- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln students participated in a global challenge to reclaim public space by temporarily transforming parking spaces in downtown Lincoln into interactive parks.

On Monday, a team of students set up a dozen exhibits as part of (Park)ing Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into public parks for a day. The students spent the past few weeks finding materials and creating seating with pallets, cloth and other materials, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1V7L3FY ) reported.

“Our only rule was we had to make something out of recyclable materials people could interact with,” said Collin Meusch, a sophomore from Kearney. “Getting it done the way we wanted took a lot of time and hard work.”

One group of students used cardboard to make a two-hole mini golf course, while another collected 5,000 plastic bottles to assemble a small maze.

Assistant professor Peter Olshavsky introduced the project four years ago at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to teach architecture students about the design process from concept to final construction.

“I’m always fascinated to watch how our students have the ability to evolve from concept to detail level quickly,” he said. “And all the while having the tenacity and creativity to find ways to inhabit these parking stalls in truly unique ways.”

In previous years, second-year students with the College of Architecture displayed their creations on campus. This year, they brought their makeshift parks to the city’s revamped P Street corridor.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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