Market Street Prototyping Festival

How can we make Market Street a more connected and vibrant place?

Progress
The Legacy
For over 150 years, Market Street has been the internationally-renowned main artery of San Francisco. But a street as wide and busy as Market Street can often disconnect neighboring communities and residents. These challenges lead us to ask the question:

Can we, as a community known for creativity and innovation, bring our own voice to urban design and redefine how we engage and connect with each other over this miles-long stretch of iconic public space?

The Festival
From April 9th - 11th, Market Street from Embarcedero to Van Ness will be transformed into a public platform, showcasing exciting ideas for improving our famed civic spine and how we use it. Winning entries, as diverse and exciting as the people of San Francisco themselves, will be brought to life for three days along Market Street’s sidewalks, where millions of pedestrians from all walks of life will have the chance to experience, explore, and interact with the prototypes.

The Goal
The goal of the Prototyping Festival is to unite diverse neighborhoods along Market Street, encouraging these vibrant communities to work with designers, artist and makers to build a more connected, beautiful San Francisco. This unique collaboration is a partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Knight Foundation. We invite you to push the limits of your creativity and help support the 50 groundbreaking projects here. These winning projects will be given the funding, workspace, and mentorship necessary to make their visions a reality.

Community Feedback
Your feedback is important for designers to understand what works and what doesn't work with their projects. "Me too" projects that you support, add your insights, and get involved with the festival as a volunteer. We are looking for all types of skill sets to support this project from beginning to end. If you are a graphic designer, fabricator, logistical mastermind, environmental advocate, or any other type of ardent supporter of projects at this scale, we invite you to join us today.

Contact Us
Help us further the conversation at: info@marketstreetprototyping.org
Learn more about the festival here: http://marketstreetprototyping.org

Recent Activity

Market Street Prototyping Festival 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:00am - 7pm
Market Street, from Embarcedero to 7th Street

The countdown to MSPF 2016 has begun! Our prototypers have been working for months to bring their ideas to life and the excitement is mounting. We can’t wait for Market Street to come alive with innovative, creative, and forward-thinking projects designed with and for the community! Mark your calendars and plan on visiting Market St from 7th Street to the Embarcadero – we can’t wait to hear what you think!

If you're interested in volunteering, sign up here - docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI...

Who Went?

Steve Pepple
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MSPF 2016 Open House
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:00pm - 5pm
The Strand Theater, 1127 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Join us at the Market Street Prototyping Festival’s Open House and preview 40 concepts – 30 that will debut during this year’s 3-day festival plus 10 projects from last year that will continue on for a 2-year stay – and offer feedback to our teams! This event brings together MSPF prototypers with community members, residents, and merchants to share their most recent prototype designs, models, and project iterations with the Market Street community. We believe it is important that all those who are passionate about our city can engage in the civic process and provide hands-on contributions to solving our community’s biggest challenges through collaboration and experimentation in order to make Market Street a more vibrant, connected destination that brings together different people, communities, and neighborhoods.

Who Went?

Daphne Magnawa
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Scott Watkins

Chime is currently installed in King Plaza in front of Palo Alto's City Hall. Check out this great article from Palo Alto Online!
www.paloaltoonline.com/news/20...

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'Chime' to ring some changes

If you stand in Palo Alto's King Plaza on a blustery day, you may hear a wind chime, playing a ghostly melody on the breeze. Meet "Chime": the city's newest interactive piece of public art.

www.paloaltoonline.com/news/20...

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Posted Jun 2, 2016
Dan
Dan
Jun 2, 2016

So cool Scott, thanks for the update!

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Scott Watkins

In case you missed the Mills College Quarterly article about the development of Chime.
issuu.com/millsquarterly/docs/...

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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Learn more about the outcomes of the Market Street Prototyping Festival here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p5fJX...

Prototyping Festival Breaths New Life into SF’s Urban Corridor | KQED Arts

For three days last April a bit of magic happened on Market Street. This video brings you inside the Market Street Prototyping Festival where even the most t...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p5fJX...

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Posted Apr 16, 2016
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Dan

"In regards to the news rack pedestals removed from Market Street, Public Works and Clear Channel are working on a citywide news rack pedestal consolidation project. The intention of this project is to remove and reduce vacant pedestal boxes to reduce sidewalk clutter and improve the appearance of San Francisco streetscapes. The project has an estimated completion date of 5/28/16."

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60 News Racks Being Removed To Reduce Sidewalk Clutter | Hoodline

SF Public Works and Clear Channel Communication are removing 60 pedestal news racks and replacing some with smaller versions to improve the city's streetscapes.

hoodline.com/2016/04/60-news-r...

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Posted Apr 7, 2016
Ruby Chen
Ruby Chen
Apr 8, 2016

Dan, thanks for sharing this news! I thought they would never remove them due to the 20-year contract. This is probably a better solution for the streetscape, noticing more and more news racks are broken and unsanitary. While I was installing the project around midnight, I was terrified of how some people treated the news rack... It's just required too many resources to maintain the infrastructure.

A while ago I went to a talk by the creators of LinkNYC - a new structure (with touch screen providing free wifi) to replace old telephone booths. www.link.nyc/ They have done a lot of interviews and testing to make sure it fits the need and is intuitive to use. I'm really interested in seeing the long term outcome. Like all the public art installations, it's really important to know how to make the object "bullet-proof" and also fit in the space, taking account of the big picture of the environment like weather, people, policy (politics maybe?) - this is probably what I learned the most, and fortunate enough to experiment a little while lacking knowledge and experience.

Posted by Ruby Chen on Apr 8, 2016
Dan
Dan
Apr 8, 2016

Right on Ruby ... sometimes less is more, and creating more public space on our sidewalks is a great idea. Any object that takes up space on the sidewalks has to be rigorously evaluated as we have so little public space! I've been following LinkNYC as well as it's one of Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet/Google) first big investments.

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Dan

Hey Ruby ... what if we used some of the newsbins for a city-wide Little Free Library? littlefreelibrary.org/wp-conte...

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Ruby Chen
Ruby Chen
Apr 8, 2016

I have been thinking about replying to you but I don't know why I wait until now!! Haha
I've seen the "actual" little free library in the bird house style, but this is cool too and have the same sharing spirit!
littlefreelibrary.org/

I've also seen this post before I did the project: www.docpop.org/2012/08/san-fra...
Wondering why they didn't continue...

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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.
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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.

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Posted Mar 2, 2016
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Andrea Benfer Lloyd

Though removing trash cans is counter-intuitive, cities across the nation have adopted the philosophy that fewer trash cans leads to less trash. I'm not sure it's working in the Mission. I still find bags of empty beer cans and discarded food packaging.

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