Here’s the drawing I did for a recent competition to design a ‘Parklet’ space in the London Borough of Southwark. A parklet is a mini park if you like, a small community seating and meeting place that is built into an existing parking space on the street. It is an idea that is taking off in America and seems to be gaining some currency here in the UK. It is a lovely idea that creates break out spaces for people and reclaims some of the road back from cars. The spaces are tiny though – 8m x 2m – so they require some ingenuity of design.
The competition called for sustainable materials, a modular build and ideas to incorporate air pollution monitoring. I proposed a variety of familiar items such as metal cans and steel drums recycled and reformatted into features such as planters and a screen to shield the users from the street. Seating and a floor from recycled boards and integrated pollution friendly planting also featured. The whole space could be built and relocated as a series of modular features.
If I had won I would have posted images MUCH sooner. The competition was strong and I didn’t get placed but as well as putting my mind to a different type of pop up design I enjoyed the process of designing a tiny streetscape space with emphasis on a simple and transferable construction.