|“We have the opportunity to build the most vibrant street in America, but only if we invite our city’s creative spirit to do it with us.”
-Neil Hrushowy, Manager, City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department
DON’T MISS FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 17
The Market Street Prototyping Festival, October 2-4, offers artists and designers the rare opportunity to test-drive their boldest ideas for activating sidewalks and creating a vibrant public realm on one of the country’s most public stages: San Francisco’s Market Street.
I’m delighted to be a member of the Festival team and urge you to submit your ideas for this unique happening.
To learn more, join us Tuesday, June 17, for a kick-off and orientation event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 6 to 8 pm. There is no cost but RSVPs are encouraged.
Feel free to contact me with questions.
“The creativity of our communities should be reflected in our streets”
-Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS: Open Call for Market Street Prototyping Festival
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: JULY 3
As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, the city’s planning department has partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival, seeking ideas to help reshape 36 blocks of the city’s central corridor.
The Festival will take place along Market Street, from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, October 2-4, 2014. Ideas that activate the sidewalks and create a vibrant public realm will be accepted through July 3. Up to 50 proposals will receive $2,000 each to build a prototype, which will be showcased at the Festival.
Any individual, business or nonprofit can submit a proposal. The idea should aim to improve public spaces in a way that engages the community and encourages them to think differently about the city’s streets and squares.
A kickoff event for the Festival will be held on June 17 from 6pm to 8pm at YBCA. Registration for the event is free.
One Street: Five Very Different Districts
Walking Market Street, from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, is an experience of diversity. Every few blocks the character and energy of the street change.
With this in mind, selected design teams will be matched with one of five zones or districts on Market Street (Civic Center, Central Market, Retail, Financial, Embarcadero). They will work with community members to take into account their needs and preferences as well as the character of that slice of Market Street.
LEARN MORE AT THE LAUNCH EVENT JUNE 17