Parking Pockets

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This is part of the pattern language developed by TKWA for the Cincinnati Nature Center.

It seems strange and unnatural to enter a nature center through a parking lot, yet creating a drive that goes directly to the drop-off area without parking along that drive means that more of the property ends up being covered with asphalt.


The solution to this dilemma lies in breaking the parking lot into a number of palatable pieces, thereby reducing the impact of automobiles on the site and keeping asphalt to a minimum. Make pockets of parking spaces containing 9 to 10 cars each. Separate the pockets with green thresholds and bio-swales, made of both deciduous and coniferous trees to maintain the effect in the winter months, along with the grasses that do the work of removing pollutants. Parking pockets more easily allow the shading of paving material and may provide different ecosystem examples to reinforce educational opportunities.

Tom Kubala is principal of The Kubala Washatko Architects.
Tom Kubala

One Comment to “Parking Pockets”

  1. davidweek

    Re the key photo: Is that what happens to your car if you leave it in a parking pocket?

    On a more serious note, I wonder if the context is in fact larger than you have given here, and it could applied to all parking lots below a certain density?

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