2015 · 2014

Public Works: Bringing New Life to a City’s Lost Waterways

12-30-2014. Torontoist
San Francisco’s Market Street pays tribute to its forgotten waterways with a special art installation. Read more »

One solution to SF’s housing crisis: microhomes

12-5-2014. SF Examiner
As more and more people move to San Francisco hoping to snag a shrinking number of homes, a self-described Bay Area nomad says he has a solution to ease The City’s housing crisis: microhomes. Read more »

Butterflies Set to Take Over Market Street for a Few Days

11-26-2014. CurbedSF
The Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is all around us in San Francisco. The butterflies can live their entire lives in the city, which is an ideal habitat thanks to its warm climate and London Plane trees… Read more »

A Hidden San Francisco Creek Will Become Street Art

11-24-2014. Fast Co.Exist
Hayes Creek is long gone, but a San Francisco designer is bringing it back—sort of. Read more »

Meet ProtoHouse, the Tiny Cube Home Popping Up on Market Street Next Year

11-21-2014. CurbedSF
ProtoHouse is one of many innovative projects popping up on the sidewalks of Market Street during April’s three-day Market Street Prototyping Festival. Read more »

San Francisco Streets Painted With Hidden Creeks

11-17-2014. Discovery
When Spanish explorers first mapped San Francisco, what they found would surprise today’s residents. Nearly every valley had its own arroyo, or a creek that only appears when there’s enough rain to fill it. A new art project will place them under the feet of busy commuters, approximating in paint or light where the small waterways used to run. Read more »

Lost San Francisco Creeks to Resurface As Street Art

11-12-2014. CurbedSF
San Francisco used to be covered with creeks and streams, but now only a few remain. Most of the waterways are long gone, having been built over or blocked as the city developed. But for a few days in April, the former Hayes Creek will reappear in an artistic new way. Read more »

San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks

11-12-2014. CityLab
Though it’s not common knowledge today, there used to be a waterway that burbled through the heart of downtown San Francisco. This was Hayes Creek, a since-culverted gully that stretches under Hayes Valley and just south of City Hall. Read more »

Market Street Project To Remember Forgotten Waterways

11-12-2014. SFist
Before the Wiggle was the bike route of least resistance through some of San Francisco’s hills, it was a flat creek bed that hosted an intermittent stream. But that’s the story of many waterways and seasonal “arroyos” lost to memory that would be recalled by a proposed project of the Market Street Prototyping Festival coming in April. Read more »

Design Teams Try Ideas to Liven Up SF’s Market Street

11-6-2014. ABC 7 News
On Friday afternoon, you might see some brightly colored tables spread out on San Francisco’s Market Street. They’ll be the first signs of a much bigger event happening in a few months. San Francisco is holding a contest to make its most heavily traveled street as innovative as the city itself. Read more »

Fog Installation to Celebrate San Francisco’s Unique Climate

11-5-2014. PSFK
Mark Twain famously mused that the coldest winter he’d experienced was, in fact, a San Francisco summer. The author has done well, then, to make himself unavailable for an upcoming Market Street event, during which an extra bit of human-made fog — on top of whatever cold weather an SF spring also sees fit to bring — will be rolled out. Read more »

San Francisco Plans to Produce More Fog to Build Community Spirit

11-3-2014. CityLab
The city’s planning department has teamed up with the Knight Foundation and the local Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to crowdsource ideas about “improving our famed civic spine and how we use it.” Read more »

Day Around The Bay

11-3-2014. SFist
There’s a bunch of weird, twee stuff at the Market Street Prototyping festival. Read more »

Market Street Getting a Rolling Fog “Maker”

11-3-2014. The Bold Italic
Next April, Market Street will undergo a three-day transformation as part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a showcase of weird, captivating, and interactive art projects that highlight not only the relationship between residents, but also the interconnectedness of the different neighborhoods and lifestyles. Read more »

A Sneak Peek at the Urban Interventions Popping Up on Market Street in 2015

10-31-2014. Curbed SF
This week, the teams that will participate in the first-ever Market Street Prototyping Festival were selected by the San Francisco Planning Department and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read more »

Ideas For Transforming Market Street Identified

10-30-2014. SocketSite
“Chosen based on their “creativity, sense of community, potential to make Market Street a more vibrant public space and ability to identify Market Street as uniquely San Francisco,” the fifty (50) teams which will each receive a $2,000 stipend to prototype their ideas for San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival have been selected.” Read more »

Festival Could Blanket Downtown SF With Sensors

08-16-2014. re/code
Neil Hrushowy, a progressive urban designer for the city, kicked the meeting off with a nod to the entrepreneurs: “The government can’t solve 21st century problems by itself, and we should stop pretending it can,” he said. “It’s hard for government, which gains power by saying no [through] regulation, to step aside and say yes.” Read more »

San Francisco Is Crowdsourcing Ideas for a New Market Street

09-22-2014. SFWeekly
Maybe this is a step in the right direction for San Francisco: a revitalization effort that doesn’t involve tax breaks for tech companies, or taxpayer money diverted to private developers, or slavish imitations of other cities. Read more »

Area students turn signal boxes into art at Missouri City intersections

07-24-2014. YourFortBendNews
“Our main focus has been, and will be, that this is a platform for the community. We have so much talent here in the city, and this is an excellent and creative platform for citizens to show that off,” City Manager Ed Broussard said. Read more »

Knight Prototype Fund: When Storytelling Meets Civic Action

07-14-2014. PBS / KQED
The Knight Foundation on Wednesday announced the most recent winners of its fund, which looks to support early-stage media ideas in an effort to push them closer to a formal launch. Read more »

Livable cities are becoming a science, but civic engagement is still an art

06-19-2014. KnightBlog
There are signs that community engagement in livable cities is producing an innovative new generation of engaged community leaders and citizens, the foundation of a healthy democracy. Read more »

Autodesk: Help Re-imagine San Francisco by Contributing to the Market Street Prototyping Festival

06-19-2014. In the Fold / Autodesk
Autodesk is supporting the event as technology sponsor by providing world-class design and fabrication tools free of charge to participating teams. Read more »

The future of Market Street is in your hands!

06-18-2014. FashionSchoolDaily / Academy of Art University
The Prototyping Festival invites you to take part in creating the next chapter of San Francisco’s public space. Read more »

San Francisco uses crowdsourcing for a Market Street makeover

05-27-2014. SF Business Times
San Francisco’s Market Street is getting a makeover — and city planners are using crowd sourcing to find a new aesthetic for the busy thoroughfare. Read more »