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on May 3, 2015
The book is filled with a lot of large pictures. It is really short on history and actual insightful content. Written by an architect who laments that parking lots are often overlooked when designing developments. As an engineer I was hoping for a more in-depth look at how they are designed and how that design could be improved. I was disappointed...

Also, to fix in the next edition. There is a Columbus, OH in the text and a picture with Columbus, IN caption right next to it obviously referring to the same city.
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on January 20, 2017
This book is an excellent review of the history of parking lots and provides insight to new ways of designing lots. The book promotes integration of lots with the surrounding community and to be less of an eye sore.
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on March 8, 2014
If this doesn't start you thinking of better ways to use our shrinking open land, you are not paying attention, you heathen.
There is only so much fresh water available; evaporation/condensation/rain equals reservoirs and run-off. Run-off goes to lakes and oceans, and do you know what is in that run-off? All the debris that has collected in the paved places, industrial, farm and commercial wastes, exhaust particles from vehicles, rubber bits from tires, cigarettes, gum wrappers, used Kleenex and other stuff to disgusting to list. And when it hits the ocean it is ingested by marine organisms where it enters the food chain. Are you thinking yet? Consider permeable paving, public transport, car-pooling, after hour and multiple use standards for parking lots, solar arrays and other neat stuff that you can learn by reading this book. And thinking. Get on it.

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on February 15, 2013
The text was entertaining and raised a many questions about parking design today. Book came in great condition to read.
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on October 24, 2013
The book gives us a broad view on the implications of using cars as a personal mobility medium. Unfortunately, as far as these enormous and ugly spaces - the parking lots - are considered, is not enough to plant trees, increase shadow areas, cover them with solar cells to generate energy, reduce CO2 generation and mitigate runoff and heat island effects: rethinking lots means seriously rethinking the use of private cars as a prevalent form of transportation. From thermodynamics considerations, parking lots are intrinsically inefficient structures as they collect intrinsically inefficient machines on the same spot in the end of the dissipation process.
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on November 24, 2012
ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking " Re-thinking a Lot" a new look at parking and adapting to other uses. Especially useful inurban re-newal activies. Well illistrated.
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on April 27, 2012
this book expresses the idea that parking lots should have secondary, humanist principals. i think it will have a major influence on the design of parking.
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