GETTING READY FOR SEPTEMBER 18 2009.
Changing the city until the meter runs out.
Feb 28, 2008
Talking Point (#!4) Talking jargon
I sometimes forget I work in a world of planning jargon, and I can easily tell you PARK(ing) Day is all about the public realm, but "public realm" might mean nothing to you.
This is the space between and within buildings that are publicly accessible, including streets, squares, forecourts, parks and open spaces (London Plan Glossary)
Outdoor areas accessible to the public. (Wychavon District Council)
Public realm is the collective spaces that connect people to destinations, and is largely focused on streets, footpaths and spaces such as plazas and parks. Apart from being linkages that people move through, these spaces can also function as destinations and gathering spaces. Typically understood as "public owned" land, but increasingly publicly accessible privately owned land also plays a role in achieving good place outcomes.
PARK(ing) Day started in 2005 as a temporary art project to raise awareness about the lack of green spaces in San Francisco’s downtown. It’s based on the idea that feeding a parking meter is like “renting” a space. But instead of parking car, why not park something better! Every September, people around the world are now transforming ‘car parks’ to ‘people parks’. These PARKs are fun and visual symbols of communities wanting to improve urban quality.
PARK(ing) Day is all about 1) Calling attention to the importance of urban public spaces 2) Rethinking the way we use our streets 3) Creating diverse conversations about how we make sustainable cities.
Brisbane PARK(ing) also proudly supports PARKers in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania. Email us and we can link you.
This is currently NOT Brisbane City Council endorsed. Building PARKs on PARK(ing) Day is at your own risk. You will be acting independently of REBAR and the coordinators of Brisbane PARK(ing) Day. Read the BCC parking local laws. Obey the law, be sensible and have fun!
By participating in PARK(ing) Day, you voluntarily and entirely assume the risk of liability and agree to indemnify and hold harmless REBAR, the coordinators of of Brisbane PARK(ing) Day, Brisbane City Council and other land owners of parking spaces, and their respective employees, officers, directors and members. You also agree to obey the law and the directives of any duly-authorized law enforcement officer.
Remember, PARK(ing) Day is about operating for the broader public good!
Brisbane PARK(ing) Day is an open invitation to ANYONE who cares about the design and quality of our urban places and communities. PARK(ing) Day is currently being supported by some of Brisbane's most passionate and creative individuals, businesses and groups including -