David Baker Architects

Market Street Prototyping Festival: April 9-11, 2015


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Join DBA out on San Francisco's historic Market Street on April 9-11.

 

MARKET STREET PROTOTYPING FESTIVAL For three days in April, Market Street will become a public platform as 50 exceptional ideas for improving San Francisco's main thoroughfare come to life.

DBA responded to the call for entries with peepSHOW, a series of viewing and storytelling stations designed to highlight the unique and the unseen.  

As one of 50 teams selected from more than 200 entries designed to delight and invigorate Market Street, peepSHOW now moves on to the next round. The team has been given a district (Central Market), a Design Captain (Studio for Urban Projects), and a stipend to build out a few peepSHOW stations, which we will do at DBA Workshop and TechShop.

 

Okay, we'll say it ourselves. peepSHOW rocked the Market Street Prototyping Festival during the weekend of April 9-11.

Over the course of the three-day festival, peepSHOW revealed itself to be an object of intrigue and beauty, a catalyst for cooperation and conversation, a place to pause and ponder, a cultural cross-section-izer, a giant selfie machine—and more.

peepSHOW is disassembled and resting comfortably after its intensively interactive weekend. Keep an eye on this space for more thoughts and images from the field. 

The <strong>peepSHOW</strong> has evolved into a larger scale, more immersive object than the original proposal.</p>

Representatives from DBA's Market Street Prototyping Team at one of the Festival's design events.

STATUS UPDATE: We're finalizing the form, prototyping and testing materials, and designing joints. The team is trained and geared up to start fabrication on the CNC router at Techshop; we're anticipating a heady schedule for production and can't wait to install!

peepSHOW stations will come in a variety of configurations, some suited to peeping alone and some for peeping together.

Give peepSHOW at "Me Too!" on Neighborland to show your support.

Here's the initial peepSHOW proposal, which includes much of the brainstorming and design process.

 

Market Street is the city’s major artery, cutting diagonally through the center of the city and hosting a wide variety of people, uses, functions, habitats, transportation systems, infrastructures, buildings, cultural activities, and sitelines. With this richness and diversity comes chaos, followed by navigational challenges, and so Market Street is often used as a route from one destination to another rather than a destination itself.

 

All good brainstorming sessions start with Post-Its.

Urban spaces are made rich by their myriad components, but this very complexity can overwhelm. By filtering out all but one aspect or moment in the cityscape, a clear piece of the city can emerge from the blur. By experiencing a series of isolated and enhanced moments, one can begin to know Market Street and its value and vibrancy within the city.

There's no end to the peeps you can peep on Market Street, one of the richest roads in the city.

peepSHOW is a series of viewing stations that focus the gaze and thoughts of a passersby onto curated obscure or concealed scenes on Market Street. These framed viewpoints are accompanied by an audio or visual story—a purposely hyperbolic tale, urban myth or altered image, for example—that creates a moment for the user to contemplate his or her surroundings and acts to spur discussion and create shared experience. peepSHOW builds on the notion of a nature-lover’s viewing station or scenic (birdwatching, scenic overlooks) but centers this in an active, dense city context, allowing for the contemplation of the urban environment.

Creating frames around selected images cuts out the visual clutter and allows you to see clearly.

For the prototyping festival, we will test several scales and types of viewers, ranging from “peep alone” models to “peep together” pieces. The viewers will occupy the 12x12 testing space and will be laid out to maximize interaction and allow spaces for spontaneous conversations or shared glimpses of building details, indigenous urban life, underlying transport networks, walking surfaces, excavated and unearthed or hidden views. Views may be naturally occurring or devised. peepSHOW aims to create a vibrant, social gathering space at a transitional corner of Market Street searching for a new identity.

peepSHOW stations point out views, but they also bring awareness to your body in space and your relationship to those around you.

peepSHOW was conceived of through our own personal connections with the intersection of 7th and Market. To expand on our own preconceptions, we walked and watched the area, conducting interviews and and observing interactions between businesses, travelers, and the people who reside in this district. This research led us to look for a way to document, activate, and embellish the details of the curiosity, tumult, and change that define the Civic Center District.

To peep you have to find the peeper: peepSHOW considers traffic, transit, crowds, and views.

We talked with all the merchants and a wide range of pedestrians along our selected stretch of Market Street to find out what they want and think.

Click here to learn more about the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

The Festival has 5 districts along Market Street. peepSHOW will be installed in the Central Market District.

The peepSHOW has evolved into a larger scale, more immersive object than the original proposal.

Representatives from DBA's Market Street Prototyping Team at one of the Festival's design events.

All good brainstorming sessions start with Post-Its.

We talked with all the merchants and a wide range of pedestrians along our selected stretch of Market Street to find out what they want and think.

There's no end to the peeps you can peep on Market Street, one of the richest roads in the city.

Creating frames around selected images cuts out the visual clutter and allows you to see clearly.

To peep you have to find the peeper: peepSHOW considers traffic, transit, crowds, and views.

peepSHOW stations point out views, but they also bring awareness to your body in space and your relationship to those around you.

The Festival has 5 districts along Market Street. peepSHOW will be installed in the Central Market District.

peepSHOW stations will come in a variety of configurations, some suited to peeping alone and some for peeping together.