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Preparing for PARK(ing) Day 2013

This week, we have been gearing up for PARK(ing) Day 2013, an international event sponsored by the Nashville Civic Design Center.  The second annual PARK(ing) Day will be tomorrow, Friday September 20th, showcasing over 30 metered parking spaces transformed for the day’s event.  The PARK(ing) Day concept began in 2005 by San Francisco-based design firm Rebar, when they turned one parking space into a temporary public space.  The idea has since caught on and is now a widespread, globally-recognized annual event.

This year, Tuck Hinton Architects will participate by designing a parking space at the corner of 5th Avenue and lower Broadway, only a few short blocks from our office.  We have several interesting things in store, including seating and planting elements made out of used tires, and an unusual choice of mulch in the form of discarded purple hull pea pods.

We have partnered with Bridgestone tires who have donated tires in support of their Spent Tire Program.  For each tire sold through Bridgestone, one is recycled, virtually eliminating their waste.  Tomorrow, representatives from Bridgestone will be visiting the parking space and will have information about the ways that tires can be recycled for other purposes.

Another crucial partner is Gardens of Babylon, who we visited today to pick up plants for the parking spot.  They were generous enough to donate two SUV loads full of gorgeous plants, which will complete our design nicely.  We owe a huge thank you to these two organizations for their energy and help!

Below you will find photos of our design process so far–from gathering the used tires in the office parking lot, to cleaning them, to shaping them in a full-scale mockup.  Stay tuned for more photos as things come together for tomorrow’s event!