DoTank:Brooklyn will be participating in Park(ing) day this year. Park(ing) day is “an annual, one-day, global event, where artists, activists, and citizens, independently but simultaneously transform transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.”
Take this photo for example; the photo is not associated with Park(ing) Day, but is certainly in its spirit, where a local entrepreneur has reclaimed a few parking spaces and used that PUBLIC space to sell local goods that can brighten up the lives of local residents.
It makes you wonder how much better this street would be if this market stand was here on a permanent basis… Ask yourself, what do we need more - more parked cars, or more local produce and community-serving retail?
In this vein of thought, DoTank:Brooklyn will be participating in Park(ing) day at a TBD parking spot in the borough of Brooklyn. Let us know if you have any ideas.
You can learn more about Park(ing) Day here.
This is a call for partners in NY, and beyond, who want to work with us on the Build a Better Burb contest in Long Island, NY.
As you can tell from our website, we are not a traditional planning/architectural/design group. And as you may have already guessed, our submittal for the Build a Better Burb contest will not be a traditional submittal. We will not submit a bunch of renderings that may or may not happen when/if our great great grandchildren have the resources to make it so. What we will do is marshal our resources to improve the here and now.
Our goal is to work with local partners, the brightest DIY minds in the region, or any body with just plain ole ambition, to use this contest as an opportunity to demonstrate that we don’t have to wait decades to “fix” the suburbs - we can start the actual building process right now.
We want to partner with anyone who has the desire and ability to build a better burb; whether that means adding to the suburban transportation infrastructure, ameliorating its mental pollution, diminishing its food deserts, or addressing one of the other problems that the burbs are experiencing. If you’re interested, please send us an email.
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