Status: Design Development
Location: Medicine Hat, Canada
Program: Multi-purpose Public Space, Public Furniture, Parking
Size: 3050 m2
Team: Jessie Andjelic, Philip Vandermey, Elena Bushell
Collaborators: Scatliff Miller Murray
Located on an important site adjacent to City Hall, the project studies the potential of an underused parking lot for public activation and community appropriation. As the owner, the City of Medicine Hat requested a design that would increase the aesthetic appeal of the site, both for the community and to incite private development to it. Our design uses four ‘cul-de-sacs’ to provide spaces for parking or public activity, depending on the season and time. As separate spaces, each circle can operate independently and can be programmed flexibly. A system of modular and mobile furniture, constructed from recycled wooden pallets allows users to inhabit the space in a variety of ways and encourages the community to actively interact with the space.