Park(ing) Day

Call for Submissions

“Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public places.” - http://parkingday.org/

Who does the city belong to? Ownership of the commons is a recurring question that is constantly negotiated at the ground level by property owners, urban planners, city bylaw officers and maintenance crews. 
Take back our public space! The Drawing Room invites dancers, visual artists, musicians, graffiti writers, filmmakers and anything in between to submit a proposal for a temporary installation using the parking stalls outside our future home at 10135 97 Street, on September 19, from 12 to 8 pm.
The event is based on an open-source project from San Francisco-based architecture firm, ReBar. It has become an annual, worldwide event that invites city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. In recent years, participants have built interventions ranging from free health clinics, urban farming and ecology demonstrations, political seminars, art installations, free bike repair shops and even a wedding ceremony! Although temporary, PARK(ing) Day has inspired direct participation in the civic processes that permanently alter the urban landscape. PARK(ing) Day not only highlights the versatility of public spaces, but also showcases a broad range of artists and encourages people to see the city differently.
The aim of the project is to explore the public/private divide in our communities and ask the question, “Who owns public space and how can the public manipulate these areas through their own creative skills?”
Reclaim your city! Engage your community! Transform a parking stall into a temporary installation, an urban intervention or performance venue. What would you do if you owned a parking stall for a day? 

Download the Call for Submissions here
Deadline for proposals is September 5, 2014.
Visit parkingday.org for more information, resources and inspiration!