2018 Parking Solutions Competition: Garage of the Future

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Last year's Parking Solutions Competition winner, Adam Rosenfield, student at MIT, presenting onstage at IPI Conference & Expo.
Last year’s Parking Solutions Competition winner, Adam Rosenfield, student of MIT, presenting onstage at IPI Conference & Expo.

The International Parking Institute (IPI) Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development challenge for college students. This competition is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Garage of the Future. IPI seeks to engage students in a challenging parking solutions exercise based on real-world scenarios. Students can submit independently or form their own multidisciplinary teams. Finalists will be selected on the basis of creativity, innovation, realism, applicability, scalability, overall presentation and the idea’s ability to benchmark success and demonstrate return on investment.

Parking is an essential element of the mobility equation—and the creation of “smart cities.”  Parking, transportation, and real estate are linked and impact the others in myriad and complex ways.

The urban landscape has changed rapidly due to demographics, demand for more livable places and communities, and transformative (and disruptive) technologies. In the face of all this change, parking structures will continue to play a critical role in our cities and towns – but the planning, design and construction will evolve. Therein lies our challenge, to address the form and function of the garage itself, and to craft more viable mobility solutions for the places we live, work, and play.

The Challenge:

Design the garage of the future, with a 10 to 20 year outlook.

    • Consider form: planning, design, aesthetics, sustainability, adaptability, materials.
    • Consider functionality: mobility, flow, configuration, security, connectivity.
    • Consider cost: How do you value a parking space?
    • Consider relationships: smart city, connected cars, people, transit, IoT.

      Adam pictured onstage with judges and IPI CEO, Shawn Conrad.
      Adam pictured onstage with judges and IPI CEO, Shawn Conrad.


  • Provide a brief narrative of your idea – a short description of 1,000 to 1,500 words.
  • One of the following applications is required, but not limited to:
  • 3/D Models/Animation
  • Renderings and Images
  • BIM models
  • Plans/drawings/floor plans
  • Video
  • Formats include, but are not limited to list above, and multiple formats may also be combined to illustrate the proposed parking solution. Additional formats may be proposed, please reach out to IPI for information, contact Stephanie Santoro at santoro@parking.org. 

Finalists will demonstrate the following:

  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Realism/Applicability/Scalability
  • Presentation

Finalists Receive:

  • In June 2018, the competition will sponsor one member of each finalist team to travel to the IPI Annual Conference and EXPO in Orlando, Fla. to meet international experts and present their innovative idea at the Parking Solutions Competition ceremony.
  • Roundtrip-airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Orlando, Fla. for one person/team member (arrangements to be made by IPI). Additional participants may attend at their own expense.
  • Free conference registration valued at $1,499 for one person/team member.
  • Free one year IPI Student Membership.

Grand Prize Winner:

In addition to the above, the grand prize winner will be awarded the following:

  • $500
  • Feature in The Parking Professional, IPI’s award-winning monthly magazine
    Feature Article on 2017 Winner Adam Rosenfield from MIT
    Feature Article on 2017 Winner Adam Rosenfield from MIT

    showcasing your parking solution.

  • Feature on parking.org.
  • Press release.
  • Social media recognition.

Dates to Remember/Timeline:

  • Choose one of the blue “enter here” buttons now to enter. You’ll then be sent instructions about details for submitting your parking solution.
  • Opening date of competition: October 16, 2017
  • Submissions due: February 23, 2018
  • Notifications and invitations to the four finalists: March 2018
  • Four finalists to IPI’s 2018 Conference and Expo: June 2018

The Parking Solutions Competition is part of IPI’s ongoing effort to raise interest and awareness among the professionals of the future about the parking, transportation, and mobility industries. The competition will address parking development patterns and the need for multidisciplinary solutions to design and development challenges for urban spaces, campuses, and parking and transportation challenges.


If you own a car, use public transportation, go to work or school, use health care, shop or dine out, or are part of a community, parking affects you, probably in more ways than you’ve thought about.

The International Parking Institute (IPI) is the world’s largest and leading association of professionals in parking — professionals who keep all of us moving. Members include everyone from garage owners and operators to architects to city managers to government agencies, health care centers, universities, airports, and convention centers.

IPI works to advance the parking profession through professional development, research and data collection, advocacy and outreach, and bringing together experts from dozens of specialties in hundreds of countries around the world to make sure parking and transportation function efficiently. So people, businesses, and communities can keep moving.

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