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

Asked by Groundplay
Asked by Groundplay
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. 

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Recent Activity

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:

Who Went?

Sean Stevens
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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.

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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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Posted Dec 7, 2015
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