Masha Hupalo is trained as an architect, with degrees in Architecture from Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (MSc) and Social Design: Art as Urban Innovation from University of Applied Arts, Vienna (MA). She is a member of the Research Lab dedicated to Territories, Architecture, and Transformation in Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark), where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. In her research project, she is investigating a potential of parking policies and requirements to influence urban configurations and a speculative nature of planning documentation. Besides working for three years in architecture practices in Vienna, she took part in several group exhibitions in Europe and Asia.
Parking is a rare intersection of infrastructure networks, land use in metropolitan regions and technological mobilities, which embodies mutual dependencies between these elements. In the framework of the given theme, I am exploring the potential of repetitive parking spaces to create a favourable context for the later development of the territories they serve. These nodes of stillness in mobility networks are meant to house an automobile – a symbol of freedom, movement, technological progress, and independence – that remains parked on average for 95 percent of the time. An ability to influence movement by managing stillness was the initial starting point for entering this investigative process. Through detailed case studies and speculative scenarios, I am aiming to create a “design brief” for the further development of strategic means to deal with an issue of parking as a catalyst for reshaping contemporary urban conditions.
The environment-world of my research is a virtual space of continuos negotiation between mobility and stillness, infrastructural planning and land use zoning, individual choice and collective values.