In making our city greener, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) participated in Park(ing) Day at two locations in Baltimore city on September 19th. According to parkingday.org, 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.
At 834 W. 36th Street in Hamden, students from the landscape architecture program partnered with local landscape architecture and planning, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc and 2014 City and Regional Planning graduate, Megan Griffith to develop themed, “Farm AS Table”. There were several business owners and by passers on “The Avenue” that stopped to enjoy the new “park” on 36th Street. With this experience, Megan Griffith said, “…this year’s PARK(ing) Day was the best I’ve participated in yet!”
In Mount Vernon, Brian Stansbury and students teamed with the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) to takeover parking spaces at the corner of W. Chase Street and Morton Street. In preparing for Park(ing) Day, students and volunteers worked in CBEIS’s Built Environment Applied Research (BEAR) Lab to help prepare for the two parking areas.