Any time we can bring attention to urban issues and good planning is a good thing for the city.
—Jino Distasio, director of the Institue of Urban Studies at the U of W
Bales of hay have been set up on Portage Avenue and balloons adorn the Parlour Café on Main Street. It's all part of Park(ing) Day, an international day of creativity and action re-claiming street parking stalls and parking lots. In this one-day event, parking spaces are being transformed into new and creative places for people to congregate.
Setting up "Prairie on Portage" installation as part of Park(ing) Day (CBC)
"We want people to come out and spend some time with us on Portage and take back some green space in our downtown," says Liz Williams. She and Jeff Palmer were setting out sheafs of wheat in front of the University of Winnipeg for their installation called "Prairie on Portage."
"Any time we can bring attention to urban issues and good planning is a good thing for the city," says Jino Distasio, director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg. "Good city design is important. We need great cities, great spaces and this is just one of those things that gets people rethinking how the city could look by taking over the streets and doing interesting things, getting couches out there, getting people sitting in places that we don't normally sit.
"But also thinking about the bigger picture. How do we make cities better? How do we have good planning to really make a difference in quality of life for people?"
Participants in Winnipeg's Park(ing) Day include the Green Action Centre
, Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba
, Architects without Borders
, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects
, Manitoba Professional Planners Institute
and the University of Winnipeg
Park(ing) Day is presented as part of the 2012 Winnipeg Design Festival
. The festival runs until September 29.