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Market Street Prototyping Festival

We want Emoti Bricks – a fully-compostable street theater built from blocks of cultivate on Market Street.

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The Mithun team’s fascination with MycoWorks’ mycelium products stems from our interest in biomimicry and sustainable building practices. The revolutionary shift in building materials that we have seen in recent years is an exciting expression of remembering where we came from. Our underlying theme in our Park(ing) Day installation, the first partnership between Mithun + MycoWorks, was exactly this. We explored the idea that taking back a parking spot to install a park was a reminder that before there was pavement, there was grass and dirt… and mushrooms! We populated our parklet with furniture made up of MycoWorks mycelium forms, a medium which is as durable as wood, yet draws on a more sustainable practice, using already-discarded wood chips to feed and culture the mushrooms. The result, once the mushroom roots have intertwined and expanded into a light yet dense form, is a highly resilient (and virtually fire-proof!) structural medium. At the same time, with a few alterations (like running it through a wood chipper), the mycelium form is a highly compostable building component, easily returned to the earth.

The mycelium products that Phil and his team have been developing come in multiple forms. The forms are created by the mushroom itself, which has grown in and around wood chips and sawdust into any mold, then baked to stop the growing process. Any of these forms can be coated with lacquer if desired. Alternatively, the MycoWorks team has been experimenting with the mycelium as a composite fill for plywood, bamboo, and counter-top veneer. These composite panels perform fantastically under compression, and the mycelium is naturally an acoustic insulator, as well as an extremely lightweight option in comparison to any traditional wood-composite panel. 

The project we are proposing for the 2015 Prototyping Festival is a purposeful activation of the space in Fox Plaza, which has been called “a physical, emotional, and experiential barrier”. Building with large mycelium blocks as well as sheets of composite-filled plywood, we propose constructing an intuitive, interactive amphitheater. Its stage will be activated with musicians, performers, and public speakers. The amphitheater itself will be modular, utilizing galvanized steel guide tracks. This will allow changeable seating for lunch, gatherings, and even working en plein air. Pedestrians stopping by can utilize Market Street’s WiFi, or perhaps WiFi via collaboration with Twitter across the street. With support from Twitter, Dolby, and/or Spotify, we may be able to amplify the theater with more technological aspects.

Fox Plaza is prime to be activated with seating, encouraging members of all communities to spend time outdoors along San Francisco’s main street. With hundreds of neighboring Twitter employees, especially anticipating Twitter’s possible plans to lease its entire ground floor to a “Ferry Building-like” collection of restaurants, it makes perfect sense to create a new destination for lunchtime lounging or after-work performances. Drawing on the neighborhood’s abutting “theater district”, we imagine a new ‘parklet’ within this otherwise vacant, uninviting plaza, where musicians and artists can step in at any moment and entertain the lounging crowd.

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Mithun + MycoWorks initial teaming on Park(ing) Day was a day-long demonstration of the capabilities of mycelium construction.

If selected to build our mycelium amphitheater, we will execute outreach to local musicians, performers, and public speakers to activate our parklet in Fox Plaza for the duration of the Prototyping Festival.

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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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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.
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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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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
Tom K.
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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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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/

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Ashley Newton
Marie
Ruby Chen
Gensler
Pavement to Parks
Clare Hart-Slattery
Kristy Hilands
Dan
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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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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
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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
paul_heltzelatdiscoverydotcom

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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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