PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
Find more information on: www.parkingday.org
Park(ing) Day – Johannesburg 2013 was the first approach to provide temporary public open space and to join the global debate from a “World Class African City” – perspective.
We are a team of architects, planners and artists with different cultural backgrounds who love, live and enjoy this city despite or because its enormous spatial divergence.
Johannesburg with its extraordinary history of rapid urbanization, regulation of space and separation of its inhabitants, is facing rapid regeneration.
In it’s times of transition the use and perception of the public realm changed dramatically. The opening of the urban space during democratization transformed the streets of Johannesburg into “no-go” areas, an unusable place of fear for the higher- and middle-income class.
With the developments of the past years the urban becomes more accessible for all inhabitants – but also fosters the discussion on equality and the “right to the city”.
With our initiative Park(ing) Day – Johannesburg we want to create a different perception of the public space – inclusive and interactive – by showing its possibility of positive, noncommercial activities and use.
Furthermore we want to enrich the debate on ecological and social sustainable aspects of the city from public transport and green space to informal economies and safety issues.
The chosen location of Park(ing) Day Johannesburg 2013 – the area of Braamfontein is a focus point of urban regeneration – a corporate district, educational center, entertainment and arts hub. (Wikipedia) It has a diverse group of users but is also center of discussion on negative aspects of urban revitalization like gentrification and privatization.
Park(ing) Day – Johannesburg 2013 did not work with parking-meters but actual people – parking guides who we payed and collaborated to use the according space and redefine this 5 by 2.5 m or 12.5m2 around the topics: create, research, play and relax!
text Marlene Wagner
Creative Team : Blanca Calvo, Io Makandal, Marlene Wagner, Sumayya Vally