Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

URBAN PROTOTYPING: SAN FRANCISCO is a design and technology festival that will fund and support teams creating replicable digital and physical urban interventions that explore new possibilities in public space. Every project produced will be open source, publicly documented, and replicable in any city in the world.

San Francisco is flush with innovation and imagination. But like most cities, there are significant and time-consuming hurdles to innovating in the public realm. Permits, hearings, fees and other requirements may dampen the enthusiasm of even the most stalwart and dedicated cultural producers. Urban Prototyping promotes alternative and complementary opportunities to this process by testing ideas and solutions for city life through rapid, inexpensive and temporary prototyping projects. This process invites creative solutions to a variety of unmet social needs and enhances the experience of comfort, inspiration and fun in the public realm.

The festival has three main components:


UP: SF is taking applications and curating long-term projects, developed for several months, which will be displayed at the UP: SF street exhibition. Teams will receive a stipend to create projects which combine digital and physical elements, are open-source and documented, and are replicable and affordable. Do you see the public realm as a canvas? Do you have a design or technology project that could transform the way people experience the city? Apply today!


From September 28-30, 2012, we will host a weekend of rapidly prototyping new urban interventions. Teams will have two full days to conceive and execute an idea, using digital and physical tools to improve urban space. You’ll get a materials stipend, and select teams will be showcased on the street at the UP: San Francisco Exposition. The Makeathon is open to anyone, but space is limited. Apply today!


For two days in October, two blocks of downtown San Francisco will become a living laboratory of urban experiments. The exposition will demonstrate the full capability of citizens to reimagine public space, and will attract thousands of attendees, locals and visitors alike. Projects from the Open Call and the Urban Makeathon will be on display and tested out in the open. Learn more, and plan your visit.

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