ReThinking a LotThe Design and culture of parking (MIT Press 2012)
In ReThinking a Lot, Eran Ben-Joseph shares a different vision for parking's future. Parking lots, he writes, are ripe for transformation. After all, as he points out, their design and function has not been rethought for decades. With this book, Ben-Joseph pushes the parking lot into the twenty-first century.
Can't parking lots be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and architecturally responsible? Used for something other than car storage?
There are an estimated 600,000,000 passenger cars in the world, and that number is increasing every day. So too is Earth's supply of parking spaces. In some cities, parking lots cover more than one-third of the metropolitan footprint. It's official: we have paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
"ReThinking a Lot, by Eran Ben-Joseph remedies the imbalance between the importance of parking lots and our limited study of them. "
— New York Times, 6 May 2012
Eran Ben-Joseph is a Professor in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the head of the Joint Program in City Design and Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked as a landscape architect, city planner and urban designer in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Eran is the author of The Code of the City and co- author of RENEW Town, Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities, and Regulating Place.
MediaThe New York Times When a parking lot is so much more
The New York Times Paved, but still alive
Wall Street Journal I know it's here somewhere
Slate Empty spaces. Can parking lots be great?
National Public Radio, Marketplace Rethinking the humble parking lot
National Public Radio, Living on Earth ReThinking a lot
MIT News Lots of trouble
Smithsonian Time to reinvent the parking lot
PopMatters It's About More than Just Scoring the Perfect Parking Place
BBC Is there a worldwide parking problem?
Times Higher Education The Design and Culture of Parking
Rosbalt News (Russia) City starts with parking
WGBH The Callie Crossley Show A Lot to Think About
WNPR Where We Live Paved Paradise
GRIST 500 million reasons to rethink the parking lot
Design Observer Rolling to a Stop
Ha'aretz (Israel) The solution to urban blight: parking lots
Eran Ben-Joseph Parking Book