The Parking Garage
The Parking Garage

The Parking Garage

Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form


250 Pages, 8 1/2 x 11

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $87.95 (US $87.95) (CA $105.95)

Publication Date: November 2007

ISBN 9780874209983

Price: $87.95


Examining the parking garage from an architect's perspective, this book chronicles the evolution and future of parking garage innovations—from early elevator and ramp designs through the modern, sustainable structures of today. Beautifully illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs, it belongs in every architect's library.


"McDonald finds beauty in her subject and has some sensible suggestions about how to improve her favorite building type." —The Washington Post

"The author has provided a study of best practices in the design, development, and construction of parking garages and presented a fresh look at how to accommodate cars in the built environment." —Engineering News-Record,

Author Biography

Shannon Sanders McDonald is a practicing architect, and author of The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form. The book was the basis for an exhibit "House of Cars" at the National Building Museum. McDonald is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, where she was awarded a Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship. She is an assistant professor of architecture at Southern Illinois University.Ms. McDonald has written numerous articles on various aspects of parking, architecture, planning, energy, sustainability, the environment, and transportation.She has given presentations at the meetings of a number of organizations, including the Library of Congress, The National Building Museum, The Congress for New Urbanism, Advanced Transit Association, The American Institute of Architects, Smithsonian and the National Transportation Research Board.