Properties need parking spaces, but parking lots eat up valuable street-level real estate and can have a negative impact on the aesthetics. Traditional parking garages carry with them other liabilities for property owners and developers, such as public safety concerns and pollution. Fortunately, there is a solution for developers and property owners that want to optimize their properties while still satisfying the need for parking.
Adaptive reuse has been a hot topic for the parking industry. The public wants efficient, secure, and appealing buildings to create an experience that encapsulates an entire city—and a cement parking garage doesn’t fit that future. The future may be adaptive reuse,or the idea of building a structure that can be used for many options and can evolve with the city without demolishing it and rebuilding.
Westfalia’s Ian Todd, director of automated parking systems, recently attended the American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture in New York City. Discover how this year’s theme, “Blueprint for Better Cities,” and the limitations of small plots in urban areas led to in depth conversations about the benefits of automated parking solutions.
Like all issues of urban planning, parking is an issue of utilizing available space in the most effective and efficient way. However, it also connects to larger urban issues such as pollution and public safety. Finding a solution to the parking issue that can address all of these issues is the challenge for the urban planners of the future, but the answer may already exist. Automated parking solutions.
With automated parking being a relatively new and unexplored concept, there can be a lot of skepticism among users when handing over their preferred mobility tool to a robot. Near fail-proof systems are demanded; however, this is only one example of the importance and benefits of test facilities with automation vendors.
By implementing automated parking solutions at a commercial or residential properties, developers and property owners can create parking that is much safer for their customers and reduce their liabilities.
Global urbanization is shaping up to be one of the biggest trends of the 21st century. Find tips for sustainable parking solutions that benefit urban environments with reduced space and emissions, effiency and more.