Brisbane, what did you do on PARK(ing) Day? The global event that transformed Brisbane on 19 September 2008
Brisbane event- www.brisbaneparkingday.blogspot.com ------ Global event - www.parkingday.org
PARK(ing) Day started in 2005 by Rebar to raise awareness about the lack of green spaces in San Francisco’s downtown. It transformed an on-street car park into a public park by temporarily providing turf, seating and shade. It is based on the idea that paying for a parking meter is like ‘renting’ a public space. Since then it has been creatively adapted and sparked imaginations around the world and in 2008 there were over 450 PARKs in 50 major cities, including New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Brisbane was the third largest PARK(ing) cities worldwide with 47 registered PARKs. Brisbane PARK(ing) Day is all about – 1. Calling attention to the importance for urban public spaces 2. Rethinking the way we use our streets 3. Creating diverse conversations about how we can make sustainable cities. (sustainable transport, public art, community development, food production etc) The PARKs are surprising, fun additions to the everyday street environments, and contributes to place-making by questioning our basic assumptions about urban space while offering provocative and meaningful alternatives.
Brisbane PARKs happened in Gaythorne, Stafford Heights, Fortitude Valley, South Bank, CBD, Morningside, West End, UQ St Lucia
Perspective View, Group 15 UQ Architecture Students, St Lucia
Block Park(ing), Group 14 UQ Architecture Students, St Lucia
Haptic City, Group 3 UQ Architecture Students, St Lucia
FAVOURITE PARKs (voted by cluster locations)
Boo Crew Rickshaws and Climate Torch West End to South Bank
Hassell Young Designers Group Edward Street, CBD
JW Concepts Minimine St, Stafford Heights
Party for One and Avid Reader Boundary Street, West End
Queensland College of Art Little Stanley Street, South Bank
Brisbane’s Favourite PARK 2008
“Work’s a picnic at The Green Office!’ Deicke Richards (working with Dig-it, Black Pearl Epicure, ECC Lighting and Stockade Nursery) 58 Baxter St, Fortitude Valley This PARK transformed several of the off-street parking spaces at the Deicke Richards’ offices into an outdoor boardroom. They also hosted a BBQ lunch for their neighbours. This office of architects, landscape architects and urban designers prides itself on sustainability, a happy working environment, and being a practice that is innovative, imaginative and community minded. Their design sought to call attention to the importance for urban public spaces, create a relationship with neighbours and suppliers and encourage staff to use alternative method of travel to work.
“I’ve never seen such a transformation!! The little green park was beautifully put together. By far the best PARK(ing) day experience on offer in Brisbane…. Thoroughly enjoyed it and they really showcased how wonderful it would be to have more green spaces” by Victoria, a PARK(ing) visitor
2008 TEAMS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
HASSELL - Young Designers Group (Annie, Kate, Michael, Jack, Ivan, Liz, Michelle, Josephine) Deicke Richards with Dig-it and Black Pearl Epicure Conics (Deanne, Tessa, Luke, Claire,Celine, Kylie, Ben) Transition East (Rolf Kuelsen) Party for One (Brittany Guy, Lauren Celland) and Avid Reader Queensland Greens & Vegetarian Vegan Society Queensland PedBikeTrans and Bicycle Queensland map magazine Riddel Architecture JW Concepts Prelude PARK (Anna Dadson) Living City Programme Björn Rust & Surya Graf UGees West End (Susan Harvey) Queensland College of Art, Griffith University OBJX - Luxxbox Blackstar Coffee Food Connect Campos Coffee QLD Wally Wight, Doris Hakala, Andrew Wight, Alex Wight EDAW Posto Coffee Shop Paul, Alex, Josh and 4C Arts Collective Adam Magerison, David Lightfoot, Will Bernardoff and David Bremner Barbarian Philosophers (Juliette Nivard, Genevieve Butler and Joff Bush) The Wandering Room (Angela Rossitto, David Creed, Sarah Werkmeister, Andrew Forsyth, Eric Bridgeman, Nancy Stilianos) Tonic Design (Matt, Justin, Nathan, Ross, Sharon, Bianca, Jeff and Melissa) UQ Group 1 - Trent Bell, Henry Coates, Joshua Greaney, James Hollanby UQ Group 2: 2² : Lana Aupaau, Fahimah Badrulhisham, Jessie Obien, Ariya Phathanachindakit
