28 Oct '11, 10pm

Parklets vs. parking spaces. Revenge on the modern city. @greensourcemag

Nearly two dozen of these miniparks, designed by a coterie of local architects, have appeared in neighborhoods across the city, from Outer Sunset to the Financial District. Built atop parking spaces in front of cafés, galleries, and shops, these slivers of refuge often contain planters, bike racks, and tables at which passersby can enjoy their locally roasted macchiatos. Technically temporary, they’re designed to slip through city bureaucracy. Permits last one year, at which point the parklet is reevaluated at a public hearing. “It’s representative of a new kind of city planning: full-scale prototypes and iterative, changeable design,” says Matthew Passmore of the firm Rebar, which has designed and built three parklets so far.

Full article: http://greensource.construction.com/news/2011/10/111028-P...

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