PARKED TO PLACE
This research views the parking garage as a sub-ecology of sunbelt cities. In this context the ubiquity of the parking garage can be considered as a deep 'palimpsest’ - something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. It has become not only a character of the city, but a necessary integrative structure with untapped potential for inventing new spaces and experiences through this type.
This research touches upon the garage typology as type that has historically been subject to experimentation in circulation and construction technique. In addition, when the parking garage is viewed as a spatial mechanism that serves as an instrument for making an urban structure legible-- the type is elevated into an evolvable structure.