How Parking Lot Design Can Revitalize Blighted Suburban Areas [Pics]
These four new designs take Long Island's parking lots to task.
In the quest to reclaim urban space, parking lots and similar structures have been a popular battleground for urbanists and architects, as they often represent large tracts of unused land that offer little existing aesthetic contribution. Now, in Long Island, arguably the ParkingPLUS proposals, which are a follow-up to 2010's Build a Better Burb competition, encourage behaviors that have created more livable downtowns while combining personal and public transit in striking new configurations. Though these proposals to reinvigorate a 4,000 sq ft parking lot are still mere pipe dreams right now, each was carefully examined for cost and suitability to each area's needs, making them a possibility for the future.