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UQ Group 3 - Amy Learmonth, Chris Skinner, Steph Ring, Thien Van Nguyen UQ Group 4 - Elizabeth Bennett Priscilla Choi Caroline Shaw Lynn Wang UQ Group 5 - Nichola Higgs, Nicola Eason, Kristin Hamer, Rachael McCall UQ Group 6 - Pyungwon Lee, Peter Tran, Laisiasa Utovou, Daniel Yu UQ Group 7 - Chen Tang Ben Godfrey Richard Harris Leo Jin UQ Group 8 - Caroline Kemp, Tess Martin, Kara Withanage, Stephanie Krippner UQ Group 9 - Will Cunningham Carolyn Jo Frankie Lau Aaron Tien UQ Group 10 - Ziggy Jarzab, Garth Hsu, Chris Hsu, Nordiana Mohammad UQ Group 11- Allen Luo, David Liu,Yin Liu, Ertao Chen UQ Group 12 - Mitch Bath, Greg Clarke, Mark Deacon, Chris Norton, Mitch Walsh UQ Group 13 - Luke Gavioli, Eddie Welsh, James Baker, Tim Turner UQ Group 14 - Oni Ieong Xiao Ma Tian Li Amy Ly UQ Group 15- Ami Nakayama Leah Gallagher Chris Chu Kevin Park Stephanie McLeish UQ Group 16 - Marjorie Dixon Jessica Spresser Alan Delmas Cameron Sturtridge UQ Group 17- Quang Duc Bui, Chris Kotmel, Hee Chan Park, Kwan Mo Yang UQ Group 18 - Joseph Pappalardo, Jackson Carnell, Ben Wood, Matthew Farr. UQ Group 19 - Calum Prasser, Yiyang Zhang, Raymond Setiadi, Michael Coleman. UQ Tour De Park - Kristy Walters, Jessie Wells Climate Torch and Rickshaws - Boo Crew Boomtown Bike Tour - Cee Carlson
There were many more individuals involved in PARK(ing) and this only reflects our best info based on registrations and emails. We sincerely thank EVERYONE who was involved.
The Project for Public Spaces (www.pps.org/) has â€œ11 Principles of Making Great Placesâ€? which Brisbane /LYMPIC PARK(ing) Day supports and advocatesASSIGNMENT
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I FIND him on the internet; apparently thatâ€™s where you look for these types of people. We agree to meet in a local park. Heâ€™s already waiting for me when I arrive. Hunched over in the shade of a water tank in the picnic area, he sits on the table instead of the benches. Tall and thin, he looks around before acknowledging me. â€œAre you Mr... ?â€œ â€œUh uh uh, no names,â€? he interrupts, a hand held towards my mouth. â€œSo what should I call you?â€? â€œJust call me number 2821.â€? He points to the far end of the park. â€œThatâ€™s where it last happened.â€? It doesnâ€™t really look any different to me but 2821 shifts nervously as I turn back to him. â€œConďŹ dentiality is important,â€? he repeats before recounting his story. No. 2821 is part of a growing socio-political movement, a movement that started in New York in the 1970s and is just now beginning to make its mark in Australia. Heâ€™s breaking the law but he is no criminal, despite the illicit work he and his comrades commit. No. 2821 is a guerilla gardener. â€œLike many Brisbane streets mine is hot, dusty and barrenâ€Ś In spring 2004 I held a street tree-planting meeting with council ofďŹ cers. They agreed to plant trees,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™re still waiting.â€? So 2821 took matters into his own hands. He took a spade, bucket and native trees â€“ grown legally at home from wildsourced seed â€“ along to National Tree Day celebrations at the park where we meet. There was a pile of mulch waiting to be used. But he says he was told that he couldnâ€™t plant his trees because of the drought, despite a full water tank. A woman standing nearby overheard the conversation and pulled him aside, offering to plant and water the trees. â€œThat was when I turned to guerilla gardeners and she was my ďŹ rst recruit,â€? 2821 says.
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Pioneered by San Francisco arts collective Rebar in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is based on the idea that paying for a parking meter is like â€˜rentingâ€™ a public space.