For the past year, the Market Street Prototyping team (SF Planning Department and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), has done an amazing job to obtain permits, organize design leaders, gain supports and sponsors, as well as coordinate an open design competition to help us (as citizens of San Francisco) better understand how to design for the people. Through a prototype mentality, they have not only look to projects as prototypes, but they are also experimenting on the ways we design our cities. We no longer live in a time where a top-down nolli plan is sufficient – so can we ask architects, game designers, software programmers, fabricators, botanists, etc. to come and propose ideas on how we can better utilize and appreciate San Francisco’s artery – Markey Street?
Market Street has always been the venue to voice, protest for, and celebrate for peace; “27 Steps” reminds us of this journey through Mandela’s 27 years at Robben Island.
Nish Kothari and I are both thrilled to be one of the 30 selected projects for this event! We are one step closer to our 27 steps – a walk through Mandela, a walk of peace. Stay tuned throughout these 27 weeks.
Week 1 (4.1.16) – preparation of the competition submission
Week 27 (10.6 – 10.8.16) – final prototyping festival