As part of the Parking Day 2017 - the global movement to transform parking spaces into temporary public spaces - “Ham(ster)let: To Spin or Not to Spin” was a temporary
parklet designed and constructed in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter ASLA. The design concept originated from the idea to bring the lakefront trail - where bicyclists,
walkers, and runners can be found en masse throughout the year - into the city as a way to activate the space typically occupied by a car. The working human-scale
hamster wheel was constructed on top of artificial turf and surrounded by a seating cube, stone boulders, plants, and cafe tables that encouraged users to linger. The
wheel itself was painted on the exterior with chalkboard paint, encouraging additional interaction. Ham(ster)let was enjoyed by countless visitors throughout the day.