Erin Fitch, BLA
Boston Architectural College PARK(ing) Day 2016)
As the storefronts along Newbury Street prepare to open their doors, a splash of green amongst the surrounding hardscape is preparing to do the same. Layers of sod surrounded by potted shrubs and the fun colors of cotton-candy sectioned off refuge from the hustle and bustle of the busy street. On the unique morning of Friday, September 16th, 2016, a section of Newbury Street, Boston, became the lucky candidate of a public park. After a successful year one, the Boston Architectural College (BAC) student chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA) partook once again in the celebration in PARK(ing) Day, a day to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. With much enthusiasm, SASLA, in collaboration with the BAC’s The Green Team, transformed a parking space into a temporary park in the prime location situated in front of the BAC 320 Newbury Street building.
Full of excitement from the outcome of PARK(ing) Day 2015, SASLA once again gathered a group of fellow BAC students that were rich with inspiration to partake in a summer charrette to design take two of a pop-up park after discussing the outcomes from the previous event. There then began a process of iteration, followed by the physical construction of the desired proposal.
1st Iteration – Communal Area & Play with Tactility
2nd Iteration – Play with Levels
Day was a day of enjoyment.
Enjoying the sunshine and later the cool shade, the location on Newbury Street attracted visitors of all kinds. From a Parking Enforcement Officer who insisted the park be permanent, to a child who finds excitement from all the textures, to a furry friend lying in the sod, this was a temporary oasis for all.
We look forward to creating another success in fall of 2017!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or interest in PARK(ing) Day 2017.
Core Design/Building Team:
Jacob Ferreira (MLA, SASLA President)
Lance Guerrero (MLA, SASLA Vice President)
Erin Fitch (BLA, SASLA Secretary)
Stephen Lea (MLA, SASLA Communications)
Jonathan Cave (MLA)
Alissa Marcano-Santelli (BDS)
Sonya Bolia (B.Arch)