San Francisco’s Central Market
needs your help!
The Central Market District lies at the
very heart of San Francisco – and it needs your help. Over the last few
decades, this neighborhood has suffered from crime, vandalism and empty
storefronts, making it one of the worst neighborhoods in a city renowned for its
Despite its problems, Central Market
still retains its cultural vibrancy and unique character. Business owners,
residents, and city agencies are working to build on the neighborhood's
strengths, and the last of couple of years have seen a surge of new shops,
restaurants, tech offices, and arts organizations calling this area home, and
bringing a new life to the street.
Our team believes that lasting
change is around the corner and that now is the time to make an
investment in the community fabric. In its current form the streetscape
has all of the financial district’s formality, but lacks any indication of that
emerging vibrancy or the natural landscape that the people of San Francisco
Learning from recent micro-park
projects, we propose creating a series of refuges along the sidewalk to provide
pedestrians and tourists an opportunity to rest, a place for community members to meet and
interact, a lunch spot for office workers, a performance area for artists, and the beauty of green space for all.
Our modular design approach is so
simple, it's square! Take a cube and hollow one side. Now arrange the
cubes along the sidewalk in informal groups, some acting as seats and others as
planters. The layout can adapt to the conditions on the ground, while
updating the streetscape to the vibe of this emerging neighborhood. An
installation can be at the scale of a bench or that of a city block.
Perhaps this approach to street furniture can even grow beyond the Central Market
district and be applied from the Castro to the Embarcadero!
The minimum funding level will
allow us to create a pilot installation of 12 pieces, but raising funds beyond
that minimum will allow us to expand the pilot installation, and even create
additional installations in the Central Market area!
Who we are
For the last two years, a group of
designers from HOK has been working pro-bono with the non-profit Central Market
Community Benefit District on projects to enliven the Central Market streetscape,
starting with the creative reuse of the existing newspaper kiosks. This
latest project has developed with input and support from the San
Francisco Arts Commission, the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce
Development, Better Market Street project team, Department of Public Works, and
the non-profits SF Beautiful and Livable City.
have submitted a permit for installation and have the approval of the
International Art Museum of America for the pilot installation to be located
just outside their entry. re:SEAT is slated to debut on October 19th,
2012, as part of Urban Solutions' “2 Blocks of
Art” program. Your contribution goes towards making that (and future
installations) a success!
Where you come in
We believe re:SEAT can
be a significant part of the positive transformation already underway in the Central Market
area, and we can make it a reality with your help. Since this project is completely non-profit (and publicly funded) the
more you contribute to it and spread the word, the greater our chances of
In return, we’ve come up with some really cool hand-crafted gifts – think photo frames, drink coasters and
architectural sketches. We think the coolest though is a seat of your own!