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Osborn Architects Re-Imagines Paved Parking Lots as an Urban Forest
Posted By Haily Zaki On March 29, 2010 @ 7:15 pm In Architecture,Green Transportation,Los Angeles,Urban design | 2 Comments
Sunny southern California is synonymous with transportation  by car, but today as the auto industry struggles, there are large swaths of fallow concrete-covered expanses where car dealerships once thrived. In Glendale, California, a mile-long corridor known as the Brand Boulevard of Cars  takes up over 33 acres for the exhibition, storage, and maintenance of new and used cars. Envisioning a better use for this prime real estate, Osborn Architects  has a put forth a novel idea that would re-skin and re-purpose this area, essentially creating an urban forest out what is now a desolate wasteland.
Osborn Architects  proposes to overhaul the surfaces of the asphalt lots, territorial fences, and oversized warehouses. The new Brand Boulevard is imagined as a corridor of productive skins that generate energy with solar and piezo-electric  membranes. These vertical urban forests would sequester carbon and filter pollution, as well as store water. The entire boulevard would also be embedded with a new system of multi-mobility options, turning Brand Boulevard from a giant glorified parking lot into a functioning, green transit corridor connecting north to south.
Imagine if all the asphalt-coated car corridors across the nation could be transformed from wasteland to forest. This forward-thinking design idea earned Osborn a Citation Award from the Pasadena Foothill AIA Awards  last year. Hopefully Osborn has planted the seeds for an eventual urban transformation in the future.
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 transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation/
 Brand Boulevard of Cars: http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwatervillage/947339275/
 Osborn Architects: http://www.osborn320.com/
 piezo-electric: http://www.piezomaterials.com/
 Pasadena Foothill AIA Awards: http://www.aiapf.org/
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