Minidoc - PARK(ing) Day

To rethink the way urban public space is allocated and used.

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USA (originated in San Francisco, now worldwide), California, San Francisco

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To rethink the way urban public space is allocated and used.

Strengths: Park(ing) Day reclaims public space from the automobile, and promotes critical debate about how public space is allocated. A tactical, “open source” project, Park(ing) Day can be adapted and remixed to address specific issues in any urban context. Park(ing) Day re-values the metered parking space as an important part of the commons - a site for generosity, expression, socializing and play.

Difficulties: Park(ing) Day is temporary and largely symbolic. It does not offer a permanent solution to contemporary urban design problems, though it does promote debate and discussion of such issues. Park(ing) Day is meaningful only within the dialectics of the developed urban world, where the use of streets, cars and urban green space are pressing issues. If the materials used for a specific park installation are not recycled properly, the project runs the risk of generating substantial waste materials.

Extra information: Park(ing) Day is an annual event. Park(ing) Day 2009 is September 18, 2009. Please visit for more information.



urbaninform at the North-South Forum Zürich April 22, 2012

Joint Venture: URBANINFORM and Onepointfive April 05, 2012
Playlist: 2012 onepointfive lead project
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