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Chacha Sikes

14 neighbors want Daily Boost – a "soul gym" designed to boost moods in public spaces on Market Street.

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Daily Boost is golden "gym equipment" designed to boost moods and encourage positive emotions in public spaces. This equipment is intended for installation near transit stations, concrete parks and places where people might need a boost of movement and positivity. 

The gym will contain 4-6 pieces of furniture, with attached hand-held props. Each piece of equipment supports a different positive emotional states such as "powerful", "meditative", or "heroic". Our first demonstration prototype happened on October 4, 2014 at YBCA's OpenCity/ArtCity in the DiscoTech. Participants explored a variety of positive emotions, and played with other people.

This installation included:
• A throne
• A meditation bench 
• A pedestal 

Props
• Angel wings – for “power poses”
• A torch, tablet & shield – heroism, leadership
• A cape – regality

Through an iterative & collaborative design process, we will generate additional types of equipment to support desired emotional states. This civic park equipment will create opportunities for anyone to experience a range of positive emotions, and get a "daily boost" in a nearby public space.

Background
Amy Cuddy has a TED talk, “Your body language shapes who you are”(1) about the recent scientific findings of the physiological benefits of stress-busting Power Poses (think "Wonder Woman").

Through history, you can find many examples of power poses in civic statues, religious furnishings, and royal accessories. What’s exciting is that this rich history offers ideas for a new genre of “outdoor gym equipment.” Why not "be" the victorious leader on the Pedestal? Why not take a sunshine break and sit on a throne? Why not de-stress on a meditation bench?

The Hope
If our body language shapes who we are, then what happens when our body postures in public don’t represent how we want to feel? What does this mean for our street culture?

The very powerful "Stop Telling Women to Smile"(2) movement is an inspiration for me. These women are asserting their rights to feel however they want while walking down the street, and have people leave them alone.

Streets should be places where we aren’t told how to feel, or places where we must hide our feelings. Streets should be places that make us feel more ourselves, more powerful, whatever suits us best. We have an opportunity to co-design public spaces that allow us to choose consensual, positive social exchanges that we might actually *want* on any given day. We can make spaces to meditate in solitude, to be admired or to feel equal, or even forgiven. Whatever we need. Design experimentation will help us learn ways to enhance our streets so that in 10-20 years we feel safer to be ourselves.

Outreach
Iterative and Community-focused Design Process

We will do several design iterations, and choose the strongest experiences for installation on Market Street.

Teams of “Builders” & “User Researchers” will design and make new prototypes of the gym equipment and props. 

Between December and March, we will hold four public installations in locations on or near Market Street (for example, at City Hall, UN Plaza, and in the Financial District.) Our User Researchers will design our next “Emotion Election” ballot, and steer us to get useful feedback for the next design iteration.

For each public installation design iteration, we will invite a different organizational partner to collaborate with us or otherwise be involved. Ideal partners to invite include Parks & Rec, the Department of Health and Human Services or similar organizations that promote the well being, mental or spiritual health of workers and local residents. We will also keep the project open to interested volunteers, design thinkers, furniture builders, industry mentors and others who might be able to help us make and provide equipment in this genre that would be of the best benefit to the public.

At these events, our team of costumed "Personal Trainers" will play with the public, encourage the public to participate in the “Election”, help take photos using the hashtag #dailyboost, and make sure no one gets hurt on early prototypes. After the event, we will debrief with all teams on what worked well and not-so-well, answer design questions, and tally up more Election results.

Then we will enter a design sketching and building process, and work with as many mentors as possible to identify stable, affordable materials that can be used to make gym equipment easily and that looks great, and photographs well, when it is gold.

After the four installation events, our findings will be solidified into final designs for furniture, and create a layout plan and way-finding graphics for the gym equipment. We can extend our current website to provide an app-like experience for pedestrians wanting to find out how to do a “positive emotion workout, “ which will present the cumulative findings of our research.

A summary of our first learnings from our first installation has been published on our blog, dailyboost.tumblr.com

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Molly McLeod
Market Street Prototyping Festival
Sahiti Karempudi
Maria Judice
Future Cities Lab
Steven Kahlich
Tee Parham
Angel Quicksey
Yael Braha
Dan
Tom K.
edibleoffice
Chris Selig
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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.

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Danielle Rose
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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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Posted Jul 29, 2015
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Chacha Sikes
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SoulGym: Throne Chair with Wings

A Soul Gym is public furniture that supports positive emotions in public space.This original prototype was created for the Market Street Prototyping F...

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Posted Jul 28, 2015
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Chacha Sikes

And I made a slideshow of all of the buildings... hopefully this will demystify building for you. If I can build something... you probably can too! www.flickr.com/photos/linepith...

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Building a Soul Gym for Market Street Prototyping Festival

For the last 6 weeks this is all I have been doing. Building a giant throne & power pose wings that gets installed tonight on Market Street.

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Posted Apr 8, 2015
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Chacha Sikes

Wrote a little blog post about this last 6 weeks of heavy construction... now that I'm finally in the last few minutes before the truck comes!

dailyboost.tumblr.com/post/115...

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6 weeks of Construction

It’s April 8, 2015. Finally. Installation Day for Daily Boost – a “soul gym” for the public. The installation is a giant throne (for compassion) and power pose wings (for stress reduction.) You can...

dailyboost.tumblr.com/post/115...

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Posted Apr 8, 2015
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Chacha Sikes

All ready to go into the truck.

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Posted Apr 8, 2015
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Apr 8, 2015

So excited to see this hit the streets!

Posted by Dan on Apr 8, 2015
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