Despiteor because ofits ubiquity, the parking garage doesnt get much love. Decried by Smart Growth-ers and aesthetes, its taken for granted by everyone else. But House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage, the first major exhibition devoted to the typology, reveals a 100-year history marked by innovations such as the DHumy ramp system (shown above), which introduced split-level floors to maximize spaces back in 1918. The show at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., includes parking designs by luminaries such as Bertrand Goldberg, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Santiago Calatrava. Through July 11, 2010. nbm.org

Exhibit
Despite—or because of—its ubiquity, the parking garage doesn’t get much love. Decried by Smart Growth-ers and aesthetes, it’s taken for granted by everyone else. But “House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage,” the first major exhibition devoted to the typology, reveals a 100-year history marked by innovations such as the D’Humy ramp system (shown above), which introduced split-level floors to maximize spaces back in 1918. The show at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., includes parking designs by luminaries such as Bertrand Goldberg, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Santiago Calatrava. Through July 11, 2010. nbm.org

Credit: Courtesy Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress