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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.

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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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Chacha Sikes

The first prototype is almost done and ready to bring to Market Street for the Prototyping festival tomorrow.

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Posted Apr 8, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Apr 8, 2015

Keep up the good work! Coming along nicely :)

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Posted by Tom K. on Apr 8, 2015
Dan
Dan
Apr 8, 2015

Viva Daily Boost!

Posted by Dan on Apr 8, 2015
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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?

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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Market Street Prototyping Festival Design Charrette
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:00am - 2pm
The Village, 969 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

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.

Learn more - marketstreetprototyping.org/ev...
More about the village at 969 Market - 969market.com/

Who Went?

Ashley Newton
Marie
Ruby Chen
Gensler
Pavement to Parks
Clare Hart-Slattery
Kristy Hilands
Dan
Dan
Dan
Jan 23, 2015

Thanks to all of the design teams for presenting your work in progress. I posted a few pictures here - www.facebook.com/Neighborland/...

Posted by Dan on Jan 23, 2015
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Chacha Sikes

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!

dailyboost.wufoo.com/forms/emo...

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Chacha Sikes

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.

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Dan
Dan
Dec 8, 2014

Thanks for posting Chacha!

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Street Engagement Day
Friday, November 7, 2014, 1:00pm - 3pm
Market Street, between Embarcedero and Van Ness

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 info@marketstreetprototyping.org at least three business days in advance.

Best,
The MSPF Team

Who Went?

Timber Valley
Katie Marazita
Jennifer Dowland
Tom K.
Ashley Newton
peepSHOW
Sean Stevens
Rain Chan-Kalin
Adam
Erik Schmitt
Clare Hart-Slattery
Scott Watkins
ATLAS Lab
Derek Ouyang
Gabri Folino
Marie
Maria Judice
Maria Judice
Nov 9, 2014

Great meeting all the folks at the street engagement day. Next time I'll have my selfie booth in tow.

Posted by Maria Judice on Nov 9, 2014
paulatdnews
paulatdnews
Nov 13, 2014

Hi Emily--I wanted to see if we could get permission to run this image:

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on Discovery News (discoverynews.com) for a blog tomorrow. Would that be ok?

Thanks!

Paul Heltzel
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Kingsley Wallis
Kingsley Wallis
Apr 12, 2015

I thought it was awesome, great idea, and wish it was there all year long

Kingsley

Posted by Kingsley Wallis on Apr 12, 2015
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