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The Tuesdays at APA–Chicago after-work lecture series went on hiatus following the November 2014 program.
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Micro Placemaking with Macro Results: Designing DC's First Semi-Permanent Parklet
Thursday, October 15, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. ET
Note the day and location: This month's event takes place on a Thursday at the offices of Gensler, 2020 K St., NW, in Washington, D.C.
In July, D.C.'s first seasonal parklet popped up along K Street's busy commercial district. Transforming two parking spots into a playful, interactive micro-park, it invites pedestrians and office workers into a small oasis with fern and liatris.
Called "parKIT," this new public space was designed by Gensler in collaboration with the Golden Triangle BID, as a toolkit for D.C.'s parklets. Wedge-shaped, multi-use modules of various heights can be scattered and rearranged by the public, and the scene at the parklet has been ever-changing since its opening.
In this presentation, the parKIT team of Laura Carey, Claire Kang, and Carolyn Sponza, AIA, will discuss the lessons learned from the design process, various reactions, and discoveries through the daily operation of the parklet.
Also, they will share their observations on how temporary urban spaces can generate a new type of participation and placemaking in D.C.
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Get full details about this program and the speakers, and read about the Tuesdays at APA–DC programs scheduled for future months.