The municipality wants to create better school environments and allow children to arrive to school on foot or by bike. Among other efforts, like better bicycle infrastructure, the city wants to upgrade the areas around schools and replace on-street parking with mini-parks. One of the programs is the PRKLT: a colorful parklet that is placed outside schools and provides green, play, and sitting opportunities. The PRKLT was developed by Humankind, a multidisciplinary collective that wants to accelerate the transition towards urban happiness for all. It was designed together with Opperclaes, a local design studio.
The PRKLT is a modular parklet. Depending on the location, it can be designed accordingly to fit the needs and wishes of the neighborhood. It’s is made of a stainless-steel, flexible base that can be placed on several parking spaces. The idea is not only to reduce parking space but to also create more livable streets and showcase that the city can look and be used differently.
Here is another intervention by Humankind that made Rotterdam’s high-rise dwellers come out and play.