In the cities, the car’s insatiable appetite for space crowds out bikes and pedestrians. Today’s cities where every corner is invaded by cars, can you imagine any road sides not full of parked car rows leaving no gateways to padestrians? You could not, could you!
But the American activist art and design group REBAR did imagine! And they initiated the Parkcycle project for the international event called Park(ing) Day, re-considering the deviant, auto-centric infastructure of the city.
Park(ing) Day is an international event that reclaims parking spots and transforms them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year.
And“The Parkcycle” is a human-powered open space distribution system designed for agile movement within the existing auto-centric urban infrastructure. Using a rapid plug-in-play approach, it effectively reframes the public right-of-way as green open space, not just default private car space. The Parkcycle can be pedaled by two to three pilots and reaches top speeds of twelve miles per hour (downhill). It features a customfabricated“wave form” drive shaft, solar panels for powering the brakes and horn, and rainwater-capturing technology in its living skin that sustains the grass planting and can reduce stormwater pollution on the streets. Its metal skin is made from recycled industrial sheet metal, and its frame is made from a recycled vehicle. As such, it remains a legally-licensed vehicle in California and eligible to occupy parking spaces governed by San Francisco’s neighborhood parking permit system.
Parkcycle, which i call it as a green Limo, was constructed for Park(ing) Day 2007 by REBAR in collaboration with the kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin, an artist based in Berkeley, California, and funded through a generous grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
The interdisciplinary studio REBAR is operating at the intersection of art, design and activism. The cathword of“Park(ing) Day” is“Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay” and the Rebar Group’s motto is; Re:mix, Re:make, Re:configure, Re:consider. So it’s not suprizing to have this activist, ethic and aesthetic project in union…
Rebar Group which has lectured and exhibited its work worldwide, repurposes the ubiquitous and restructures the urban environment by exposing hidden assumptions and shared meanings embedded in the everyday experience of the built world.
They are amazing, don’t you think?