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10 neighbors want Unsilence the Newsbin - a participatory reimagining of the city's underused sidewalk newsbins on Market Street.

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Unsilence the Newsbin” is an art project that creates the rebirth of the newsbin that are no longer in use.

As a fairly new dweller in the Bay Area, those countless newsbins spread on the Market Street always catch my eyes. I looked for the newsbin that contain newspapers so I can have a physically touching engagement with the city. Often I found that most of the newsbins are empty and not in use, and it makes me feel lonely while watching them standing silently. They blend into the background color of the city, and countless people simply passed by day after day.

I started to imagine how those newsbins feel after silently watching the city’s growth, the people’s movement, and the fog’s temper for decades.

And then, the idea of “UNSILENCE THE NEWSBIN” started growing…


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Ideally, wherever there’s an unused newsbin, I’d like to make it! I'm going to start observing some newsbins and see how people interact/notice/use it and the frequency. By taking notes and photos, I'll revise my project to a better solution, for creating special, surprised and fun experiences for everyone.

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Groundplay: The evolution of tactical urbanism
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:00pm - 9pm
Exploratorium Observatory, Pier 15 (RSVP required)

Introducing Groundplay -- join us in celebrating the launch of San Francisco Planning’s Groundplay program at the Exploratorium on March 22nd at 6pm as part of their Conversations About Landscape speaker series. Pavement to Parks is merging with Living Innovation Zones and the Market Street Prototyping Festival into one citywide program called Groundplay.

Panelists include Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Katy Tang, San Francisco Supervisor for District 4, Shawn Lani, Studio Director of Studio for Public Spaces at Exploratorium, and will be moderated by Kay Cheng and Ilaria Salvadori of City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department.

RSVP to attend: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI...

Who Went?

Danielle Rose
Erik Schmitt
Hunter Franks
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Dan

"In regards to the news rack pedestals removed from Market Street, Public Works and Clear Channel are working on a citywide news rack pedestal consolidation project. The intention of this project is to remove and reduce vacant pedestal boxes to reduce sidewalk clutter and improve the appearance of San Francisco streetscapes. The project has an estimated completion date of 5/28/16."

hoodline.com/2016/04/60-news-r...

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60 News Racks Being Removed To Reduce Sidewalk Clutter | Hoodline

SF Public Works and Clear Channel Communication are removing 60 pedestal news racks and replacing some with smaller versions to improve the city's streetscapes.

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Posted Apr 7, 2016
Ruby Chen
Ruby Chen
Apr 8, 2016

Dan, thanks for sharing this news! I thought they would never remove them due to the 20-year contract. This is probably a better solution for the streetscape, noticing more and more news racks are broken and unsanitary. While I was installing the project around midnight, I was terrified of how some people treated the news rack... It's just required too many resources to maintain the infrastructure.

A while ago I went to a talk by the creators of LinkNYC - a new structure (with touch screen providing free wifi) to replace old telephone booths. www.link.nyc/ They have done a lot of interviews and testing to make sure it fits the need and is intuitive to use. I'm really interested in seeing the long term outcome. Like all the public art installations, it's really important to know how to make the object "bullet-proof" and also fit in the space, taking account of the big picture of the environment like weather, people, policy (politics maybe?) - this is probably what I learned the most, and fortunate enough to experiment a little while lacking knowledge and experience.

Posted by Ruby Chen on Apr 8, 2016
Dan
Dan
Apr 8, 2016

Right on Ruby ... sometimes less is more, and creating more public space on our sidewalks is a great idea. Any object that takes up space on the sidewalks has to be rigorously evaluated as we have so little public space! I've been following LinkNYC as well as it's one of Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet/Google) first big investments.

Posted by Dan on Apr 8, 2016
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Happy Hour Q&A
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hall, 1028 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Join us for a Happy Hour Q&A at The Hall! Come meet and mingle with the MSPF team and get a chance to discuss any questions you might have about your project submissions and ideas. The MSPF Open Call for new projects for our 2016 festival is open until Apr 15. We’ll also be joined by some of last year’s participants who can share their experiences. Bring your friends and prototype ideas and we’ll see you there!

Open Call info: marketstreetprototyping.org/ge...

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Sean Stevens
Dan
Tom K.
Market Street Prototyping Festival
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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Calling all Bay Area citizens! MSPF is now accepting new project applications for our 2016 festival! Do you have an idea to make Market Street a more vibrant public space? We want to hear about it, submissions accepted now thru Apr 15.

marketstreetprototyping.org/ge...

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Dan

Hey Ruby ... what if we used some of the newsbins for a city-wide Little Free Library? littlefreelibrary.org/wp-conte...

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Ruby Chen
Ruby Chen
Apr 8, 2016

I have been thinking about replying to you but I don't know why I wait until now!! Haha
I've seen the "actual" little free library in the bird house style, but this is cool too and have the same sharing spirit!
littlefreelibrary.org/

I've also seen this post before I did the project: www.docpop.org/2012/08/san-fra...
Wondering why they didn't continue...

Posted by Ruby Chen on Apr 8, 2016
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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Here's an in depth analysis of the 2015 festival from Gehl Studio San Francisco. "Makers on Market" summarizes key findings and insights from the Festival, identifies prototypes with potential of influencing the design of Market Street, and outlines a framework for using prototyping events as a way to engage members of the public in finding solutions to public challenges.

issuu.com/gehlarchitects/docs/...

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Oct 3, 2017

Updated link: issuu.com/gehlarchitects/docs/...

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MSPF Community Meeting: Select 10 projects for incubation
Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:00pm - 7pm
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, SF CA 94102

Our work depends on you! YBCA values our community partners as primary stakeholders as we evolve and grow together. We believe that nurturing and deepening mutually-beneficial relationships with community based organizations, nonprofits, schools, local businesses, artists and creative problem-solvers is key to our interdependent success.

Join us! Participate in the process to select the 10 most successful prototypes--emerging from the pilot festival--for incubation. Together, we will identify the most forward-thinking, diverse citizen-driven solutions for re-energizing Market Street.

You can see the projects that participated in the April 2015 festival here: marketstreetprototyping.org/pr...

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Dan
Tom K.
Market Street Prototyping Festival
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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Here are a few thoughts on the festival from the team at Neighborland - medium.com/neighborland/market...

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Market Street Prototyping Festival — The Neighborland

Tens of thousands of people travel down Market Street in San Francisco every day. Most of us simply mind our own busines…

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MSPF Unsilence the Newsbin

Unsilence the Newsbin is an art project that creates the rebirth of the newsbin that are no longer in use. As a fairly new dweller in the Bay Area...

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Market Street Prototyping Festival
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:00am
Market Street between Embarcedero and Van Ness

An open call for creative ways to improve Market Street yielded hundreds of submissions from citizens and organizations. Fifty of these submissions were chosen to create rough models, or “prototypes”, that demonstrate how their idea would work. From April 9th - 11th, Market Street will come alive with these ideas. Its wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performances spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more.

Come and walk the festival route, check out the installations, and tell us what you think. A selection of these designs will then move from prototype to reality, as part of our city’s Better Market Street initiative.

Who Went? (51)

Steven Kahlich
Susie McKinnon
Max Hawkins
Melody Villavicencio
Cheyenne Maples
Tom K.
Lemon
Dan Sullivan
peepSHOW
Alvin Shiu
Garen Gary Srapyan
Paul Pillitteri
Timber Valley
Galen Maloney
Maria Judice
ATLAS Lab
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