ArchDaily's Rory Stott yesterday posted an interesting exploration ("Parking Is Hell [But Designers Can Help]") of progressive parking strategies being employed by cities and designers. The lack of curbside and lot parking exacerbates traffic congestion, discourages visitors, and leads to increased vehicles emissions.
Stott, for example, cited a study that found that the distance traveled by drivers looking for a parking spot in a 15-block area of Los Angeles is equivalent to one trip across the country every day. The city of San Francisco is looking to solve this issue through its SF Park project. The program will utilize sensors to track the demand for parking in specific areas and then adjust the prices accordingly.
Another solution, writes Stott, is the design and construction of parking structures that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also add to the fabric of the surrounding urban environment. As an example, he cites Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road garage, which includes shops, artwork, event space, and housing.