The Studio for Urban Projects, an interdisciplinary design collaborative that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, art and social activism. The Studio’s research-based projects engage in the broad themes of ecology and urbanism and have taken the form of digital media, exhibitions, publications, audio tours, architectural installations and urban interventions. Their projects have been commissioned by Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zero One San Jose, SPUR, the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Most recently, the Studio acted as design captains for the Market Street Prototyping Festival as well as designing the keystone project for the Central Market District entitled Outpost. The Studio is currently working on a book entitled Ground Up: Small Projects for Big Change, (Island Press) which examines the tactical urbanist movement–reflecting on the ways in which the processes, policies and projects that it has pioneered may become powerful tools in addressing climate change adaptation and biodiversity in cities. The Studio for Urban Projects will be Designers in Residence at the Exploratorium in the spring of 2015.
Alison Sant (alisant.net) is an artist, with a background in digital media, architecture, and urban art practice. Her work explores the city as both a site for investigation and intervention and focuses on the intersection of technology, architecture, and ecology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, VIPER Basel, ISEA and the Conflux Festival. Sant teaches at the California College of the Arts and the College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley on the topics of tactical urbanism, community engagement and environmental sustainability. She received her BFA from New York University in the departments of Photography and Interactive Telecommunications and her Masters in Design at the College of Environmental Design University of California Berkeley. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the McColl Center for Visual Art. She is the recipient of grants from the San Francisco Exploratorium and the Creative Work Fund. She has been invited to speak at a variety of symposia including ISEA2006, IDEA2006, the Mobile Digital Commons Network Symposium and VIPERBasel|2004. Her essays have been published in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Intelligent Agent and the Transcultural Mapping Reader. She received her BFA from New York University in the Departments of Photography and Interactive Telecommunications and received her Masters in Design at the College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley.
Richard Johnson (richardjohnsondesign.com) is an architect. He received his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of California Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts for the San Francisco Art Institute. For the past twenty years he has worked on wide variety of design-build projects focusing primarily in the public realm. His research-based practice bridges the fields of art and architecture. Johnson’s projects engage the themes of mobility, technology, ecology, and urbanism to investigate how they permeate and shape our daily environment. Johnson’s projects are defined by program, often proposing unique ways of defining and interacting with public space. His strengths are based on his ability to research, design and build works that are contextual in nature through the understanding of a site’s specific social, cultural, and political history. His recent projects include office and exhibition spaces for Southern Exposure and Post Tool, residential projects in San Francisco and Inverness CA, and exhibition design work for The Exploratorium. Johnson is an Adjunct Faculty Member at California College of the arts.
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