And the lights are out! #earthhour @wiggoaugogo @max_au and Jo! (at Hartsyard)
“Most people in transportation focus on the five percent of the time that cars are moving. But the average car is parked 95 percent of the time. I think there’s a lot to learn from that 95 percent.” Donald Shoup when asked why he studies parking.
First, I have confirmed that Shoup’s estimate of 95% does seem widely applicable. Across the world cars seem to be parked at least 92% of the time and typically about 96% of the time, according to the 1995 data mentioned above. I doubt more up to date or accurate data sets would change this number much.
But why should we care?
One reason to talk about this is to highlight the importance of parking. It is what cars do the vast majority of the time.
It highlights a crucial inefficiency of mass private car ownership. It points towards huge parking space savings (an enormous land bank) that shifts away from mass car ownership might open up, if only we could massively improve the alternatives including making car-sharing and other ‘metered access to shared cars’ (MASC) more of a mass market phenomenon.
read more: reinventingparking, 22.02.13.
A photo viewer key ring dismembered and installed into a small tin. I removed the backlight from the LCD to make it transparent; allowing it to be held up to the sky. Images of clouds cycle automatically and the box is charged via USB.
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Photo’s by Brian Ulrich. Closed down shopping malls
“The idea went back to 2005 when I drove weekly past a large closed supermarket on the North Side of Chicago. At night the space really transformed from one of neglect and misuse to something incredibly visual that described a Rothko-esque painting space divided in three parts (parking lot, building, and sky). I spent a few nights making some photographs to try and replicate what I saw. I had been working on a larger project dealing with American consumerism, and it was no surprise to me that these spaces would fail and dwindle as fast they arise.” (Source)
(Via Jeroen Apers)