The first prototype is almost done and ready to bring to Market Street for the Prototyping festival tomorrow.
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.
Please join our 50 design teams as they share their latest designs on how to make Market Street a more connected and vibrant street. Share your insights with the project designers, and learn more about how to get engaged in the festival this April. We want to hear your feedback - it's important for our designers to understand what works and what doesn't work for residents. This event is free and open to the public.
We are doing an "Emotion Election" as part of developing this power-pose gym. If you would like to share your feelings about what Market Street is like for you, and what you would like it to be like, please try out our interview!
A few weeks ago, we did some tabling for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, right near the Montgomery Street BART Station. We were asked to make observations about folks in and around Market Street, and we were able to speak with some people about where they were headed, and what their life is like as people who work near Market Street.
A number of people said that the whole street is just very dirty and that they are usually feeling stressed out, or that walking up and down the street was stressful.
As for observations, I noticed people heading to transit, people walking with their co-workers to get coffee.
Everyone who stopped by to talk with us was VERY pleased that a festival would be happening, since there is zero art on Market Street.
I noticed that the entire street is very heavily influenced by major obstacles. There are trees, posts, lights, signs, newspaper boxes throughout, and so it is very very hard to walk in a straight line down market street.
Join the Market Street Prototyping Festival and the selected teams on November 7th as we hit the streets to unveil the prototype projects for the festival!
The Street Engagement Day is an opportunity for you to meet the teams in person and share your thoughts on their prototype ideas. The teams will then incorporate the feedback into the next demonstration of their design before they fabricate their prototypes for the festival.
Visit our tables on the sidewalks of Market Street near the following locations between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and help make the prototypes come to a reality for Market Street!
Civic Center District: Fox Plaza, 1390 Market Street (map)
Central Market District: 1028 Market Street (map)
Retail Heart District: 773 Market Street (map)
Financial District: 555 Market Street (map)
Embarcadero District: 5 Embarcadero Center, on Market Street between Noah’s Bagels & the Embarcadero BART Station Entrance (map)
All Street Engagement Day locations are ADA accessible. For language assistance or disability accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least three business days in advance.
The MSPF Team