Day Labor Kiosk Park Concept
Falls Church, Virginia
“Addressing socioeconomic issues with the built environment”
Counties across the nation are dealing with the controversial issue of Day Laborers congregating near retail outlets. It is a complex issue dealing with workers rights on one hand and the legal implications of being a Day Laborer on the other. In Falls Church, VA, local authorities and government have expended resources attempting to identify and deal with the problem. Due to the legal questions raised, however, they are unable to fund or manage a permanent solution. One answer to this problem is to develop temporary environments that have the ability to move and promote a positive appearance.
The first solution we proposed was based on a temporary installation in a park setting being composed of mobile kiosks that could be brought out in the morning and stowed away in a shed by mid-day. The kiosks would be color coded by trade and also include a check-in/out station. In this way, a level of organization could be achieved that would protect both workers and contractors while at the same time providing a community park. The second solution was based on taking a potential site and adapting it to function as a temporary and mobile Day Labor Park.