With the advent of the automobile came issues such as road conditions, traffic, maintenance, safety, and parking. When we think of cars we usually imagine them in motion, but they actually spend most of their time parked somewhere. Large urban centers such as New York, Chicago, and Boston responded to this new parking problem by fitting cars into old buildings such as carriage houses and inventing a new building type specifically made for automobile storage.
The typical parking garage may have a reputation as an eyesore, but we have proven that well-designed structures can add to the creative tapestry of our streetscape and campus setting. In fact, as a backdrop to a public park or urban plaza, or the framework for other services such as retail and office space, parking structures can contribute to a successful sense of place.