On Friday, September 15, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) participated in PARK(ing) Day, an annual, open-source event that asks landscape architects and other designers to re-imagine parking spaces as small, miniature parks, or parklets. PARK(ing) Day aims to educate people about the value of public space and what it can bring to a community.
ASLA professional and student members from across the country transformed simple parking spaces into places with nearly-endless possibilities. For example, the Illinois Chapter of ASLA created a hamster wheel to get people moving in the limited space (see image above).
The Auburn ASLA Student Chapter designed a space to hold a small concert for passersby.
The New York Chapter of ASLA hosted a dialogue with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver about public space.
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NYC Parks Commissioner @mitchell_silver stopped by to see our transformed urban green space for PARK(ing) Day. Come out and join the fun! Thank you to @brightview120 for donating the plants! @nyc_dot #streetseats #aslanyc #aslapd17 #landarch @stantec @todayshow @nycparks @landscapearch
Hord Coplan Macht, a landscape architecture firm based in Baltimore, showed off some local pride.
And others just wanted to relax with some friends on a Friday afternoon like these Kansas State University students.
We asked our members to share their parklets on social media with #ASLAPD17. More than 300 users posted nearly 850 times with the hashtag, reaching more than half-a-million people worldwide. To see all posts, visit our Tagboard.