, seating, and shade.

The goal was to transform a parking spot into a PARK(ing) space, thereby temporarily expanding the public realm and improving the quality of urban human habitat, at least until the meter ran out. By the calculations, the project provided an additional 24,000 square-foot-minutes of public open space that Wednesday afternoon.

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