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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sept. 7, 2010 -- SF PARK(ing) Day, an annual event meant to inspire city dwellers to consider alternative forms of transportation by converrting parking spaces into temporary parks, will be observed on campus Sept. 16, one day before the national observation on Sept. 17. Design and Industry students will create five oasis-like spots providing games and relaxation.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Here are my initial sketches and my concept drawing for the Quad space. Since our space is not actually a parking spot, I wanted to make it clear that we are part of PARK(ing) day, and play on the irony of incorporating elements from a car into the space by having a car facade and car seating in the back "lounge" area. The front of the car will have the wayfinding info and raffle at a table (the driver's seat area).
We didn't choose a word yet as a group since we were more concerned with catching up and getting a concept finalized. But since our space is all about getting people's attention, I like the word Re(Action), because we're REpurposing the space, taking action to raise awareness about emissions, and trying to get a reaction out of people.
Note that they need to be installed as a pair at the minimum to stay upright, three sides (as shown below) is ideal.
We need to set them up this Thursday for a test run to make sure they will work for our needs.
|From PARK(ing) Day SF State|
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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These three words are what come to mind when I think about Park(ing) day. The concept gives a us a setting where we can think about how we are currently using our land and how we may want to change these patterns in the the future for possible alternatives. It is one thing to read about a movement but to actually see it in action and live in it for a short while helps bring the point home.
These spaces can be used for living in a way that can bring people together instead of just being used to temporary storage for inanimate objects. Lastly, this movement is a way for people to reconnect a bit with nature. For many living in an urban area like San Francisco takes them out of a natural setting for extended periods of time due to a lack of parks close to their work or living situations. Although parking day can only bring people closer to nature for a few hours it can spark a renewed interest in the natural world.
|Advertisement that look like huge parking tickets would get peoples attention.|
|This is just a simple idea I had for shaded structure with trees growing out of it, its basically just a place to relax.|
Monday, August 30, 2010
Rethink / Reconsider
Both of these words have similar meanings. We need to reconsider our everyday lifestyle. We live in a fast-paced world where we need to keep up with our surroundings and community. If we rethink how we are affecting the world, we could come out with a different point of view. Maybe we could save time if we all use gasoline, but if we all used alternative transportation for 1 day, the outcome would help reduce pollution and may spark inspiration to our neighbors.
We should go back in time where there was no individual transportation when we all were self sufficient by walking or biking to our destination. Sometimes the future is not moving in a forward direction but the opposite. If we have a fresh start, we may be able to have a more acceptable ending.
P.Chee /Group TAPIA (P3)
Transit(ion): I picked this word because we are using this PARK(ing) Day activity to encourage use of alternative forms of transportation. In that sense, we are attempting to bring about a transition toward a greener campus. The word “transit” is also at its root, which reminds us of commuting and mirrors the type of word play in PARK(ing) Day.
|Things a park should have: Benches, Grills, and climbable trees.|
|A Google sketchup concept for the area near the Café Rosso. It has a ring toss game and checkers to facilitate interaction and help build a sense of community.|
When I think about PARK(ing) Day, the first thing catches my eyes is the capital letter PARK. Then that word rewinds in my head, and then green color pops up. I think the ING is isolated from the word parking is because we want people to maintain a healthy environment by not driving often, and by occupying one parking spot during the PARK(ing) can at least reduce some pollution to our environment, although it’s going to be a small amount. Therefore I chose the word (purify) to represent that. However in order to maintain a healthy environment, we need everyone to work together to make it happen, so I chose communal to represent the environment belongs to everyone, and unity represent that we need to work as one.
My group’s spot is at the parking lot, and the space doesn’t have to replace with trees, but can use for some activities such as chess and checker games.
The white vehicle is stationed at my team's designated parking spot.
An older gentleman relaxing and reading the news.
An empty spot nearby, for reference.
relax, life, breathe
Why I chose these words:
sanctuary - Evident in the second photo above is an older gentleman reading a newspaper in repose. When I took the photos around 1-2 PM on a Friday, the atmosphere around that particular parking space on Holloway was relaxed. There weren't too many students around, and there wasn't that much traffic. Combine these factors with nice weather, and I was able to leisurely compose and snap my photos with little interruption. Like the gentleman in the photo, after I took the photos I took a few moments to relax on that very same ledge he was sitting on.
life - The overhanging trees and vibrant purple flowers caught my attention. I find it beautiful when I can enjoy blooming plant life in the city, especially when the particular area is clean and taken care of. It's always nice to find green refuge in the city; it seems to always brighten not only my mood, but everyone else's as well.
breathe - The air felt clean and crisp at that spot--maybe because of the slightly cool weather. Compared to nearby 19th Ave, Holloway Ave seems relatively barren of cars, and I'm sure the lack of emissions was a reason I was able to appreciate the air quality.
