Bringing together not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens to take ownership of urban space, I changed the quality of dialog about the city we live in while empowering others to do the same.
PARK(ing) Day is a 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 mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
What I Accomplished
- Empowering citizens to play a more active role in how their city is planned and utilized, I lead not-for-profit organizations, businesses, municipal departments and everyday citizens in London’s first PARK(ing) Day, setting the foundational ground work for subsequent years lead by first-year participants.
- Developing an ongoing dialog surrounding the concepts of urban space, place, and the interactions between pedestrians, automobiles and both space & place, I helped to establish a ‘creative’ essence for community engagement that would later become an unofficial standard in an overly conservative and traditional city.
- Identifying ‘quick wins’ for how our urban spaces could be better utilized and improved, my work and the subsequent dialog has informed more permanent local infrastructure projects being integrated into our streets, improving and enhancing the overall quality of life in public spaces.
- Location: London, Canada
- Date: 2010
- Role: Chief Instigator
- Website: www.parkingday.org