by Snell in New Trends on Thursday 3 January 2008

Rebar is a San Francisco-based art collective making an intelligent demonstration by thinking laterally about the ongoing issue of inner-city parking. On the premise that a metered parking spot is an inexpensive short-term lease for a 10×20 plot of land, the team transforms space dedicated to private vehicle storage into a park. As Rebar states: ‘More than 70% of most cities’ outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle while only a fraction of that land is allocated to open space for people. Around the nation, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel, and more pollution. It’s time to rethink the way streets are used’ The idea has morphed into an annual event — Park(ing) Day — which has a global presence and encourages people to change a parking space into a park.