February 28, 2013 by Art Eddy
Found this extremely interesting article (see link below) regarding the idea of architect Sebastian Mariscal’s to design and build an apartment building with no parking spaces. As a stipulation to get through the zoning variance for no parking spaces Mariscal is proposing a written agreement with renters stating that they will not own a car. This would ultimately allow for continued urban development without the added congestion of on-street parking and traffic in general. One of the striking outcomes was the designers thoughts on car first designs impact on buildings and how space was articulated and thought of differently because the car was removed from the equation.
As we look forward to more walkable/sustainable cities, it will be interesting to see how and if this project moves forward. The pure legality of the project poses massive challenges and it will be interesting to see if Boston is ready to progresses through the permitting and zoning process and propose change to allow developers to start building car free. It will be a testament of if we are really ready to give up our cars, do you think our cities are ready to start building car free buildings? I am not sure we are there yet but, I sure hope it happens.