The Parking Garage. Design and Evolution of A Modern Urban Form

While most people want to ignore, cover up, or put parking lots underground, the author of this book and architect Shannon Sanders McDonald explores their rich history and calls for their continued evolution as important modern-day structures in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) new publication, The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form. The book defines how people live and what industrialized society has become. It is a crucial building form that lies at the intersection of architecture, transportation, sustainability, and urban design. Vividly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, the book highlights best practices and demonstrates how well-designed parking positively affects project success and the urban environment. Two critical components of the book include showcasing sustainability––including green roofs, bicycle garages, and a review of environmentally friendly construction methods––and focusing on the need for a holistic approach to garage development. According to the author, the book describes how the most important task today in garage design is to determine the unique needs of a particular location—not just now, but for the future—and to respond to those needs holistically: with an understanding of past solutions, a willingness to innovate, and a respect for the aesthetics, the functionality, and the social fabric of the surroundings. The author argues that the parking garage represents an unresolved tension about modern life. On one hand, automobiles—the transportation system on which most people in the industrialized world depend—provides unique and unparalleled mobility. On the other, the parking garage is a large, imposing, desolate, and often stark structure—a physical manifestation of the realities of automobile-dependent cultures.

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    Urban Land Institute

    1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC  United States  20007-5201
  • Authors:
    • McDonald AIA, Shannon Sanders
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 312p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780874209983
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2009 1:22PM