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ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking
     

ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking

by Eran Ben-Joseph
 

ISBN-10: 0262017334

ISBN-13: 9780262017336

Pub. Date: 02/29/2012

Publisher: MIT Press

There are an estimated 600,000,000 passenger cars in the world, and that number is increasing every day. So too is Earth's supply of parking spaces. In some cities, parking lots cover more than one-third of the metropolitan footprint. It's official: we have paved paradise and put up a parking lot. In ReThinking a Lot, Eran Ben-Joseph shares a different

Overview

There are an estimated 600,000,000 passenger cars in the world, and that number is increasing every day. So too is Earth's supply of parking spaces. In some cities, parking lots cover more than one-third of the metropolitan footprint. It's official: we have paved paradise and put up a parking lot. In ReThinking a Lot, Eran Ben-Joseph shares a different vision for parking's future.

Parking lots, he writes, are ripe for transformation. After all, their design and function has not been rethought since the 1950s. With this book, Ben-Joseph pushes the parking lot into the twenty-first century.

Ben-Joseph shows that parking lots can be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and architecturally responsible, and used for something other than car storage. He introduces us to some of the many alternative and nonparking purposes that parking lots have served — from RV campgrounds to stages for "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot." He shows us parking lots that are lushly planted with trees and flowers and beautifully integrated with the rest of the built environment. With purposeful design,Ben-Joseph argues, parking lots could be significant public places, contributing as much to their communities as great boulevards, parks, or plazas. For all the acreage they cover, parking lots have received scant attention. It's time to change that; it's time to rethink the lot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262017336
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii

A Lot on My Mind xi

1 A Lot in Common 1

Mediocrity 3

Demand 8

Functional 9

Occupied 13

Cost and Consequences 17

Lots of Lifestyles 24

Nature 32

Public Realm 39

Mental Domination 45

First and Last 49

2 Lots of Time 51

Before the Car 53

Roads and Curbs: A Short History 59

From Street to Lot: Chaos to Order 62

From Center to Edge: Decline and Growth 73

From One to Many: Regulate or Not 84

From Black to Green: Adapt and Mitigate 92

3 Lots of Excellence 95

Integration-In 101

Integration-Out 105

Flexibility = Complexity 105

Culture + Art 109

Event Place 113

Activism 117

Remediation 118

Gardens 123

Water 127

Design Attention 129

Musing a Lot 135

Notes 139

Other References 149

Index 153

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