Young Architects Studio Competition

Spark: a temporary parklet, rethinking public space


The Spark program is part of the City of Pittsburgh’s overall strategy for creating safe, complete streets and new open spaces. Complete streets balance the needs of people walking, riding bicycles, taking transit, or moving around in private automobiles. Streets and sidewalks make up to fifty percent of the City’s land area and are an integral part of our daily experience. Many sidewalks are narrow and leave little space for public life. Sparks extend the sidewalk into a street’s parking lane, providing space for gathering and a respite in the sidewalk network. New open spaces created through the addition of a small park to a streetscape add to the City’s inventory of larger parks and playgrounds.  Read more.