Rethinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking

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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, as he points out, 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.

Can't parking lots be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and architecturally responsible? Used for something other than car storage? Ben-Joseph shows us that they can. He provides a visual history of this often ignored urban space, introducing us to some of the many alternative and nonparking purposes that parking lots have served—from RV campgrounds to stages for "Shakespeare in the ParkingLot." He shows us parking lots that are not concrete wastelands but 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.

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"The book is sturdy and handsome with useful notes and bibliography."--C.W.Westfall, Choice

The MIT Press

"...[T]he depth of research into the topic and the presentation of it in a lot of context and history make it a truly useful addition to your library." -- Urban
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262017336
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 964,969
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eran Ben-Joseph has worked as a city planner and urban designer in Europe, Asia, the MiddleEast, and the United States. Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT, he is the author of The Code of the City (MIT Press) and coauthor of Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities and RENEW Town.

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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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