Ever wonder how the urban space taken up by parking spots could be repurposed in people-oriented ways? If Labplatz—a recent workshop at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin—is any indication, it could host everything from tiny dance parties and picnic spots to swimming pools and one-meter houses. Participants spent a day transforming parking spots into people-friendly places as a means to “understand the importance of urban public space, rethink the way we use public space and our streets, and encourage discussion about how we can make cities and urban spaces people friendly.”
A public space initiative in a similar vein kicks off in Vancouver tomorrow on Thursday, July 5. Lunch Meet sees the 300 block of Abbott closed off to cars every Thursday in July from 11:30 am to 2 pm. The downtown street will be transformed into an outdoor urban lunch spot, complete with a nine-metre-long table where people can enjoy a communal meal.