Parking day: students testing ephemeral public spaces in Grenoble

On September, 19th, a class of students from Grenoble’s Alpine Geography Institute have taken part to the “parking day” event – and USER LSG members were invited to join the final jury!

“Parking Day” is an Europe-wide event which consist in taking over a parking place – and to set up an ephemeral public space on it. This action aims at proposing new uses of public spaces instead of devoting it to car parking. The goal is to discuss with users, to launch debates, to raise awareness on the question: “how to live cities public spaces differently”? As you can see, this Parking Days action perfectly matches USER topic!

The Students from the “Innovation and territories” master have grabbed this opportunity to think about public spaces and made a very interesting job, which presentation can be downloaded here: Parking Day_Presentation

For this action, the students were divided in 4 groups, and have installed 4 different public spaces in Grenoble city centre. 4 groups, 4 different ideas, which were:

– “Playful city” – More convivial public spaces thanks to open-air games

“Car Park Council” – An open City Council where inhabitants can vote for the future of their public spaces

-“ Intimately yours” – Resting and chatting in a cosy open-air living-room

– “Garden made of boxes” – Questionning the place of nature in urban public spaces

All the group have animated this 1-day even, led a reflection on what they have learnt, and proposed a project to develop their action further.

Have a look at their presentation as it is full of interesting questions and ideas that could feed into each USER city’s local experimentations!

(And special thanks to the students who have specially translated their presentation for  USER partners!)