On September 21st, the whole world participated in Parking Day, a global initiative that sees people working together to temporarily transform a regular old parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces where the public can engage, relax, and interact. 1080 is passionate about initiatives such as PARK(ing) Day because it sparks interest and conversation around the use of public space.
Architecture is a form of responsible and functional art. It influences the way we interact with the environment, with each other, and our surroundings. Our concept explores two distinct locations within the city, both with varying needs of improvement and development. The pavilions engaged the public to interact and explore architecture in both a restricted, focused view, as well as to explore solutions to broad areas. The ideas either built on each other or were completely new, and each idea was photographed and displayed within the pavilion.
We chose locations both downtown and in Regina’s Warehouse District to emphasize how architecture and art, despite being geographically separated, are linked through architectural expression. Commonalities were apparent throughout the process, and represented the greater interest of each individual as a community.
The pavilions utilized recycled building components and expression of shapes to focus the participant’s view on architectural details, typical of differing eras. The visitor was then invited to express their own ideas on how to improve these locations through sketches on a large transparent drawing surface. The salvaged wood planks and glass window panes created a pavilion for sketching allowed passers-by to envision the city’s future from the fabrics of the past.
We had an absolute blast and loved seeing what people envisioned for the future of Regina. Ideas ranged from a permanent farmers’ market, to a carnival, to a fancy restaurant, to a T-Rex taking down a building.