PARKING DAY 2016
Washington, DC, SE
Temporary Installation 2016
LAB’s inaugural concept for Park(ing) Day pays homage to the archetypal “turf, plants, and seating” parklet by reinterpreting it as a series of sculptural and functional elements. Partnering with our neighbors at Rose’s Luxury, and their (recently relocated) cafe known as Pineapples & Pearls, LAB created a small oasis for the neighbors and passers-by to gather along 8th Street in the Barrack’s Row neighborhood. The parklet’s design is organized by three undulating surfaces that emerge from the asphalt to function as a communal table at the sidewalk and two sculptural benches that back up to the street. A dense layer of sedum mat caps each form, providing a tactile, visually-engaging, and playful aspect to the elements. Repurposed milk crates (provided by Rose’s) were capped with swatches of synthetic turf to provide an additional buffer from traffic and seating for curious passersby. On Parking Day, Turf’s Up! provided a dynamic and engaging stage for local street life and a delightful reminder of the importance of art and community in our daily lives.
Material Donations - Sedum mat from Sempergreen
PARK[ING] DAY - Since 2005, designers and like-minded urbanists have used Park(ing) Day, a worldwide phenomenon, to highlight the untapped value of public space. LAB has been participating since 2016. Each year’s project becomes an opportunity to explore new approaches to designing public space while partnering with local organizations and engaging with the local community.