Getting around is only useful if rivers can also stop somewhere for a while. Managing parking allows you to ensure accessibility and the quality of public space, and therefore also quality of life and economic vitality. In other words: “the excellent city”. Parking requires specialist knowledge and above all the art of embedding. It needs to be positioned within the broader context of strategy and policy, traffic, project development, design, procurement, and operation. Parking can then progress from being a cost item and social complaint factor to being an effective control tool to create a more attractive city.
The way we see it, parking can create the conditions for the city that you want to be and for the complex that you want to provide. We aim for spatial quality that is also accessible and affordable. Parking features can be used to make transport modes more attractive. Do you want cars or do you prefer bicycle-public transport combinations? Let’s say you want the shopping area to be more attractive. Will drivers feel welcome? What about recreational consumers?
Parking means dealing with tensions and social trends. The electric car is on the rise. Areas are effectively shrinking, and residents of the inner city are increasingly getting rid of their car. These are both mobility issues and parking issues. We need to consider aspects such as more parking for less mobile people, charging stations, other operating scenarios, keep-cars-out-of-our-street lobby groups, etc. We therefore cooperate with public authorities, project developers, and city planners across the entire process.
Photography Pedro Ribeiro Simōes