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Neglected Parking Garages Are Being Given New Purpose
An increasing number of architects, developers, and engineers are designing new parking garages that can be converted into other uses in the future if needed.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are a near future reality and the implications of AVs on city development and urban form, while potentially widespread and dramatic, are not well understood. In addition, there are other fundamentally disruptive technological forces undergoing simultaneous rapid development and deployment, including the introduction of new mobility technologies and the associated paradigm shift to thinking of mobility as a service, as well as the continued growth of e-commerce and the related rise in goods delivery. The purpose of this report is to examine how these forces of change are impacting, or will likely impact transportation, land use, urban design, and real estate, and what the implications may be for equity, health, the economy,the environment, and governance. Our aim was to identify key research areas that will assist in evidence-based decision making for planners, urban designers, and developers to address this critical paradigm shift. We identified key research questions in land use, urban design, transportation, and real estate that will rely on the expertise of these disciplines and lay the foundation for a research agenda examining how AVsand new mobility may impact the built environment. This report describes the first order impacts, or the broad ways that the form and function of cities are already being impacted by the forces of change identified above.
A 1950’s parking garage in Wichita, Kansas was converted into 44 one-bedroom apartments, ground floor office space, and a variety of resident amenities.
Cities around the country are rethinking their parking minimums in an effort to reduce construction costs and reduce excessive spaces in urban centers.
Not all parking garages can be converted into other uses due to their car-oriented structure, slanted ceilings, and lack of plumbing and mechanical systems.