“PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. ”
My company, Studios Architecture, has participated 4 times in the last 5 years. It is a good team building exercise and it allows the company to test new ideas and fabrication methods. However, every parking day installation for the firm has been made out of cardboard tubes examples here . But after every parking day, we usually chuck the installation. It is quite a waste when you consider how much effort and time was spent to create something for just 1 day. Having worked closely with a few principal within the firm, there has been some need for a display wall as well as some sort of threshold for the informal conference room in the office. I toke this opportunity to propose that a design that would have Double Life. It would first serve the public during Parking day then serve the office afterwards.
Conceptually the Parking Day installation needed to engage public and be interactive. So during design, we looked for similarities between the event and the afteruse and decided that a wall that can act as a seat as well as a shelf would best create a threshold in both these scenarios. By having a wall during Parking Day, we are able to create something large enough to have a presence on the street while sheltering the activities in the installation. The wall could also serve as a display case for future use in the office.
Inspired by the vibrant city and its closeness to nature, Day on a Beach takes on the form of sand dunes that are carved away by the pacific wind. The ocean’s ever present power give the city dynamic weather. The installation takes hold of a parking spot and transforms it into a public park, inviting citizens of the street to create a dynamic, vibrant, and interactive space through play. In our installation, we set up bubble machine to bring awareness of the project from near by streets. Within the installation, we set up stations where you can create giant bubbles. In doing so, we invited people waiting for food from Slider Shack to interact with other random strangers. At the installation they ate their lunch and curiously engage the act of creating giant bubbles that interact with others as they fly away. The seating and shelf elements critical for afteruse were inspired by the modular man hoping it would give the most amount of flexibility for both seating and displaying projects.
During fabrication we tried to minimize on waste so we used whatever drop or the scrap of the plywood sheets to create stools.
At the end of Parking Day, the installation was moved to the office serving as a display wall/shelf where it will be use for many days to come.