Replacing parking spaces with urban parklets
Authors: Michael Tjioeputra, Josefina Emily, Oliver Wajnberg, Antje Blenn

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Actors and Agents:
Residents, Neighbours, City planner, Architects, Landscape architects, Government of Berlin, Department of public works, German Federal Ministry of Transport

Description:
Over the next few decades, urban areas across the world are projected to experience exponential population growth. In Berlin, Census information shows that the capitl city, those with a population of over 3,5 million, grew rapidly in the last decade. The whole city center has been developed and turned into working and living spaces and made the green public spaces located mainly only in the outskirts of the city. Jobs continue to transition from rural to urban areas and cities continue to develop as cultural and intellectual meccas. Those in charge of leading our urban centers into the future are hoping to make adjustments now that will allow cities to sustain themselves under the pressures of future growth. One infrastructure that is emerging as a popular component in this transition worldwide nowadays is the parklet. What
 is
 a
 parklet ?
 A
 parklet
 is
 a
 small
 public sidewalk
 extension which concept originated in San Fransisco-USA in 2005,
 usually
 extending
 two
 parking
 space
 lengths,
 that
 uses
 non‐permanent
 materials
 (e.g.,
 it
 is
 not
 concrete).
 It
 combines
 elements 
such
 as 
seating, 
trees, 
flowers,
 shrubs,
 umbrellas,
 bike
 parking 
or
 lighting 
that
 reflect
 the unique 
character
 and
 needs
 of
 the
 location.

 
 A parklet repurposes part of the street into a space for people
 to
 sit,
 relax 
and
 enjoy
 the
 city
 around
 them,
 especially
 where
 narrow
 sidewalks
 would
 otherwise
 preclude
 such
 activities.

They
 are
 intended
 to
 be
 seen
 as
 a
 piece
 of
 street
 furniture,
 providing
 aesthetic
 enhancement 
to 
the 
overall
 street scape.
 By
 not
 requiring
 a 
permanent
 concrete
base,
 parklets
 are
 a
 much
 faster
 and
 less
 expensive
 way
 for
 the
 City
 to
 bring 
side walk
 improvements 
to
 a
 neighborhood.
 While parklets are funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents, and community organizations, they are publicly accessible and open to all. Parklets enhance our neighborhoods by adding beauty and whimsy to the City's streets. They reflect the diversity and creativity of the people and organizations who sponsor and design them. They also reflect the City's commitment to encouraging walking and biking, creating great streets, and strengthening our communities. This parklets idea could be applied in berlin in the summer time, where the city is flooded by tourists and people who love to do lot of outdoor activities during this period of time. The lacking of public spaces could be helped by popping out some parklets throughout the city center.

Further Research Agendas:
How could this idea of Parklets be applied in Berlin ?
where is the most suitable location for the Parklets in berlin ?
What is the impact of implementing this idea to the slots of parking space in berlin ?
How does the permitting process from the city's government work ?