Week 22: Parking Plot & Pop Up Lunch

by wangtianchen

I found two projects on Interventions website that inspiring.

Parking Plot

Despite St. Louis’ robust park system and 19th-century districts lined with shady trees, landscape architects Dorothée Imbert and Paula Meijerink sensed a disconnect between the city’s green agenda and its proliferation of paved surfaces. To foreground the contradiction, Imbert and Meijerink, working with students in Washington University’s MLA program (which Imbert leads), devised a quick and dirty intervention: Renting a wet saw, they made two incisions into a thick, impervious asphalt parking lot, filled the strips with compost, and planted seedlings collected from the ruderal forest growing on the Pruitt-Igoe site. They marked their squat “Parking Plot” in hazard yellow paint, and are monitoring the test beds to study how tough urban vegetation, encouraged to grow in unexpected places, might supplement the city’s traditional leafy canopy.

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Why I find this example because it directly relative my system and it inspires me to think the problem of impervious surfaces and fear of vegetation in typical parking lot. The solution of this problem will be replace pavement with planting beds, slow down surface run-off, and colonize parking spots.
Pop Up Lunch
With gourmet food trucks joining New York’s traditional street food vendors, it seems that everyone is getting lunch
on the sidewalk these days. But there remains the problem of too few places to sit and eat. Observing far too many messy standing lunchers, industrial designer Alexandra Pulver came up with Pop Up Lunch, a collection of “mobile eating tools” that plug into ubiquitous urban elements to create instant tables and chairs. Using magnets, hooks, or strategically placed notches, Pulver’s compact, portable interventions make traffic signposts, fire hydrants, even garbage cans into temporary lunch spots. She has even found paint to be an easy accomplice, stenciling a graphic of a Thonet seatback over a water standpipe to highlight its availability as a seat.
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It is an accessibility, Community, Pleasure design, it solved the problem of no place to sit and enjoy street food, so designer use unexpected furniture that offers city dwellers more civilized ways of eating street food. This example looks no relative my system, but it let me think how to use parking space and how to let people enjoy parking space.
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