Mid City Studio and Mid City Redevelopment take Park(ing) Day 2015

Park(ing) Day occurs annually on September 18. 

Temporary, built interventions can serve as a compelling and powerful way to understand place, engage people, and challenge public perceptions. National PARK(ing) Day is an established, open-source event that challenges citizens and artists to re-imagine the space of the car. How can we rethink the space we allot to parking? How can it be used for something more beneficial to the overall community rather than a single business or automobile driver? 15 LSU architecture students accepted the challenge at three different sites in partnership with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and local businesses. Find images on social media tagged #parkingdayBR. Find the studio on Instagram @midcitystudioBR and Facebook.com/midcitystudioBR.

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