Fogplane focuses on San Francisco’s microclimates and the way its inhabitants relate to, create, recollect in memories their city as they walk through it and experience it. We are using fog (a big presence in San Francisco) as an inspiration. Our project is made up of stretchy white fabric, chromed columns, steel plates, snap buttons, el wire to light the fabric from a reveal and a wood platform.
Fogplane is an infrastructure that consists of stretchy fabric that is multiplied in layers. In its static form, Fogplane is simple and elegant in its form and material. Its layers inherently mimic the qualities of rolling fog in our city, creating density and depth. Much like fog, there are different levels of transparency and opaqueness against people and objects. The material of the white fabric also helps create gradients of shadows against it as people filter through Fogplane. According to where different people are standing within Fogplane, some people are completely visible, while others appear as shadows against the fabric. The more layers of fabric are in front of a person, the softer their shadows appear.
We propose that Fogplane be sited on the axis of the UN Plaza near Market Street. Circulation through this space captures Bart riders, farmer’s market crowd, food truck eaters as well as the day-to-day citizens who linger around the area looking for shade and respite. Although UN Plaza is our designed site, Fogplane can be adapted to different parts of the city and be able to relate to the larger context of the city through its atmospheric qualities of microclimates.
We’re fascinated by fog’s ability to completely change the mood and image of not only the city, but our relationships with the city. As we adventure around our diverse neighborhoods, we experience the depths of the city’s diversity, peeling away and exposing the layers of its people, cultures and spaces. Fog rolls in and out of our city every day, veiling and unveiling our own moments and memories of San Francisco.
We hope that Fogplane is a catalyst to evoke a sense of familiarity and a sense of community. We see fog as an environment that supersedes all differences in the community and is the common element that binds the city.
The simple and static infrastructure of Fogplane depends on its user and inhabitants (much like the city) to be manipulated, touched and experienced. The stretchy yet taut fabric can be pulled, poked, pushed, buttoned (using snap buttons on the fabric) to create different types of spaces as the inhabitants wish. It can be pulled down to see beyond the fabric; it can be pushed inward create a personal nook; it can be fastened overhead to create enclosure. As people interact with it in various capacities, the project itself begins to accumulate traces and memories of people.
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