PARK(ing) Day 2018 in pictures

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Last Friday was PARK(ing) Day, a day celebrated globally when citizens, artists, activists and designers collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into PARK(ing).

The project began in 2005 when San Francisco art and design studio, Rebar, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in the city. That original PARK(ing) lasted two hours - which was the amount of time that space could be rented for, according to the meter. When the meter expired, Rebar rolled up the sod, packed away the bench and the tree, gave the block a good sweep, and left.

Photo courtesy of New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Photo courtesy of New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Rebar says it created the PARK(ing)  to explore the the range of possible activities for this short-term lease, and to provoke a critical examination of the values that generate the form of urban public space.

Now celebrated internationally PARK(ing) Day’s mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate debate on how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. And of course, to have a bit of fun!

Here’s a look at how PARK(ing) Day was interpreted around Auckland.