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PARK PARK / Public City Architecture

PARK PARK / Public City Architecture

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  • Design Team:Liz Wreford, Peter Sampson, Taylor LaRocque
  • Clients:Calgary Parking Authority
  • Fabricators/Installers:Wood Anchor
  • Fabricators & Installers:Wood Anchor
  • City:Calgary
  • Country:Canada
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Text description provided by the architects. PARK PARK is a room of parked curiosities designed to provoke a non-prescriptive rethink of the ubiquitous neighbourhood parking lot and the way we designate land use in our cities. We are all too familiar with the barren landscape formed by surface parking lots; they exist all across North America. In contrast, PARK PARK is designed as a layer cake of uses where single-use has long prevailed. This ‘parking lot park’ provides a colourful, vibrant collision of activities that takes on new meaning and provokes new conversations about the role of parking lots in urban neighbourhoods.

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Site plan
Site plan

The park is lined with a tall building-scaled scaffolding that frames objects constructed as symbolic iconography of park use scattered throughout the lot. The life-size signs create a kind of Wonderland designed to shake visitors free of everything they know about parking lots and the generic use-specific appointment of urban land. Not subtle, not austere, not ordered, PARK PARK is one-part play, another part provocation about the prescriptive authority of designated land planning borne out of the less is more or form follows function thinking applied to urban planning over the last century. At PARK PARK, more is more and form follows pleasure.

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Elevation
Elevation
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At PARK PARK, you look through a life-size symbol of a tree to see a child playing hockey against a coloured garage door. Peer through a campfire (complete with a motion-activated hand warmer!) and you will find a car. Glance across the picnic table and there’s a bicycle flickering in a forest of steel trees. PARK PARK is a place of curiosities made from parks. This is a parking park, a sitting park, a playing park, a gathering park, a riding park, a park kind of a park.

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Address:Calgary, AB, Canada

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Cite: "PARK PARK / Public City Architecture" 08 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/949125/park-park-public-city-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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