Urban Prototyping: Magical Pieces of the Future

Living in San Francisco, I’ve come to appreciate and almost expect my fellow residents’ relentless drive for innovative use of urban spaces, to redefine what it means to live and interact with each other. Caused by an acute awareness of the role our wasteful western habits and a lack of imagination have played in creating uninspiring environments, there’s a be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in the-world DNA in our blood that leads us to embrace alternative ways for sharing space. dig deeper

Liberating Streets: Of bubbles, hobby horses, and tumbling towers

Today Sunday Streets returned to my neighborhood in San Francisco’s Mission District. Sunday Streets is an event organized by the City of San Francisco, MTA, and Livable City that creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities. Or to be more specific, a huge street party for old and young to come out and be human for a dig deeper

When Little People Take Over Big Streets

Yesterday was the kickoff to the 2012 Sunday Streets season in San Francisco, an event that creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities. The opener to what promises to be another glorious season of people-powered streets took place along the Embarcadero, from Mariposa @ 3rd Street at the southern end all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. We’re dig deeper

Oct 252011

Aside from having a great name, these guys really brought the street down yesterday at Sunday Streets. Please Do Not Fight at Sunday Streets October 23, 2011 Runtime1:59 View count86

Pretty awesome vid of local musicians and actual daily life in Jerusalem. If you like images of war, this is not for you. (hat tip to Brett) The creator of this video says he wandered around Jerusalem, met with musicians, and filmed them. That to me sounds like the perfect recipe to start any kind of peace process… Kutiman -Thru Jerusalem Runtime5:20 View count250,836

How Hot Soup is Making the Planet Cooler

by Sven Eberlein For the past three months, my daily walk down the street has been seasoned by a small but quite lovely addition to the neighborhood. Whenever I’d cross the street at Valencia and 21st, a friendly, almost fairy-like voice would ring from around the corner, beckoning me with a cherubic “Hello Sir, would you like to try some soup?” While fate conspired for me to have just eaten or be on the way dig deeper

Another cool catch from Sunday Streets. Love their version of Ring of Fire. These guys were parked on a sidewalk on Valencia Street between 20th and 21st. Featuring some nice crowd shots, including a little girl chasing bubbles. La Familia Peña Govea plays Ring of Fire Runtime3:01 View count333

May 102011

Here’s another great musical discovery from this week’s Sunday Streets. The band’s name is Con Brio (meaning with spirit, or with vigor), and they were the perfectly spirited match for a spirited event. People of all ages and backgrounds in the streets, on wheels and on foot, taking in the groovy, funky and sometimes raunchy sounds. I’d apologize for the sometimes gusty crackles if they didn’t actually match the mood. This song is called Ghostrider, dig deeper

How sitting in windows is making the planet cooler

by Sven Eberlein In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made a call to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. While I understand that this is a well-intentioned challenge to his fellow American citizens to get with it in a quickly changing world economy, I can’t help but wonder whether stepping on the proverbial gas (or electric) pedal and getting busier than we already are is going to dig deeper