Fall 2013

Active Urbanism

Working with SF Jazz, Active Urbanism worked with the local community to develop bottom-up activation of Hayes Valley’s alleyways.

The seminar partnered with SF Jazz to work on proposals for an urban intervention on Linden Alley as part of the San Francisco Planning Department’s Living Alleys project. This new two-year city initiative was developed in conjunction with the Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan, and aims to provide tools to the community for the bottom-up activation of Hayes Valley’s alleyways through Public Private Partnerships. It constitutes a new test case for the integration of bottom-up and top-down efforts. The long-term goal for the SF Planning Department is to create similar programs for other areas of San Francisco. Students actively participated in putting forward a specific proposal for tactical and permanent urban interventions that have the potential to be realized as part of the first prototypes that San Francisco Planning approved for realization.

The project resulted in 4 different proposals that included a phased deployment of short-term and long-term interventions for Linden Alley. Each project aimed to provide better links with the rest of the Hayes Valley alleyway network while reinterpreting the alley’s potential as an urban event space. In addition to phasing, the proposals included recommendations for potential collaborations between local organizations to support and structure both interventions and urban events.

SF Planning submitted the proposals to the Planning Department. As a result of the seminar’s work, this part of Linden Alley was selected as one of three prototypes supported by the Planning Department.

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DeWonna and I

“DeWonna and I” offered a platform for Harrison residents to speak about the adversity people with drug and alcohol dependency experience. It brought awareness to perspectives that are normally invisible in the broader society.

Project Description:

Dominique Seward received a Center Micro–Grant to direct her short documentary film “DeWonna and I.” Inspired by her experiences at the Harrison Hotel, a residence for the formerly homeless, Dominique shared details of the therapeutic arts program through the story of two residents. “DeWonna and I” offered a platform for Harrison residents to speak about the adversity people with drug and alcohol dependency experience. It brought awareness to perspectives that are normally invisible in the broader society. Dominique created a more personal piece about the Harrison Hotel residents through filming her portrait of DeWonna.

Project Outcome:

The process of filming “DeWonna and I” had a deep impact on both Dominique and DeWonna. Since filming, DeWonna has moved out of the Harrison Hotel and into a place of her own. She has kept in touch with Dominique, and shared that filming the documentary changed her life in a positive way. DeWonna also shared that she has stopped smoking cigarettes and has begun to value her life more overall.  

Dominique’s experience with “DeWonna and I” inspired further projects, including a documentary entitled “The Truth about Huntington’s.” After filming “DeWonna and I” and “The Truth about Huntington’s”, Dominique knew she wanted to use her craft for social empowerment by giving people a voice through cinema. She was recently accepted into the Creative Mind Filmmakers Institute for Cannes 2015. As part of the institute, she will write, shoot, and screen a film for juried competition.

 

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WheelWell

The design team envisioned “Bipool,” a bicycle program that would improve cyclist safety by increasing bicyclist visibility through commuting groups and planned routes.

Design Sprint Prompt:

In response to growing safety concerns, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) began the Vision Zero initiative in 2011 to increase roadway safety for its community members. The Vision Zero: Silicon Valley program began as a partnership between SVBC and Stanford Hospital & Clinic’s Trauma Center. Members of these community groups gathered information from public works staff, AAA, cycling clubs, law enforcement, and community members to better understand the issue of cyclist safety in Silicon Valley. Out of this collaboration, the Vision Zero: Silicon Valley program identified a 7-point focus plan to improve safety. Vision Zero created design prompts that focused on outreach campaigns to improve road safety and put the 7-point focus plan into action.

Students were asked:

Team Proposal:

“Bipool”

Xiaofei Liu | Graphic Design

Jingjing Yang | Graphic Design

Qian Mao | Graphic Design

Di Wang | Industrial Design

The design team envisioned “Bipool,” a bicycle program that would improve cyclist safety by increasing bicyclist visibility through commuting groups and planned routes. “Bipool” commuters would use a website and/or smartphone app to identify departure points throughout the community. Each departure point would be highlighted with the “Bipool” logo and would resemble a bus stop, with groups of cyclists embarking to their destinations at set times throughout the day. “Bipool” commutes would also be equipped with volunteer ride leaders. Veteran cyclists would encourage bicycle commuting by keeping the group together at a comfortable pace. “Bipool’s” website and mobile application would not only coordinate departure points, but also track cyclists heading towards their destinations, as well as provide common bike routes to popular locations.

Outcomes:

The “Bipool” design team was awarded $1,500 to develop their design solution and prepare a presentation for jurisdictions in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Youth Programs Coordinator led the first “Bipool” (now called “BikePool”) test ride in March 2015, and meetup/drop-off points are now available via an online map.

The Runners-Up:

In the end, all participating teams were exposed to a swath of valuable opportunities.

Experts:

Chris Waugh | Senior Lead of Health & Wellness @ IDEO + One Medical

Dave Bertini | Police Commander @ City of Menlo Park

Derek Chan | Outreach Manager @ CA Department of Motor Vehicles

Kirsten Keith | Council Member @ City of Menlo Park

Jessica Manzi | Community Development Engineer @ Redwood City

Corinne Winter | Executive Director @ Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Ellen Corman | Supervisor of Community Outreach & Injury Prevention @ Stanford Trauma Center

John Knox-White | Transportation Planner @ SF Municipal Transportation Agency

Cindy Welton | Co-Leader @ SVBC’s Roadway Safety Solutions Team

Beth Thomas | Branch Chief for Pedestrian & Bicycle @ CalTrans District 4

Patt Baenen | Cyclist + Principal @ Scaled-Up Productions

Bill Fallis | Ride Leader @ Pen Velo

Ariadne Scott | Bicycle Program Coordinator @ Stanford University

Shawn Chase | Deputy @ Sheriff’s Office of San Mateo County

Mark Welton | Surgical Oncologist @ Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Matthew Davis | Attorney @ Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Conor Kelly | Attorney @ Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Design Experts:

Will Moran | Senior Creative @ Google

Michael Carabetta | Creative Director @ Chronicle Books

Lucie Richter | Principal @ Lucie Richter Consulting + Senior Lecturer in ID @ CCA

Marc O’Brien | Designer @ Smallify + Designer @ Good SF

Eric Heiman | Principal @ Volume, Inc. + Assistant Professor in GD @ CCA

Josh Levine | Principal @ Great Monday + Senior Lecturer in DMBA @ CCA

Melanie Doherty | Creative Director @ Melanie Doherty Design + Adjunct Professor in GD @ CCA

Ulrika Andersson | Principal @ Rubrika + Adjunct Professor in IxD @ CCA

Katie Barcelona | Principal @ room207 Design + Senior Lecturer in GD @ CCA

Bryan Houlette | Creative Director @ Eleven, Inc.

Jurors:

Dan Cohen | Creative Producer @ Apple + Founder @ Collective Good

Matt Cooke | Head of User Experience @ Iron Creative Communication

Maurice Woods | Founder @ Inneract Project + Co- Founder @ Convozine

Thomas Prehn | Director for Global Strategic Business & Product Innovation @ CatEye

David Oberholtzer | Lead User Experience Designer @ Gensler

Bob Jonsen | Chief of Police @ City of Menlo Park

Corinne Winter | Executive Director @ Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Derek Chan | Outreach Manager @ CA Department of Motor Vehicles

John Knox-White | Transportation Planner @ SF Municipal Transportation Agency

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