Architects sometimes joke (or lament) that “form follows parking”, but there could be another way if we are willing to work for it. Currently there is an exciting but small movement to reform or repeal the pervasive regulations which leave us with little choice but to design our built environment for cars instead of people. Reforming parking policy is an urgent imperative which could have significant positive effects on the natural environment, our cities, the economy, and our society. For many issues, from affordable housing to carbon emissions, it is an obvious solution that has remained hidden in plain sight for too long. The objective of this blog is to produce infographics that are expository, accesible, and accurate. Over time I hope to accumulate a cache of materials to educate and motivate. You are invited to use them as you see fit.* Your criticism is welcomed towards the goal of improving the legibility, accuracy, and persuasiveness of the work.
My name is Seth Goodman. I currently work for an architecture firm in Austin, Texas. I graduated from the Rice University School of Architecture in 2011. Like many others, I was inspired by Professor Donald Shoup’s pioneering tome, The High Cost of Free Parking. It is my hope that the work contained in this blog will help bring further attention to this important but decidedly unglamorous issue. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* I request that you ask permission before including my work in any publication. Slideshows or presentations given to city councils, planning commissions, etc. do not require permission so long as credit is given.