These future-proof parking garages can easily morph into offices or housing

These future-proof parking garages can easily morph into offices or housing

As parking demand declines, some developers and designers are thinking about the long term uses of parking garages and designing them to be able to adapt to changing future land use needs.

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The U.S. has more parking than necessary, for example, Seattle has five parking spaces for every resident.

Parking garages around the world are being transformed into housing, hotels, offices, artist’s studios and community spaces.

A single parking space within a parking garage can require 450 square feet, which is the size of a one bedroom apartment.

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