Architecture in the City Festival: Temporary & Experimental Approach to Urbanism Discussion | SF
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Proxy | 432 Octavia Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Thursday, September 26, 2019
2019 Architecture & the City Festival | SF
Join for a discussion at PROXY inviting participants to reflect on the evolution of temporary, experimental urban activation in San Francisco and beyond.
SF Planning Department’s Robin Abad will moderate the conversation with: Douglas Burnham (envelope A+D), Liz Ogbu (Studio O), and Deanna van Buren (Designing Justice + Designing Spaces).
About the Conversation:
When envelope A+D created PROXY in 2011, its temporary, experimental approach to urbanism was almost unprecedented in its form, methodology, and scope. Eight years later, interim use is increasingly accepted as part of a next-generation toolkit for urban planning and development. City agencies, major developers, private clients, and local communities alike have embraced this strategy for activating temporarily vacant, disused, or in-transition spaces that range from small lots to huge urban sites.
This movement has opened new opportunities for architecture and design practices. Yet, in contrast to the familiar process of making buildings, the process of creating place through interim use has no defined rulebook, nor any consensus about what are its fundamental goals. Creating opportunities for meaningful community engagement? Building property values? Iterative design and prototyping? A new public relations channel? Interim use in the Bay Area has served each of these ends. With the first wave of Bay Area interim use projects reaching (or beyond) the end of their lifespans, this panel discussion invites participants to reflect on the evolution of this work in our region.
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