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Jennifer Pattee

22 neighbors want Play Everyday – an improvisational workout park for all ages on Market Street.

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Cities are lacking movement design. Just a few generations ago, physical activity was integral to daily life. Today, physical inactivity is the norm. We take the bus to work. We sit at our jobs. We bus home. As a result, many urbanites find themselves in a slump. We know we should move more, but we’re not sure where or how to start. We associate exercise with something that’s going to be boring, repetitive, and hard. 

We think it’s a personal problem, but in fact, we’ve designed movement out of almost every activity we do. Physical activity in America and other developed economies has declined by 32% since 1965, will drop by 46% within a generation unless things change.(1) 

Designing movement back into our cities will help us reach massive gains in our health, well being, and quality of life, as well as invigorate our city and workplaces. 

Our solution, “Play Everyday,” is a city-sponsored campaign to promote movement in San Francisco and re-vitalize Market Street by encouraging people to play. 

Our submission to the Market Street Prototyping Festival is called the “OK to Play!” zone, and it addresses multiple things Market Street needs: an area to come together, to sit, to move, and of course, to play. 

Unlike other playgrounds, this is a place designed for adults who live or work in the inner city where there are few welcoming places where people can move and play together. 

And unlike other workout parks, there’s no “one way” to use it, and there’s no way to fail. It’s open to improvisation and discovery, encouraging learning through movement, and offers infinite number of ways to interact with it. 

It will be a beacon for people who already use the city as a gym and playground, like parkour enthusiasts, runners and outdoor exercisers.(2) And it will invite people walking and biking along Market Street to have a friendly stop-over, introducing new movements to their day. 

Most importantly, a city-sponsored “Play Everyday” campaign will help us re-cast San Francisco as “The Playful City:” an urban hub that puts people first and celebrates our basic human needs to move, gather, and play. And it will be a small but mighty bright spot in the story of public health in America.

1) “Designed to Move” report. www.designedtomove.org
2) “City As Gym” by Jenna Scatena, San Francisco Magazine, January 2014. digital.modernluxury.com/publi...

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Exploratorium - Exploratorium's long history of play based learning and full body immersive experiences makes them a perfect partner to develop, test and realize the Ok to Play! zone

PROXY - Existing community partner to Basic Training and existing experimenter in creative public place-making

Envelope A+D - Existing advisor to Basic Training

Twitter, Zendesk, Fitbit, Lululemon, Aether - Jenn works in an advisory capacity to these companies which are all located in the area and are district stakeholders.

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Molly McLeod
Market Street Prototyping Festival
Cheyenne Purrington
Sahiti Karempudi
Galen Maloney
Maria Judice
Adam
Elizabeth Anne Fedak
Gabrielle Miller
Michelle Chinn
Jasmine Friedrich
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John Hayato Branderhorst
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Tom K.
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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...

Who Went?

Sean Stevens
Dan
Tom K.
Market Street Prototyping Festival
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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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KaBOOM!

Hey Jennifer - this KaBOOM! grant could be an additional source of funding for you (up to $50k): play60playon.kaboom.org/

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Posted Oct 1, 2015
Jennifer Pattee
Jennifer Pattee
Oct 1, 2015

We're applying!!! Just saw the grant information yesterday. We have a great project in mind that we are working on in Richmond, CA. Can't wait to share it with you! Thanks for the nudge!!!
--Jenn

Posted by Jennifer Pattee on Oct 1, 2015
KaBOOM!
KaBOOM!
Oct 2, 2015

Great to hear and looking forward to seeing the application! Let me know if you ever have any questions about the process or the application.

Posted by KaBOOM! on Oct 2, 2015
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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.

issuu.com/gehlarchitects/docs/...

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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.
Market Street Prototyping Festival
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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…

medium.com/neighborland/market...

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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
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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/...

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Tom K.

I think some inspiration could be drawn from the most recent addition to Proxy on Hayes.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/pop...

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Pop-Up Fitness Hub - Hayes Valley

You see a parking lot. We see a place where people from all walks of life can gather, move, and play with friends.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/553...

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Posted Nov 23, 2014
Jennifer Pattee
Jennifer Pattee
Nov 23, 2014

Thanks, Tom! The Hayes Valley Pop-Up is our project! We're experimenting with different ways to scale it using recycled materials like scaffolding.

Posted by Jennifer Pattee on Nov 23, 2014
Tom K.
Tom K.
Nov 23, 2014

Awesome to hear! I live a couple blocks away. Would be cool to have something similar near Market!

Posted by Tom K. on Nov 23, 2014
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