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Could I Live in a Parking Space?

Today’s big cities are more congested than ever, and it’s not just the traffic and parking that are in high demand: living space is at a premium as well. For every car on the road, there has to be a place to park. The same is true for people.

What if we could live in the same-size space our cars do? Could you live in a parking space? The students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) asked that question and through a massive amount of collaborative ingenuity and creativity, the answer seems to be yes.

The average parking space is about 9 by 15 feet, give or take. The students at SCAD have undertaken the task of transforming spaces at their Atlanta campus parking deck into livable micro housing units, each complete with a kitchen, sleeping area, bathroom, and shower. These micro units, called “SCAD Pads,” are due to be occupied by selected SCAD students this April. The students will log their daily living experience using social media.

If this concept takes hold, you may one day ponder living in one of the spaces you manage. So what do you think: could you live in a parking space? Let us know in the comments.



About Frank L. Giles

Frank L. Giles is senior project manager at Lanier Parking Solutions and serves on the IPI Advisory Council, Conference Program Committee, and Safety/Security Committee.


  1. Mike King says:

    Aren’t these just RV trailers by another name?

  2. Liliana Rambo says:

    While I do not think this small space would work for me, I am very interested in what the students have to say about their new living area and conditions.

  3. Dethra says:

    I don’t think I could live in a parking space but I am interested in the results of the experiment. Please keep us posted.

  4. Art says:

    RVs are great, but these are definitely no RVs. I would call them masterpieces in urban design. They present a solution to issues faced in urban communities around the world. They are built with community and sustainability in mind. See them for yourselves at

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