FAU to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day 2012
BOCA RATON, FL (September 20, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning plans to inspire Fort Lauderdale residents to rethink their public parking spaces during its PARK(ing) Day 2012 event, scheduled for Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Broward County Courthouse, 201 SE Sixth Street, in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
“The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat,” said Eric Dumbaugh, Ph.D., associate professor and director of FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. “The School is proud to help bring attention to these issues and hopefully empower Ft. Lauderdale residents to rethink the use of their public spaces.”
PARK(ing) Day, a global movement that began in 2005, is an annual open-source event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces, or temporary public spaces. The purpose is to create new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
As the only accredited urban planning program in South Florida, FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning makes it a priority to engage and educate the local community with various public outreach events and lectures throughout the year. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs focused on educating future practitioners and researchers to enter national and global practice as leaders in managing change, developing new policy frameworks, and guiding decision-makers toward an urban future that is environmentally, economically and humanly beneficial.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.