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Park(ing) Day

September 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Friday, September 18th, 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 third year in Baltimore, a team of design firms and nonprofit organizations are taking the initiative to new heights by co-locating 21 spaces near the corner of Morton and W. Chase Streets in Mount Vernon, surrounding the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIABaltimore). 

Visitors will be encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag #BmoreParkingDay.

Be sure to stop inside the AIABaltimore gallery to see the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland gallery exhibit celebrating the lives of the first women to practice architecture in the state.

PARK(ing) Day Participants

  • AIABaltimore
    • Emerging Professionals Committee
    • Women in Architecture Committee
  • Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF)
  • Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning
  • CannonDesign
  • Neighborhood Design Center (NDC)
  • Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Ziger/Snead Architects

Visitors to the Mount Vernon installation are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation as parking will (obviously) be limited. For more information and additional installations in other locations in the Baltimore area, and around the world, visit http://my.parkingday.org/.

A Preview of PARK(ing) Day ‘Parklets’ and Programs:


See award winning architecture from AIABaltimore members! Boards of winning projects from the 2014 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards will be on display on W. Chase Street.

AIABaltimore Emerging Professionals Committee

The AIABaltimore Emerging Professionals Committee is transforming a metered parking spot into a puppy pen. The puppies are rescues and will be available for adoption.

AIABaltimore Women in Architecture Committee/Baltimore Architecture Foundation

The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) of AIABaltimore, in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University, has embarked on a project to assemble the stories of early women who contributed to architecture in Maryland. The exhibit “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland” will be on display in the AIABaltimore gallery.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation:

“Baltimore City Agencies are collaborating for PARK(ing) Day to show the innovative spirit of Baltimore and demonstrate how our city streets can be transformed into vibrant people spaces. Participating agencies include Department of Transportation, Recreation and Parks, Planning Department, Parking Authority, and the Department of Public Works. The city has also partnered with TreeBaltimore on this effort.”

MICA & Ziger/Snead Architects:

The Maryland Institute College of Art’s [MICA] Architectural Design Department in conjunction with local design firm Ziger/Snead Architects will be co-sponsoring a parklet installation featuring areas for seating, lounging, eating and gaming. Third year undergraduate students from the Digital Fabrication for Architectural Design course are championing the effort to design, fabricate and install the design utilizing a combination of advanced digital and traditional handcrafted fabrication methods.

Food trucks will be on hand at lunch hour and for an afternoon snack at the Northwest corner of W. Chase and N. Charles Streets, courtesy of The Gathering Food Trucks.

Swing over to W. Chase and Morton Street to see these installations and more!

The Original PARK(ing) Day concept is credited to Rebar – information available at www.rebargroup.org.



September 18, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




11 1/2 W. Chase St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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