Charge, improvise, skate,
The park was beckoning me to charge its gnarled interior with reckless abandon. Its surface wasn’t perfect, as oil marks and ragged asphalt blemished its craggily surface. The confines of the park, while limited, provide the dimension of a concrete curb buttressed up against the parking space providing endless possibilities of skateboard fun. “Clink” goes the quarter plunging down the gullet of the parking meter. The sound brings a smile to my face, bringing similar feelings to mind as I once had arriving at the neighborhood park as a kid, or later as a teenager arriving at a skateboard park. My time is paid for, letting loose the wheels in my head to spin up my first improvised skate trick in my own private skatepark as my quarters’ seconds spill away. Get another parking space, cars! This one’s mine to grind, slide, and spin over till the meter signals that the park is closed till further notice. It’s time to skate!
To redefine is to change a perception and set a new set of expectations. As park(ing) day seeks to question our use of urban space the point is to redefine what a parking spot is or could be. New Urbanism as a movement stresses among other things walkability, community, multi-use spaces, and greenery at the expense of the automobile. Redefinition could change the perception that parking areas are exclusively for cars.
A big part of the urban landscape involves communicating to its inhabitants through signage. It is an learned skill in urbanites to navigate through their city. In many of the previous projects I saw, the message seems a bit muddled. As someone in class said, “It looked just like they were selling trees there” - instead of a reclamation of urban space for greenery and recreation, it came off as sloppy commerce.
As tongue in cheek as it may be, this is a form of resistance. The automobile has won the war but pockets of resistance can spread and weaken the grip. Park(ing) Day is meant to spread the word and create more resistance and sympathizers.
I chose my words based on what parks mean to myself and to others. I always think of parks as a place to replenish/refuel yourself. This could be spiritual (aka emotional and mental), through relaxation, meditation, or reconnecting with nature, etc. It could also be health-related, as in refueling with something to eat, getting fresh air, or taking a nap. I think of parks as a place where people can step outside of the stress of daily life and replenish or refuel themselves in some way. Also, people use parks to connect with one another, through talking, playing, having a picnic, walking the dog, etc. By creating a space where people can enjoy an activity or relax for a length of time, parks enable people to connect with others rather than just rushing by on their way to a destination.
I also considered that my group’s space on Centennial Drive will be near the farmer’s market. This made me think of community gardening in parks/urban spaces, which allows people to connect with others and replenish themselves through working outdoors and consuming healthy organic food. As shipping food long distances creates a lot of emissions, growing or buying locally might also be a thought to consider for PARK(ing) Day.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The words that come to my mind when I think about PARK(ing) Day are Recreate, Play, and Recess.
I like "recreate" because it is the root word of recreation, but taken in its root form it is easy to see the origin of “to re-create” as in to recreate ones psyche by taking a break from work or study to exercise or simply relax, or in our case to take a space normally used solely for the storage of personal vehicles and recreate a park where one can exercise or relax.
The word “play” fits into this analogy because that is what the act of relaxation through exercise was called when we were children and is, in my mind, the main reason for having parks and green spaces in urban areas.
"Recess" is of course the designated time for children to take a break from their studies and recreate through play, something I think could still be useful to students at the college level.
Both of the words I’ve picked are based on environment surrounding the garage. Verticality has to do with the fact that the top of the parking garage is high enough that it has a view and leaves you isolated from the surrounding buildings. The obvious nature occurrence of this sort of thing is on top of mountains, hills and plateaus. The parking garage itself is like a small man-made plateau.
I chose sci-fi because of the steam the steam that spews out one of the structures right next to the garage (and can be seen from the top of the garage). The steam, in addition to the railings all over the parking garage and the large pipes nearby, lead to an industrial look that reminds me much of a space ship from a science fiction series or movie. This made me think of the PARK(ing) space being much like the “designated grow some plants because we need oxygen” bio-dome areas that often crop up in sci-fi. Science fiction media envisions environments where there are no plants so they have to be specially grown for the purpose of retaining a semi-natural area.