OP’s Park(ing) Day event inspires international action

by Andrea Limauro

When OP’s staff first joined the global Park(ing) Day movement last year, they surely did not think they would inspire a replica as far away as Italy. However, as OP’s staff plans to launch their second Park(ing) Day event today, they will be joined, at least in spirit, by Italian counterparts in the town of Conegliano, Italy. How did this intercontinental partnership happen? Last year, OP hosted an Italian planning student, Matteo Larese Gortigo, as part of an on-going internship agreement with the Planning Department of the University IUAV of Venice. Matteo and OP staff joined together to launch OP’s first experiment with temporarily transforming a parking space in front of its office at 1100 4th St SW into a welcoming place for socializing, meeting and talking planning. OP’s Park(ing) project was one of a handful of similar efforts in the District and thousands around the globe.

Italian article describing OP's 2013 Park(ing) Day

Italian article describing OP’s 2013 Park(ing) Day

As Matteo went back to his hometown of Conegliano with the goal of putting into practice what he learned from his internship, Park(ing) Day stood out as a fun and easy to replicate project. So, after putting together a small group of volunteers, he planned Conegliano’s first version of Park(ing) Day and Italy’s only second Park(ing) project this year.

Parking Day 2014 in Conegliano, Italy

Parking Day 2014 in Conegliano, Italy

The Parking Day website describes the event as “an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.”

OP Park(ing) Day 2014

OP Park(ing) Day 2014

If you are curious about what Park(ing) Day is all about, and maybe thinking of joining the movement next year by replicating a project in your own neighborhood, you should come and visit OP’s project at 1100 4th St SW today from 9am to 3pm (or, if you are in Italy, you should take the opportunity to visit charming Conegliano and see Matteo’s project!).

‘Nonument Park’ Coming Soon to Southwest DC

by Josh Ghaffari

5×5 – A Temporary Public Art Project – through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), has a new site opening soon called ‘Nonument Park’. It is located directly to the north of the Office of Planning (OP) in a vacant lot just off of 4th Street in Southwest. 5×5 explores new perspectives on the District through temporary public art from the lens of its curators and artists. ‘Nonument Park’ is being curated by Lance Fung and will feature a series of work of the following 5 artists during the Fall: Jonathan Fung, Cameron Hockenson, Peter Hutchinson, Naranjo Morse and Jennifer Wen Ma. The site is described as “a temporary sculpture park featuring ‘monuments’ devoted not to the great but to ordinary people, to the ideals of democracy, and to the common struggles of humanity.”

‘Nonument Park’ is located at 1000 4th Street SW and is officially opening on September 6th, with special events taking place from 11am-1pm. The 5×5 Temporary Public Art Project will be on display in Southwest and at various sites throughout the District from September to December. Additional information on 5×5 can be found at the following website:


 Nonument Park Pic