On September 21, Norris Design will participate in PARK(ing) Day in conjunction with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Parking Day is an annual event that encourages the transformation of metered parking spots into parklets.
Park(ing) Day provides an opportunity for design professionals around the world to reconsider ideas around our urban landscape, like whether cars will always be central features of our urban habitat. Vehicle infrastructure is expensive to build and maintain and contributes to pollution. For this year’s celebration, we chose to celebrate parks while imagining what our future streets could look like.
The vast majority of outdoor urban space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that land is allocated to open space for people! (Donald Shoup, Amer. Planning Assn., 2011)
Our theme aims to blur the indoor/outdoor boundaries of our office spaces using inspiration from pollinators. We’ve taken two parking spaces outside our Denver office to explore the importance of creating habitat for not only pollinators but for ourselves. We want to encourage people to remember that getting outside and rejuvenating our mental state is just as important to our jobs as working inside at our desks.
Hard box shapes meld into honeycomb patterns and faux pollinators are sprinkled among the plant life. We provided a variety of seating options, a tranquil water feature and even some design elements hanging from the trees that are regularly part of the landscape.
As landscape architects and urban planners, technology has allowed us to make great advancements in our professions. Park(ing) Day is an important reminder of why we pursued this profession — we are working to create memorable spaces for people to be and make a positive impact on the communities we live in. Sometimes a reminder to “park it” is just what we need. Learn more about Park(ing) Day in the manual below.Park(ing) Day History
Thanks to Arbor Valley Nursery for donating plants for our installation!