HASSELL is PARK(ing) in Adelaide this Friday
In what has become an annual tradition, HASSELL is participating in International PARK(ing) Day this Friday.
PARK(ing) Day is a global event calling on artists, designers and citizens to transform their city's metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. It is based on the idea that paying a parking meter is like 'renting' a public space – instead of parking a car, why not park something else.
Ben Willsmore and Alex Hall from HASSELL are both co-ordinators of the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day, which is supported by the Adelaide City Council. HASSELL will also be exhibiting a unique concept at the event.
"Our idea was to create something that disappears by the end of the day," said Alex. "We often use terms like reuse, recycle, reconstruct and retrofit in relation to sustainability, but these approaches still have a significant impact on the environment, as temporary structures are usually made from permanent materials. Our team thought – why not make our exhibit from temporary materials and minimise the impact on the environment."
The HASSELL exhibit, named Re-Do, is made of ice, set in traffic cone moulds - it's a play on the parking and traffic theme. The temporary ice exhibit will melt away by the end of the day.
Last year, there were 850 PARKs in 183 cities in 30 countries. Adelaide alone had 37 PARKs – the third highest number for any city in the world. The 2012 event is set to be even bigger and better.
"PARK(ing) Day encourages us to get creative, use our imagination and think beyond standard uses of city space," said Ben.
If you're in Adelaide on Friday 21 September, be sure to check it out.
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