Thursday, March 11, 2010

Picnic and Parking

Picnic and Parking sits along Interstate 5 in the Industrial District of Seattle. The main building adjacent to the site is the Old Rainier Brewery, which is in the process of being converted into artist live/work space as well as housing Tully’s Coffee roasting facilities. The Ad-hoc space I have chosen is underneath I-5 and along side the parking lot for the Old Brewery. This “backyard” BBQ area consists of benches, tables, and plant containers all constructed from leftover, recycled materials. The ground plane is sprinkled with multi colored pebbles and miscellaneous stepping-stones, which lead you up a path to the BBQ grill. This temporary site is constructed in an interstitial space, a space that otherwise would be left unused. Picnic and Parking was created by a group of users to meet their current needs. Being situated in such a location raises issues and theories such as use of leftover spaces, landscape urbanism, and use of post-industrial and transitional space.

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