DDD Launches Call To Redesign Public Parking Spaces Downtown

by • August 18, 2014 • Central Business District, Parks & Public SpacesComments (0)6205

Photo from 2013 Park(ing) Day in NOLA via DDD.

Photo from 2013 Park(ing) Day in NOLA via DDD.

The Downtown Development District (DDD) along with New Orleans Arts District and Tulane City Center have issued an open call to artists, designers, architects, urban planners and local activists to submit design proposals to be constructed for New Orleans’ PARK(ing) Day.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. PARK(ing) Day NOLA will take place on Julia Street, between Convention Center Blvd. and St. Charles Ave. on October 4, during Art for Arts’ Sake.

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 event is a chance to reclaim and activate your city, providing a new territory for creative experimentation and activism.

In putting the project together and sponsoring it in New Orleans, the DDD hope’s PARK(ing) Day will cultivate the sense of civic pride, improve the city’s local urban environment, incubate new urban programs, and evolve the way citizens think about the design and craft of urban placemaking.

For submission Guidelines and Requirements, visit www.parkingdaynola.com.

Deadline for proposals is August 29.

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