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Park(ing) Day 2014
September 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
On Friday, September 19th, in Baltimore and cities around the globe, architects, landscape designers, artists, and citizens will transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.”
Initiated in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day invites people to rethink the way streets are used and promotes discussion around the need for broad- based changes to urban infrastructure. For the second year in Baltimore, a team of design firms and nonprofit organizations are taking the initiative to new heights by co-locating 20+ spaces near the corner of Morton and W. Chase Streets in Mount Vernon, surrounding the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIABaltimore). The “parklets” will be open to the public from 11am-6pm on Friday, September 19th.
“The intention is to bring a critical mass of design firms together to share with the public how good design positively transforms our urban spaces and communities,” says Kathleen Lane, Executive Director of the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
Visitors will be encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag #BmoreParkingDay.
Participants in the PARK(ing) Day installations include AIABaltimore, Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Marks,Thomas Architects, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, SHW Group, Ziger/Snead Architects, Section-1, VSG and more! Food trucks will also visit during the lunch hour and after work hours.
PARK(ing) Day is an “open-source” project initiated by Rebar, but built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to advance creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. “While PARK(ing) Day may be temporary, the image of possibility it offers has lasting effects and is shifting the way streets are perceived and utilized,” says John Bela, a Rebar principal.
Visitors to the Mount Vernon installation are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public.
Parking will (obviously) be limited. Additional Baltimore area PARK(ing) Day installations can be found this year at the Inner Harbor, in Hampden, and in Towson. For more information and additional installations visit the interactive map at http://my.parkingday.org/.