When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public

‘Parklets & Plazas as Catalysts in Community & Government’

Published: August 2012

by Robin Abad Ocubillo / USC School of Architecture

Excerpt from the Abstract: “Two related typologies of small-scale, experimental urban design have emerged in recent years as a synthesis of community action and progressive governmental experimentation: the Parklet and the Pedestrian Plaza. The Parklet occupies curbside parking spaces while the Pedestrian Plaza reclaims excess roadway, often at irregular intersections. While the typologies differ in physical form, both emerge from a common thrust of experimental action redressing the urban fabric and environment. Together, these two typologies – and the city programs created to facilitate their implementation – begin to define a process of Heuristic Urbanism: a collaborative practice that engages urban design through provisional programs and projects that are continually self-evaluating. This thesis illustrates how the Heuristic Urbanism of Parklets and Pedestrian Plazas necessitates innovation within city government through the assimilation of grassroots initiatives.”

The Report
“Experimenting with the Margin: Parklets and Plazas as Catalysts in Community and Government.”
(Robin Abad Ocubillo, USC School of Architecture, August 2012)

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