by Andrea Fineman, Experience Designer, Adaptive Path
Design Museum SF’s first Story Hour brought together designers, authors, organizers, and policy makers to speak around the concept of Tactical Urbanism. The setting was swissnex San Francisco’s new parklet which welcomes visitors. (Like all San Francisco parklets, it’s open to the public.)
Nathan John’s community engagement project, NOW_HUNTERS POINT, involved outdoor festival days in conjunction with NPR’s StoryCorps.
Nathan John told us about his experience building a giant outdoor slide for a celebration of Hunter’s Point, in San Francisco’s industrial southeast. Ray Boyle spoke about her experience bringing a block party to one of Portland’s busiest bridges.
Ben Davis told his story in bringing the Bay Lights project from idea to reality (it’ll be back on in January) while Benjamin Grant talked about the history of permanence and impermanence in cities. And finally, Andri Bryner, Swissnex’s scientist-in-residence, spoke on his efforts to create a better toilet for developing countries as part of a Gates Foundation initiative.
Benjamin Grant of SPUR ends the night with his take on permanence and impermanence in cities. Behind Grant is an aerial photo of Florence, a city founded (like many Italian cities, according to Grant) on a temporary military installation.
Special thanks to swissnex San Francisco for an excellent collaboration as well as to our volunteers and attendees. You can see more photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Andrea Fineman is an experience designer at Adaptive Path and a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s master’s program in interaction design.