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A Sneak Peek at the Urban Interventions Popping Up on Market Street in 2015

This week, the teams that will participate in the first-ever Market Street Prototyping Festival were selected by the San Francisco Planning Department and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The festival, made possible by a $250,000 donation from the Knight Foundation, will showcase 50 small-scale installations meant to spiff up San Francisco's rapidly changing transit corridor. Winning ideas range from sidewalk gardens and mobile amphitheaters to interactive light installations and something called the "Rainbow Prismatic Experience." The projects will descend on Market Street from April 9 to 11, 2015.

During the event, Market Street's sidewalks will become a laboratory where San Franciscans can test out the diverse range of proposals, and help decide which ones should become permanent. Reactions to the projects presented during the festival will guide city planners in their reimagining of the thoroughfare, which has been dubbed the Better Market Street Initiative. A full list of winning proposals, complete with renderings and descriptions, are this way.


· Market Street Prototyping Festival [Official Site]
· Better Market Street Initiative [Official Site]
· Mapping 40 Major Changes Reshaping the Mid-Market Corridor [Curbed SF]