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    3.7 :: Park[ing] Day 2008 @ USC

    Emily Kemper
    Sep 20, '08 2:26 PM EST

    Any time not consumed by my thesis or work over the past week was spent planning Park[ing] Day LA 2008 in our little spot on USC's campus. It was a lot more difficult to plan than it should have been ... as it happened, the event was so early in the semester that there was no way for us to get funding for it through our normal channels, so we ended up having to ask for money. We asked the student activities emergency fund, they said sorry, but no. We asked the Architectural Guild and they were also unable to help on such short notice. Our last resort was asking the school for money, aka Dean Ma. We asked for $200 and ended up getting $100. So the photos you see below are our park, sponsored by the USC School of Architecture and the Graduate Architecture Student Association (GASA), made with $100, a lot of donations, and a lot of love. It's anemic compared to some of the parks I saw photos of from around LA, but it's the best I could do.

    I will say that I have had much success with "customer service" type issues at USC ... I think in this respect, attending a private school has its advantages. However, experiences like this make me wonder - if it's so difficult to get things done at a university that functions relatively well, how hard it must be in less organized institutions. It's like doing your taxes - it's a pain in the butt, and we all have to do it, but why can't it be easier?

    ...But I digress. Here are my photos from Park[ing] Day 2008 @ USC.


    • treekiller

      wK- is that your zebra throw rug?

      Sep 20, 08 3:23 pm  · 

      Sure looks like it...
      Was there a lava lamp?

      Sep 20, 08 9:26 pm  · 

      That's my beach towel actually! And no lava lamp, although somebody did bring a case of beer. Which I did NOT see at all.

      Sep 20, 08 10:24 pm  · 

      Nice work, Emily! What did y'all do with the sod afterwards?

      Sep 20, 08 11:12 pm  · 

      Thanks! One of our professors took home the sod after I watered it. We kept the plants for our graduate studio ... couldn't hurt to add a little life up there!

      Sep 21, 08 4:17 am  · 

      Blogdowntown is a blog that covers life in, obviously, Downtown Los Angeles. They covered Parking Day in all the "parks" that we missed because we were too busy in our own :o)

      Sep 22, 08 1:35 am  · 

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