Man, Machine, and Movement: The Parking Garage

May 6, 2008

Since the late 1890s, parking garages have had a key role in shaping urban form. In this time, changes in transportation and structure technology have transformed our physical landscape.

Through the lens of movement devices, and how people move through space, this talk discussed the evolution of ramps, mechanization, and elevators in parking garages as well as how bicycles, electric vehicles, and advanced forms of transit have impacted structured parking.

In this program, Shannon Sanders McDonald used the parking garage to look at the synergy between architects, urban planners, environmentalists, and transportation planners as they grapple with integrating their various disciplines to create new ideas and solutions for man and machine in the 21st century.

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Shannon Sanders McDonald

Shannon Sanders McDonald is a practicing architect licensed in Georgia and Illinois, as well as a frequent speaker on architecture, parking, transportation, and related issues as well as a recent author of The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form, published by the Urban Land Institute. She is a 1992 graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, where she was awarded a Business and Professional Women's Scholarship. In 1994–1995, McDonald worked with Carol Ross Barney in designing the award-winning Little Village Academy, in Chicago. She has also worked on many other public and transportation-related projects and with architecture students in universities across the country integrating architecture, planning, transportation, sustainability, and design creating new ideas for the future.