Urban street beautification projects, like many large-scale urban renewal efforts of the past, often confuse “beauty” with cleanliness, sweeping the
unsavory realities of the street aside.
This project develops designs for a Guerrilla Street Museum as a way to engage and activate the street while simultaneously revealing and critiquing what beautification often seeks to hide. The work has been selected to be one of fifty projects included in the upcoming Market Street Prototyping Festival this April 9-11, an event sponsored by the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Knight Foundation to develop new ideas to reinvigorate this urban thoroughfare. The project is also sponsored by CCA’s ENGAGE program as part of the Center for Art and Public Life.
The client for our prototype contribution to the festival is Larkin Street Youth Services, which provides a range of services to homeless and at risk youth in San Francisco and has been particularly critical to the young LGBTQ community here. We will work with Larkin Street’s outreach and arts programs to develop a “museum of the street” kiosk serving to collect and display creative expressions of life on the streets as well as serve as a touchstone for outreach and communication of the mission of Larkin Street.
CCA Architecture Guerrilla Street Museum Studio:
Adika Djojosugito, Joy Fu, Danny Hsieh, Eva Jin, Saharsh Khaitan, Fredy Lim, Susan Lopez, Lu Li, Martin Setiawan, Andrea Tse, Melody Villavicencio, & Christopher Baile with Associate Professor Neal J. Z. Schwartz
Larkin Street Youth Services
Engage Program, CCA
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