' Kuth Ranieri Architects’ pavilion made out of cardboard Sonotubes (prefabricated tubular formwork for casting concrete), created for this year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco, has earned the firm a People’s Choice award. Designed and built alongside three dozen other installations, the pavilion—dubbed SonoGROTTO—is made out of a bundle of cardboard Sonotubes varying between 6, 10, and 24 inches in width that are bolted together and carved into a sheltered seating area. Overall, the pavilion’s proportions are equal to those of a cube, with circular sections carved out from the overall mass. Certain Sonotubes extend all the way to the ground and support the structure while others are sliced up along curving profiles, creating the benches, thresholds, and openings that animate the pavilion. The pavilion, designed to be located on an active street, creates what the designers dub as an urban “grotto,” containing areas sheltered by a vaulted ceiling punctured by an oculus that offers views to the sky. In a press release explaining the project, the architects state, “Porous enough to retain a strong connection with its surroundings, yet enclosed enough to provide a safe haven, SonoGROTTO allows people to explore and rest simultaneously. SonoGROTTO offers a space for reflection, refuge, and a myriad of alternate uses for all ages.” The festival was sponsored by the San Francisco Department of City Planning and Yerba Buena Center for the Art. It's also the by-product of extensive community outreach by the department aimed at uncovering new, innovative ideas for enhancing the quality of life along Market Street in downtown San Francisco. As such, the festival organizers sought to engage at the community level through a design-oriented street festival. The three-day festival brought thousands out onto the Market Street corridor along three areas spanning from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on one end to the Embarcadero on the other to display a myriad of pavilion ideas that spanned in concept from architectural follies and performance-oriented displays to even, a miniature forest. For more information on the other pavilions, see the festival website.
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In 2018, San Francisco plans to give Market Street a serious facelift. But first the city wanted a way to gather community input and include citizens in the design process. This was the beginning of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, which in April will unveil the work of 50 design teams up and down Market's sidewalks. The 50 teams were selected from more than 200 submissions by a jury made up of experts from local design firms, community organizations, technology companies, and government. The festival will bring artists, designers, architects, and makers into the communities that crisscross Market Street, putting their prototypes on public display for three days. “We believe in public spaces that are about the ideas and aspirations of the public themselves, not about us telling them what they should be aspiring to,” said Neil Hrushowy, manager of the City Design Group for the San Francisco Planning Department in a promo film from the festival’s website. The festival is the result of a partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Knight Foundation. “What we’ve learned is that when we step back and allow the creative genius that’s here in San Francisco to merge with the community, the people who know Market Street the best, that’s when we have design ideas and solutions that create a sense of identity, a connection that really resonates with people, said Hrushowy. In October each of the winning projects received a $2,000 grant to help them get to the next phase of development and implementation. The funding will support design teams as they work to refine, fabricate and install their designs in “street life zones” within five “Festival Districts” along Market Street. Projects range from simple signage to high-tech installations. One project, Habit(At), by Russian Hill resident Dan Sullivan, proposes a network of mesh “safety nets” slung under trees along Market Street. The nets would catch the thousands of Western Swallowtail caterpillars that usually meet an untimely demise under the feet of commuters, enabling them to make it to the butterfly stage. Another, Common Ground, by Stanford-based Cloud Arch Studio, proposes an interactive pavilion made up of a grid of seating, landscape and pavement elements, all connected to an “unexpected” series of water features. The project is conceived as a “game” in which the water features are triggered when corresponding seating and pavement grids are occupied. Each district is being overseen by “Design Captains” from local companies and institutions like the Exploratorium, Studio for Urban Projects, Gehl Architects, California College of the Arts, and Autodesk. The captains will help shepherd the projects assigned to their districts through development, fabrication, and installation. To ensure that ideas from local communities are incorporated into designs, teams will also be participating in public forums. “We can’t make things behind closed doors or have a few people thinking about problems and challenges that affect so many hundreds of thousands of people,” said Deborah Cullinan, executive director for the Yerba Buena Center. Designers will collect feedback about their designs after installation, and at the end of the festival the city plans to take the best ideas, refine and incubate them, and make them a part of the new Market Street in 2018.