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May 17, 2012

ParkPark: A Parking Lot Garden

Parking lots are ugly. They are vast stretches of concrete and asphalt that are, frankly, an eyesore. What if you could beautify them with greenery and vegetation by turning the parking space dividers into a veritable Hanging Garden of Babylon? That’s exactly what Kevin Hsieh, an industrial design student at the California College of Arts set out to do. Hsieh created ParkPark, a series of vertical trellises that are capable of growing vegetation. Hsieh was inspired by the difficulty he found parking in a particular lot at his college. According to his personal portfolio site: “I decided to design a cheap and quick to deploy [sic] vertical gardening system that not only physically divide the parking spaces according to average U.S parking space dimensions, but also allows the students to “adopt” a spot. Each student is responsible for the vertical garden’s vegetation, and therefore making beautifying the parking lot a collective effort.” ParkPark is a uniquely simple and elegant solution to the parking lot problem. What do you think? Do you think something like this would work? Would people come together to help beautify a parking lot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.