PARK in(g)
a(nd) PARK

Through exploring the reform of the Taubman College Parking lot with outdoor educational facilities, the project is challenging the role of Surface Parking as an infrastructure and transition space.

Parking is a type of transportation infrastructure - it provides storage for cars and acts as a transition space from driving to walking and vice versa. Campus (surface) parking serves the people who drive to school but creates an invisible boundary to alienate the surroundings and non-driving users. We can think of the parking as communal space but not "private property" anymore. Parking can have its own transition space, such as a walkshed, sitting area, outdoor educational facilities, etc.

The impact of the COVID-19 drives the temporary closure of institutions, remote learning mode, and outdoor space demand. Taubman College's campus parking at the University of Michigan, an inactive and low-efficient area, becomes an ideal site to test it out. The design pays attention to the programming, public safety, and community connection. By rethinking and using 'a Lot' to layout the site, the project visions a different parking's future.  It introduces many non-parking uses, such as education, sport, social, and greens, purposing parking lots can serve for something other than car storage.
Faculty Advisor:
Julia McMorrough