A transdisciplinary team of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson) students will showcase their design, nicknamed “Tiny Tim(ber),” at (PARK)ing Day this Friday, Sept. 15. The annual event presented by the Center for Architecture and Design provides an opportunity to explore how public spaces could be better conceived, and street parking spaces around Philadelphia are temporarily transformed into cleverly designed mini “parklets” the size of a car.
Students from the sustainable design, surface imaging, architecture, textile design, construction management and interior design programs designed and will install a demonstration model of historic timber frame techniques common in the region until 1850.
“Recently, architecture has seen renewed interest in utilizing timber frame construction as the materials can be sustainably grown and harvested and create a long-lasting, fire-resistant, sustainable, chemical-free, rebuildable and recyclable space,” said Andrew Hart, Jefferson assistant professor of architecture, who’s leading the project.
Students have been working with local preservationists and historical carpenters, including members of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance and Historic Preservation Carpentry, who have donated their time and expertise to help fabricate the design. Over the past month, the students have imagined and constructed the demonstration model from rough-hewn logs into carefully finished timbers.
The (PARK)ing Day design will be installed Friday, Sept. 15, on the 1600 block of Walnut Street in Philadelphia. The team will give demonstrations on their building techniques from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.