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San Diego's East Village is primed for an urban intervention. RAD LAB makes it possible for all to enjoy the outdoors downtown.
San Diego's East Village is primed for an urban intervention. RAD LAB makes it possible for all to enjoy the outdoors downtown.
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Envisioned with a lifespan of two to three years, RAD LAB embraces the vast diversity of San Diego and encourages the rotation of new ideas and businesses including retail spaces inside retrofitted shipping containers. A large amount of outdoor activity space will be available that can be used for everyday gatherings of large public and private events. We look forward to offering a movie screen and dramatic concert space with the city skyline backdrop, a dog run, consistent farmers markets, movable furniture and green space underneath a unique canopy system. We will include a multi-use bar and kitchenette for catering and events, art installations that create an exciting urban environment and the continuous rotation of food trucks. All in the heart of downtown San Diego.

The site as it currently stands.
The site as it currently stands.
Conceptual Master Plan
Conceptual Master Plan
The RAD LAB - Conceptual Vision (RENDERING)
The RAD LAB - Conceptual Vision (RENDERING)

The RAD LAB is located at 1102 Market Street, on the corner of Park Boulevard and Market Street. The project rests at the edge of downtown San Diego's dynamic Gaslamp quarter and lies in the up and coming trendy East Village District.

Downtown San Diego offers the perfect balance of Live, Work, and Play by offering easy access by car, train, foot, bike, trolley, and air. Downtown San Diego is a diverse, vibrant community with nearly 35,000 residents, 75,000 workers, and millions of year-round visitors. East Village is downtown San Diego’s largest and fastest growing neighborhood. Some of the most notable surrounding attractions include: Petco Park and the San Diego Padres, the new Central Library, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and NewSchool of Architecture + Design. 

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Currently in downtown San Diego there is no place like the RAD LAB. No location can offer the outdoor experience, the venue, and the multitude of amenities. Our goal is not to compete with local businesses, but enhance the overall offerings of downtown, specifically East Village. Our project is unique and superior because it offers a place to socialize, interact, learn, and take part in change. Our competitive advantage comes through in the partnerships and relationships that we have forged with the local community. We anticipate a drastic influx in new residential population growth within the surrounding four blocks based on current construction trends, and the RAD LAB will provide new opportunities for the local residents and businesses to expand and interact with each other.

 

The RAD LAB movement has already started; to date this is where we stand:

  • The lease for the land is being written.
  • The application for the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is almost completed.
  • Civil & Structural Engineering in progress.
  • Construction documents are almost completed.
  • Site analysis and container designs have been completed.

The money you are donating will be used to pay for initial expenses as well as activating the dog run. Initial expenses include:

  • City Fees
  • Conditional Use Permit
  • Installation of Water, Electrical, & Sewer Lines
  • Improve & Repair Existing Asphalt
  • Installation of Antimicrobial Astro Turf 

If we are able to exceed our goal all additional funds will be used to retrofit shipping containers and improve the overall vision of the RAD LAB. 

RAD LAB was formed by four entrepreneurial graduate students at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. Philip Auchettl, David Loewenstein, Jason Grauten, and Adam Jubela lead the executive team. The team members recently graduated at the top of their class earning recognition of suma cum laude and cum laude. Over the past few years the group has worked on projects with renowned architecture firms such as: Estudio Teddy Cruz, Foundation For Form, and Lionakis.

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In addition to donating you can also help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, around the dinner table, and by emailing your closest friends, co-workers, and family. Don't be afraid to tell your neighbor, tell your dog, and tell a stranger. Every bit helps and each person can make a difference. 

The RAD LAB team would like to thank the entire Kickstarter community and all of our friends, family, and business associates for making this dream a reality. Without your help and belief in the RAD LAB and East Village (San Diego) none of this would be possible. 

A Special Thanks to:

NewSchool of Architecture + Design

R&S Tavares 

The City of San Diego  

Andrea Gal & Michael Poage 

Risks and challenges

The greatest risks associated with our project today is the duration of our lease, the time to get through the planning department, and raising initial capital.

We feel we can overcome these risks because of our planning, public outreach, and the undeniable opportunity in this location. Our most valuable recognized opportunities include site location, availability for public and private events, and the potential opportunity to hold live music concerts.

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    Sit down/video conference with the talented RAD LAB team and share your thoughts and receive a Two Hour - Graphics / Design Consultation

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    You will receive a custom puppy paw plaque named after your special little friend located inside the dog run.

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    Enjoy the wonderful San Diego weather with surfing lessons for two, with our very own surfing expert Jason.

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    Celebrate with your special friend by Inviting your dog and your dogs friends, to be part of a private party held exclusively in our gated dog run. Please enjoy for up to 4 hours.

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    Become part of the RAD LAB family and the Dog Run will feature your name or business on a large (4'x6') sign. Each sign will remain inside the dog run for as long as the project is in existence.

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