Baltimore, MD — On Friday September 19, 2014 Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) joined other downtown businesses to participate in Baltimore’s PARK(ing) Day. It was the sixth consecutive year of participation for the firm and its second year in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The firm’s green space installation was set up in two metered parking spaces near the corner of N. Charles and W. Chase Streets. It featured a French bistro theme with café-style tables and chairs, piped in French music, fresh flowers, and even a backdrop of the Eiffel tower to create an authentic atmosphere. The space drew rave reviews from the crowd that stopped by to sit, rest and enjoy lunch from nearby food trucks.
Floura Teeter president Joan Floura said of the installation, “It was designed to draw attention to a very real need our society has: simply to take the time to stop and literally smell the roses.” Showcasing the calming effects of landscape artistry is a natural fit for FTLA as part of the firm’s mission is to use landscape design to enhance mental and physical health.
PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when art and design studio Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco to challenge people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforce the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since then, it has grown to include more than 950 “PARK” installations in 162 cities, 35 countries and on six continents.
In Baltimore, the event occupied more than 20 metered spaces, giving visitors the opportunity to play mini-golf, shop a fashion truck, see uses for dried bamboo, and more.