December 20, 2007 The Parking Garage and Its Impact on Urban Planning To Be Discussed at the Library of Congress on Jan. 15

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The parking garage, often considered a dull and forgettable structure, is a crucial element of building design and urban planning. Architect Shannon Sanders McDonald will discuss “Designing for Man, Machine and Movement: The Parking Garage” at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, the lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. McDonald will discuss the parking garage as it relates to the larger issues of how we move in space and its future implications for architecture, the environment, planning, transportation and their interrelationships. The discussion will cover the evolution of the parking garage, starting with the late 1890s. McDonald, a licensed architect in Georgia and Illinois, is the author of a new book published by the Urban Land Institute, “The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form.” A 1992 graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, McDonald assisted Carol Ross Barney in designing the award-winning Little Village Academy in Chicago and has worked on numerous other public and transportation-related projects. She has given presentations and has written many articles on issues related to parking and movement. The Library of Congress maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. The Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the Library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics, with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library. For more information, visit


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