Cars may be abhorred by environmentalists, but they are not going away anytime soon and with them stays garish parking garages; hence the Combo Competitions Poor But Beautiful contest. It challenges designers and architects to rethink the traditional public parking lots and buildings that stand defiant in the face of beauty and style. These large spaces can easily accommodate other uses, which people are encouraged to explore.
One participant of the Combo Competitions Poor But Beautiful contest, Manson Fung, envisions elevators and sliding trays that not only hold cars, but also gardens, pop up shops and, of course, storage units. Another team made up of Pedro Martins, Ana Santos and Miguel Pereira, consider blending parking spaces with a cemetery since the latter requires more land than expanding urban populations can accommodate.