I do like where you are going with this argument, it raises the right issues about this competition in general I think. The presentations that I saw at the exhibition in Dun Laoghaire, had an awful lot to do with the issue of parking for sure...
A good quote from this article about Toronto... http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1080774614038&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907619189
"These should be the primary focus for mixed-use intensification, because they are the subway routes. The city's still thinking about this, but so far our land-use patterns and transit planning aren't in sync. The two must be more closely connected.
I mean, it could be well argued that Carlisle pier is practically on a Dart route etc.... from the amenity, museum function point of view... that would mean a lot of people could access Carlisle pier with families at weekends without having to bring out the car.
In his competition presentation I think, this Carlisle Pier project, was thought of 'as a big project' by Daniel Libeskind and that is why he proposed this two layers of underground, sub-plaza car parking in his competition entry I think.
That's fine for larger projects, when excavating underground garages makes economic sense, but not for smaller buildings of, say, three to six storeys.
While SOM went the more, New York high price of real estate route and submitted a plan to 'stack' the car parking within the volume of their very large 'stena-ferry' like building whale-form.
In New York, where real estate is too expensive to be wasted on parking lots, you find stacked parking, which allows one spot to accommodate two or three cars.
You have to look carefully a nearby examples too I think, like the Stillorgan 'Town Centre' or shopping centre or whatever you wish to call it... and how it has decided to handle car parking and car traffic in general.... it is one of the few places I know myself, where if the 'green man' comes on, the car just keep driving past, irregardless of old ladies and gentlemen attempting to cross the road.
I really wonder what Stillorgan house wifes would say, if they were asked to put their cars, into stacked car parking systems!
Which is effectively what SOM scheme proposed for their scheme only a couple of miles down the road in a place called Dun Laoghaire.
Brian O' Hanlon.