Alfresco PARK(ing) in Adelaide

ParkingLeading architecture design and planning firm, HASSELL, will be among the design firms transforming city car parks into ‘people parks’ today, 17 September 2010, as part of the inaugural Adelaide PARK(ing) Day.

HASSELL’s ‘Street Studio’ on Pirie Street will be a design ‘office’ with a difference – drawing boards, physical models and concept displays will be surrounded by trees on a lawn carpet- and will encourage passersby to stop and enjoy the space Ed Mitchell, Graduate Architect at HASSELL, said the team is looking forward to the event’s Adelaide debut.

“PARK(ing) Day is a great opportunity to demonstrate how public space could be used. Paying for parking is like renting a public space, so why not get creative and park something other than a car?” Mr Mitchell said.
“It’s also a chance to take our designs to the streets and interact with the public to understand how they feel about urban design and how they’d like to see public spaces used in the future.

“We’re encouraging people to drop by and sketch out some ideas on Friday, as well as to talk with some of the firm’s up and coming designers,” he said.

International PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event that was established in San Francisco in 2005. Designed to rethink the way we use our streets, International PARK(ing) Day seeks to draw attention to urban design and last year saw parks spring up in 140 cities.

WHAT: HASSELL’s street studio as part of the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day initiative
WHERE: Outside Adelaide City Council Colonel Light Centre 25 Pirie Street Adelaide
WHEN: Friday 17 September 2010 9:00am – 3.00pm
VISUALS: Public interacting with young designers and utilising the transformed carpark space, complete with lawn, trees and drawing boards

HASSELL is one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary architecture, design and planning firms. Since establishing in Adelaide in 1938, it has grown to become one of the nation’s largest and most respected with 11 offices located throughout Australia and Asia. For further information visit

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