Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On September 15, the University of Arizona Student Chapter of the ASLA participated in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event during which local community members, students, and designers from across the country transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets. The UofA's design, entitled “Opuntia Re-Connection” shared an AzASLA award with the ASU Student Chapter’s installation in Tempe.

The concept behind the students' winning design focused on connections. An abstraction of the connections found in the pads of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) was used as inspiration to highlight reconnecting with the people as well as the streets on a more personal level. The students utilized the CAPLA materials lab to laser cut individual prickly pear pads out of wood, which were then painted and attached to a metal lattice. The forms created a changing pattern of silhouettes along the ground throughout the day.

Students work to build the ramada and attach the lattice and prickly pear pads, creating a temporary parklet in a parking space on University Avenue. Photo: Michael Story

All structural elements were created and built by students:
Molly Adamowichz
Nichole Casebeer
Jon Choi
Sam Hauserman
Brad Kindler
Matthew Lutheran
Jenny Moscato
Andre Rioux
Nate Ritchie
Michael Story 
Amy Webb
Dan Zedick
Yuheng Zhang (Angel)

Plant materials were donated by Mountain States Nursery. Project partners included AzASLANorris Design, and Living Streets Alliance. Lunch was provided by Wheat Design Group.

Parklet visitors relax in the shade of the prickly pear pads. Photo: Bo Yang 

UofA PARK(ing) Day 2017