chapter  5
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Parking the car

Having arrived at the destination, the visitor needs to park the car. The design of car parking has to take several factors into account. Security of the car and its contents from theft, shade in hot weather, and the prevention of accidental damage from other car park users, ensure that the car will be protected until the occupants return. Space is needed around the car in order to get things out of the back or side doors, or off roof-racks, and put onto the ground nearby out of the way of other cars. The character of the landscape and the concept of contrast with the urban scene will determine how far the layout of the car parking will blend into its surroundings and reinforce the sense of difference. Accurate calculation of the number of car spaces required for a new facility is not possible, as the pattern and level of use will vary from one site to another.