The greatest strength of the region is its incredibly diversity. But the area can feel threatening and chaotic. Social interaction and bonding is difficult under the current conditions. We will create a sense of place that is welcoming, calm, and playful. The goal of this project is to contribute to the positive evolution of Market street by designing an oasis that will foster creative interactions among the area’s residents.
The act of drawing is an inherent human activity, we all draw as children. What better way to spark positive interactions among the community than by tapping into this shared impulse?
To do this, we would utilize the 12 x 12 footprint by covering the majority of it in chalkboard. The core of the design would be a 12’ long, 8’ tall free standing wall. The sidewalk facing side of this structure will be the primary drawing surface. The other three sides will contain information about the project. This free standing wall would also create a barrier between the traffic along Market street and the chalk surfaces for drawing, which would generate a more welcoming sense of place and make the area more conducive to social interaction.
In order for the project to be successful within the constraints, the design must be functional, simple and doable. We are confident that our solution can be implemented and that it has the potential to be a valuable link in the series of projects to create a more inviting public space along Market Street.
Community input is key to any successful public project so our first steps would be to engage with locals in order to understand their needs and desires and the issues that concern them. Market Street does not exist in a vacuum, the population that borders the area uses it as an extension of their homes and has an intimate knowledge of it. We will tap into this in order to gain insight into the region.
Once the prototype has been constructed, we will start user experience observations to test the success of our solution.
The project designers have been Bay Area residents for over 20 years and have focused much of their energy on working with San Francisco cultural institutions. This has given them many insights into the Market Street landscape which will be valuable as well.
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