The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, unveiled the designs resulting from its "ParkingPLUS Design Challenge." The Challenge was initiated to encourage transformative thinking about parking structures in suburban downtowns and how they could be re-imagined to better address downtown needs.
The Challenge involved a national search for four prominent, cutting-edge, architecture firms, which were commissioned to create designs specific to four Long Island communities: Rockville Centre and Westbury (in Nassau County), and Patchogue and Ronkonkoma (in Suffolk County). The firms unveiled their designs at the launch of the 2014 Long Island Index, held at the Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University.
The four commissioned architecture firms and their designs are as follows:
- Utile, Inc. Architecture + Planning – Civic Arches for Rockville Centre;
- dub Studios – Main Street Brackets: Shared Parking in Patchogue;
- Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design – Ronkonkoma Parks and Rides: a Horizontal Skyscraper;
- LTL Architects – Train Terraces: Incubating Urbanism in Westbury.
Two of the four selected teams included DUSP faculty members: Professor Eran Ben-Joseph (with the Utile Team) and Professor Sarah Williams (with dub Studios).
“The ParkingPLUS Design Challenge is intended to spark a vibrant conversation on Long Island and nationally about new ways of thinking about parking structures and their relationship to downtown suburban settings,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, President of the Rauch Foundation. “While the designs are specific to particular locations, they are intended to generate a broader discussion about the ideal attributes of future parking structures.”
Additional information on the ParkingPLUS Design Challenge is available at the Long Island Index’s website (www.longislandindex.org) and through Build a Better Burb, the Index’s award-winning online journal of suburban design (www.buildabetterburb.org).