Architects to temporarily transform downtown Indianapolis parking spaces

How can design solve the problems of humanity? Does curbside parking contribute to air pollution?

Confront these questions, as well as architects who have commandeered valuable downtown parking spots, on Sept. 17.

In celebration of “PARK(ing) Day,” the Indianapolis chapter of Architecture for Humanity will convert 10 parking
spaces in front of the Borders bookstore on Meridian Street at Washington Street into a curbside landscape. Last year, the
group filled two spaces with sod, paving stones and flowers. Why?

OTB architecture A group called Architecture for Humanity will convert 10 parking spaces in front of Borders into a park-like landscape.
(IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

According to Matthew Passmore of the San Francisco-based firm Rebar, “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive
curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. The strategies that generated these conditions
are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant urban human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about reimagining the possibilities
of the metropolitan landscape.”

Local chapter leader ChunSheh Teo of Ratio Architects said AFH seeks partner organizations to participate in PARK(ing) Day.
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