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Luke Bornheimer

34 neighbors want to create outdoor sitting areas and benches on sidewalks in San Francisco.

I was in Portland this past weekend and visited the Portland Flea Market where they had an outdoor stadium sitting area on the sidewalk. It was nice, comfortable and encouraged people to hang out outside while they drank coffee and ate brunch from the food truck parked outside. This would be a cool alternative to parklets in areas where full parklets don't make sense or can't be implemented.

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senseofplaceLAB

I'm looking for a community that would be interested in partnering with me to create a series of benches for them.

My process is to facilitate community workshops that heighten a 'sense of place'. The materials from these workshops then inform the design of functional public art works to then be placed in their community.

I'm especially interested in working with a community to create a series of benches that are also lending libraries. There are several examples from NYC here: archleague.org/2013/05/little-...

I'm working on funding for this project vs. asking the community to support it financially. Although the project needs involvement from the community in order to make it happen.

If you know of any communities that are interested in partnering with me, please e-mail me: laurie@senseofplacelab.com.

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Posted Sep 19, 2013
Dan
Dan
Sep 20, 2013

Right on Laurie. What would an ideal community and location look like for you?

Posted by Dan on Sep 20, 2013
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Tom K.

How cool would THIS be? This is Civic Center!

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Posted Jul 23, 2013
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Tom K.

NYC can have benches-- why not SF?

"...park furniture has the power to stop people in their tracks and have them take a seat. Abigail Hansen, a 24-year-old graduate student who lives on the Upper West Side, set out recently to walk along the Hudson River all the way to Chelsea. But she was sidetracked when she happened upon a group of curvaceous chaise longues made from molded fiberglass in Riverside Park South at West 62nd Street near the river. “When I saw these I decided to stop,” said Ms. Hansen, who was flipping through an Italian fashion magazine. “The surface is nice and smooth and the material doesn’t get too hot.”

www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/nyr...

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Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches

That most prosaic of public furnishings, the New York City park bench has morphed into a blank canvas on which designers, landscape architects and artists have unleashed their fantasies.

www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/nyr...

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Posted Jul 8, 2013
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Tom K.
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Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.

www.theatlanticcities.com/neig...

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Posted Jun 18, 2013
Tyler
Tyler
Jul 6, 2013

This is rad.

Posted by Tyler on Jul 6, 2013
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Tom K.

Interesting piece from last year in the Times:

"All around the city, San Franciscans can be found seated on steps, curbs, retaining walls and on the grass — but not on benches. In a tacit surrender to the overwhelming problem of homelessness, the city has simply removed public seating over the last two decades. Benches in Civic Center Plaza were removed in the 1990s. Those in nearby United Nations Plaza were ripped out in the middle of the night in 2001, to discourage the homeless from congregating and camping there."

www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/...

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Posted Jun 17, 2013
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Marc McCole

I mean, I have no idea how we'd achieve this, but i'm a fan. The Fayes bench is my crack.

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Posted Mar 21, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 17, 2013

Now I need to find the Fayes bench.

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 17, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 17, 2013

Although not quite a bench, this is awesome. www.theatlanticcities.com/neig...

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 17, 2013
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Tom K.

Chair bombing!

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Tyler
Tyler
Jul 6, 2013

What's that?

Posted by Tyler on Jul 6, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 6, 2013

It's an intervention where you randomly add chairs to activate a space. Have a look at this: youtu.be/S7PGzZ3zASE

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 6, 2013
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Meli

Me too, for chair bombing!
I recently read about this kickstarter for construction sites in NY on Wired, SF itself has plenty of construction going on: Softwalks Pilot Project

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Softwalks - The Pilot Project

Softwalks transforms sidewalk sheds into functional public places for everyone to enjoy. This campaign will fund our pilot project.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1...

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Posted Jan 8, 2013
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Aurora Mahassine

beautiful spaces where life is nurtured, encouraged; plants that nourish - that smell and taste good for people and provide food & shelter for birds, bees & butterflies - oh and did i mention water fountains and bathrooms? : )

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