Cars are wonderful things. They take us places, they bring us joy, they're arguably one of the most important consumer technologies of the last 150 years. Parking garages, on the other hand, are more like a necessary evil. Which is why these designers are trying to make them a little more pleasant to be around.
Searching for your lost car in the mall parking lot ranks high on the list of modern hells. But a new system, built from a mesh of networked cameras, tracks the vehicles of confused shoppers. Super convenience or ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE?
The top floor, offering stunning city and ocean views, hosts weddings and yoga classes. Above that is the owner's private penthouse apartment. The floors below showcase Rolls Royces, Ferraris and Bentleys. Welcome to Miami's new $65 million public parking garage.
Got a couple fancy cars and a couple million dollars to burn? If you do, you could probably use a robotic garage to store them in style. If not, just ogle these mechanical marvels our friends at Oobject found.
My first thoughts: It looks like a cross between a glassed-off launchpad and some kind of prop you'd find in a stunt driving video game. In reality, this is a day-to-day convenience in a major city.
Could this parking garage in Santa Monica, California, become the first certifiably "green" parking garage in the U.S.? LEED, a green building organization that awards certifications to structures that are demonstrably eco-friendly, says it may grant its certification to the garage any time now.
When we first saw these two photos of the Volkswagen's storage facility in Wolfsburg, Germany, we thought this was an artist's rendition for some sort of science fiction movie. It's not. This is an actual 20-story car tower that takes up just 20% of the space of a conventional parking garage handling the same number…