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Market Street Prototyping Festival

33 neighbors want Shimmering Stars – an interactive light installation with organic patterns triggered by footsteps on Market Street.

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San Francisco is a city at war with itself, and no area exemplifies this better than Central Market. The tourist flow abruptly stops at the Hallidie Plaza, and people walking down from the crowded and vibrant Retail area will suddenly wonder if they’re still on Market Street; the area is rundown, sketchy and mostly occupied by struggling low-end businesses, theaters, and the homeless.

Our project aims to bring vibrancy back. We propose to install interactive lights that light up Central Market and connect Hallidie Plaza with UN Plaza as pedestrians step on pressure sensors embedded on the sidewalks. The organic pattern of the lights, which create the illusion of “shimmering skies,” will keep changing with the lights affected by the varying timing and progression of the pressure sensors stepped by the pedestrians.

Shimmering Skies will lure pedestrians on opposite sides of Central Market to come around and see the source of the beautiful light that seems to be hovering right above the streets. With the lights attracting the pedestrians to cross over the invisible boundary to Central Market, foot traffic will increase and consequently lighten up the street even more.

For those who are already on Central Market, Shimmering Skies will create a beautiful haven-like space for pedestrians who may initially be wary of the bareness of the street. It will also create a space for playfulness, as some may even try to control the lights by jumping back and forth--from one pressure sensor to another. The resulting Shimmering Skies will be an interactive collective work of ark of the pedestrians. 

A mobile phone app will allow others not on the street to see Shimmering Skies and be inspired by the emerging pattern. It will also give Central Market a new reputation and Shimmering Skies would become the reason for residents and tourists to visit Central Market and enjoy participating in the collective effort. The lights would effectively turn the whole street into a playground in which adults, too, can take part.

Using prevalent technology of LEDs and sensors, Shimmering Skies would be both easy and inexpensive to implement. This concept could be taken further to incorporate virtual interactions from mobile app users controlling some portions of the lights, and this would include more people to participate. 

Central Market needs more pedestrians to make it as vibrant as its neighbor, Retail Heart. No one wants Market Street to end abruptly right in the middle. Since people always want to participate in their immediate community, whether it is a permanent or transient one for them Shimmering Skies is the perfect solution.

Community Outreach
Shimmering Skies would effectively bring art (the lights) to Central Market with an intuitive interactive interface (the pressure sensors) that turns the street into a playground where pedestrians can have fun by simply walking and stepping on sensors on the floor. It would also bring a sense of safety to the street, as the street will be covered with the colorful light above. 

Feedback from pedestrians (both local residents and travelers) that gauges their participation, their enthusiasm for Shimmering Skies, how their view of Central Market changed, and whether they would recommend visiting Central Market to other family and friends would be asked. Any positive feedback would allow us to evaluate whether this project was successful or not.

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Wynnek
Ashley Newton
Sahiti Karempudi
Maria Judice
Katie Marazita
Steven Bernard
Peter Nies
Nancy Cech
Colin Bookman
Jasmine Friedrich
Karen Silva Cisneros
Amanda Hoch
Tee Parham
Kim Cole
Veronica
Debby RedVixen Lee
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Market Street and Embarcedero

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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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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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Dan
Oct 3, 2017

Updated link: 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...

Who Went?

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…

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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? (51)

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
Groundplay
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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Joseph Thomas

This looks to be considerably larger than 144 sq. ft.

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So Yeon Park
So Yeon Park
Dec 19, 2014

The main image is what the idea would look like if it were implemented as a full scale project and not intended to portray what the prototype would look like. Any ideas on how to make the prototype of 12" x 12" look as nice as that? We'd love your input!

Posted by So Yeon Park on Dec 19, 2014
Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas
Dec 19, 2014

I understood 144 square feet to be the size limit for the actual projects.

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Maria Judice

This is just so pretty. What does the ground look like where you step?

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So Yeon Park
So Yeon Park
Dec 19, 2014

Will post more images soon! Stay tuned :)

Posted by So Yeon Park on Dec 19, 2014
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