As dog lovers, we have experienced first-hand the true uninhibited joy dogs exhibit during play and how that joy is easily transferred to their owners. We are animating our parking space as place for dogs to play and humans to interact. This small scale ‘BARK PARK’ on Portage Avenue allowed users to step into a typical humdrum parking space and escape to a more joyful place with just a quick scratch behind a furry ear and a QR Code Reader App on their smart device. Each dog was outfitted with a QR code and human players had to interact with each dog to access their code. The QR code was linked to a web page about a successful dog park, design a landscape architect(s), somewhere in North America. QR Codes, and their friendly furry carriers, will virtually transport users from a typically banal parking space to dog parks in Canada or the USA all through the use of a digital device. Technology can add a whole new dimension to places. And dogs can remind us to play uninhibitedly.
Park(ing) Day 2014 occurred on September 19th, 2014 and was part of the Winnipeg Design Festival.
Design team included Darcy Granove, Principal Landscape Architect, Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture & Design
& Friends: Andrea Kennedy, Kristina Nordstrom, Christine Wilson-MacLeod