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EVENT: New Mex Hex – PARK(ing) Day

September 15
at 516 ARTS

516 ARTS announced New Mex Hex – PARK(ing) Day by the UNM Landscape and Architecture students in partnership with ACE Leadership High School. PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art, and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical discussion around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human environments. 

Here in Albuquerque, various groups have participated in PARK(ing) Day. This year promises to bring another opportunity to reflect on local urban spaces and how they might be re-envisioned and utilized to improve human habitats. Responding to the themes of 516 ARTS current exhibition, Cross Pollination, UNM landscape and architecture students incorporate plants and their pollinators into a space that is sure to invite the cross pollination of ideas around place, public spaces and urban human interactions.

This project was made possible in part by RAKS Building Supply, Plant World, SMPC Architects, and NM ASLA