Park(ing) Day 2015 with Mid City Redevelopment

Park(ing) Day occurs annually on the third Friday in September. 

Temporary interventions can be a compelling and powerful way to understand a place, engage people, and challenge public perceptions of the urban environment. Park(ing) Day is a national event that encourages citizens and artists to re-imagine areas normally designated for public parking.  On average there are 3 parking spaces per car in a metropolitan area.  What would happen if 1 of those parking spaces turned into a community green space.  15 LSU architecture students accepted the challenge at three different sites in Mid City - BR.  The event was in partnership with Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and local Mid City Merchants. Find images on social media tagged #parkingdayBR. 

Site #1: Baton Rouge General Hospital   //   3500 Florida Boulevard, 10:00 AM - 7:00 pM

Key Issue: Sustenance (Food Systems) in Communities
Other partners: Whole Foods Baton Rouge, Agame Yoga
Challenge: Engage the public in education about food deserts, the benefits of fresh foods, how they can be grown, and host a participatory planting activity
Other activities on site: Yoga classes (10a-2p), Whole Foods Grant Program table, on-site nutritionist, adult recess

 

Site #2: Aladdin's Lamp Antiques   //   2648 Government Street, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Key Issue: Literacy in Communities
Other partners: Brew-Ha-Ha Coffee, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, LSU Museum of Art, Gaudet Bros.
Challenge: Engage the public in education about literacy, the benefits of reading, ways to access books, this site will host a book drive to stock little free libraries that will be placed throughout Mid City
Other activities on site: Brew-haha serving coffee, lemonade, and cake balls (free with book donation!)

 

Site #3: The Radio Bar   //   3079 Government Street, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Key Issue: Cultural Importance of Art in Communities
Other partners: Body image Tattoo, Atomic Pop Shop, Bricks and Bombs, Violet Lotus Studio
Challenge: Engage the public in education about the cultural value of all art, especially non-traditional forms art non-traditional venues, expose the public to the breadth of what is considered art and the benefits of making art; this site will host a participatory art project and pop-up gallery
Other activities on site: Belly dancing, food truck, and live music

Partners

Park(ing) Day
Mid City Redevelopment Alliance
LSU School of Architecture
 

Participating Students

Renzi Terrebonne, B. Arch, 2017
Thomas Woodard, B. Arch, 2017
Olivia Adams, B. Arch, 2017
Meaghan Crain, B. Arch, 2016
Alex Sorapuru, B. Arch, 2017
Jacob Cotton, B. Arch, 2017
Bayleigh Miller, B. Arch, 2017
Louis Angelloz, B. Arch, 2017
Paul Kenney, B. Arch, 2016
Kyle Schroeder, B. Arch, 2016
Jennifer Price, M. Arch, 2016
Travis Dickerson, M. Arch, 2017
Barry Holton, M. Arch 2017