Parking garages enable the ebb and flow of Lowell’s post-industrial temporal interactions. Recognizing this, our project argues that the parking garage is in fact the city’s center and should be treated as such, and reorients it as a space of interaction.
As is standard, parking garages in Lowell operate 9-5, Monday to Friday. Our parking structures not only become housing and retail as cars become less prevalent, but more importantly facilitate use during the evenings and weekends when parking spaces are empty. This sharing of space capitalizes on the previously lamented transitory quality of Lowell’s downtown, creating a new space for public colonization and interaction.