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The Downtown Development District (DDD) is sponsoring New Orleans’ version of PARK(ing) Day, the annual, open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.
The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The DDD will be hosting the event on Friday, September 18, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown New Orleans (Iberville St, Convention Center Blvd., S. Claiborne Ave, and Calliope St).
August 14, 2015 is a deadline for all artists, designers, architects, urban planners and any other local activists to submit design proposals to be constructed for New Orleans PARK(ing) Day.
These temporary public spaces are sponsored by local businesses and organizations which understand the importance of carving out space for public use in increasingly dense urban environments. Each park developer will be responsible for funding their project. Park(ing) Day seeks to encourage community interaction and livability.
Artists will be able to design a minimum of 1 space at 7′ x 20′ and maximum of 2 spaces at 7′ x 40′. Building Materials should consider ground cover, seating, shade, enclosure and signage, and the also consider environmental conditions such as sun, shade, wind, weather, traffic and construction. The DDD is also looking for proposals to be programmed to engage various themes, such as music, food, health and wellness, and art.
You can find out more details and submit your proposals here.