Studio for Urban Projects
917 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: 415.865.9500
web site:

Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is an art and design practice that seeks to advance civic engagement and further public dialogue. Our inter-disciplinary and research-based projects aim to provoke change by re-framing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the built environment. Engaging the broad themes of ecology and urbanism, our projects have taken the form of audio tours, interactive websites, exhibitions, and architectural environments. Through these projects we reflect upon the cultural dynamics that shape our urban landscapes. We convert our studio space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood to a public venue for the staging of workshops, talks, film screenings and meals that foster civic dialog.

Alison Sant, Co-Founder and Partner
MA Design, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture, Visual Studies Program (2004)
BFA, New York University, TISCH School of the Arts (1993)
Teaching Experience: Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley CED; Senior Lecturer, CCA; Visiting Faculty, SFAI; Visiting Artist in Advanced Electronic Arts, Mills College

Alison Sant ( 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 has taught classes that blend urban art practice, ecology, and new media at the California College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College. Sant 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. Sant is a curator and board member of Southern Exposure and a member of the Art Program Oversight committee for the San Jose Airport.

Richard Johnson, Co-Founder and Partner
MArch UC Berkeley, CED, Department of Architecture (2005)
BFA, San Francisco Arts Institute (1994)
Teaching Experience: Guest Lecturer, CCA

Richard Johnson ( is a designer. 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.

Current Projects

Field Lab
As Designers-In-Residence at the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory, the Studio for Urban Projects is working to develop a Field Lab that helps the general public to better understand methods of climate change adaptation. The lab will profile projects around the San Francisco Bay that aim to make the region more resilient to climate change and focus on ways of bringing these experiments to the museum through exhibitions and events. The facility will be designed to engage Exploratorium visitors in hands-on activities, helping to connect their immediate experiences with the broader context of urban resilience.

Living Shorelines
Working with scientiests from the Romberg Tiburon Center, the Studio for Urban Projects is creating a series of modular and easilydeployable “architectures” to attract native oysters and cultivate eelgrass. These forms are meant to replace heavy “reef ball” systems that require cranes to install and make many sites in the bay innaccessible for pilots. These expermiental structures will be prototyped in the San Francisco Bay through the ongoing Living Shorelines Project and aim to create buffers to storm surges and rising tides while helping to restore biodiversity.

Ground Up
The forthcoming book Ground Up: Using Tactical Urbanism to Create Resilient Cities, published by Island Press examines the urban prototypingmovement in San Francisco, linking it to the history of grass roots activism in the region. Ground Up asks us to think about ways in which the processes, policies and projects that have been pioneered in the Bay Area may become powerful tools in addressing climate change adaption and biodiversity in cities. Interwoven throughout the book are design ideas, precedents and essays looking at how small interventions may be scaled up to engender substantial change.

Outpost is a project combining prefabricated architecture and public programming that aims to provoke new ways of envisioning and inhabiting our urban environment. Conceived of as temporary street pavilion system tailored to support community engagement; it is designed to be easily installed, iterated, dismantled, and replicated. The project draws its name from the tradition of outposts as frontiers for new settlements, outliers of established culture, and commissaries for the needs of an emerging community; and brings these functions to our city streets. Key to the project is its approach to community engagement. Outpost is a full-scale pilot of potential street improvements from infrastructure to programming. It provides the public an experience of these changes in advance of their longer term adoption and becomes a critical step in learning what works and what does not. It also provides the opportunity for the public to participate in the planning process by giving feedback that will shape the future of the street. From re-imagining transit corridors, to planning our shorelines, Outpost has been a critical venue for public engagement. Outpost was originally created in April 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival– an event, created by the San Francisco Planning Department in collaboration with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, to “open source” the re-design of San Francisco’s civic spine in advance of its permanent remaking.

Linda Living Alley
The Linda Living Alley Project is an opportunity to create a model shared street in the heart of the Mission district. The project proposes to turn a dead end street into a thriving green space that recognizes the alley’s relationship to the areas historic waterways and provides natural wastewater systems including permeable paving, bioswales, and sidewalk gardens to help create stormwater resilience in this low-lying area. In addition, the project will provide living streets amenities offering opportunities for neighborhood gathering, gardening, and play paired with traffic-calming measures to create a common space that may be safely shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed motor vehicles. The project takes advantage of the unique physical site of the 100 block of Linda Street which sits adjacent to a neighborhood park in the heart of the Mission. It transforms a sub-standard and non-accessible sidewalk into a enlivened green space. In addition, it supports the inititative of a unique group of motivated neighbors, the Linda Street Gardeners, who see this as a first step in transforming their block.

Streetscape Kit of Parts
In collaboration with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the SFMTA; the Studio is developing a Streetscape Kit of Parts that is a quickly deployable and highly customizable set of street furniture allowing for the city to experiment with a variety of ways of prototyping new street infrastructure. The kit includes: temporary bike lanes, parklets, street furniture, graphics, and public programming. The project aims to
expand the community process shaping our streets, inviting the public to participate in full scale mock ups of new street designs.

Exhibitions/Public Art Installations

An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park,“Platforms: Augmented Histories of Space,” CCA, San Francisco, CA
Outpost, Market Street Prototyping Festival Showcase
Outpost, Market Street Prototyping Festival
Ground Up: Small Projects for Big Change, Headland Center for the Arts, Marin, CA.
Reclaim Market Street!, SPUR, San Francisco, CA
Cardboard Cafe, Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA
Public Orchard, O1SJ Biennial Build Your Own World, San Jose, CA
Field Notes: Observing Lake Union, City of Seattle: Cheshiahud Loop Trail New Media Artwork, Seattle, WA
Strange Weather, Feedback, Eyebeam, New York
An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park, Bay Area Now 5, Ground Scores: Guided Tours of San Francisco Past and Personal,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
In Popular Terms, MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park, Open Skies, COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Proximity, Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Trace, ISEA2006/ZeroOne International Symposium of Electronic Art, San Jose, CA
Trace, Conflux Festival, New York, NY
DIFF(_), Art Along the Avenue Temporary Public Art Program, Emeryville, CA
Section, UbiComp: Metropolis and Urban Life, Tokyo, Japan
Trace, VIPER Basel | 2004: International Festival for Film Video and New Media in Basel, Switzerland
Trace, Urban Atmospheres, RX Gallery San Francisco, CA
DIFF(_), Beyond Media Exhibition: Intimacy Florence, Italy
DIFF(_), Vertigo, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Lux, Shadowbox, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Field Conditions, Open House, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
22×17, Turning Point: South 2000, Joie Lassiter Gallery, Charlotte, NC
22×17, Residents: 1999/2000, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
SITE, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Territory, Urban Renewal Laboratory, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Single Room Occupancy, Interface: Art + Tech in the Bay Area, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Single Room Occupancy, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Cento: A Market Street Journal, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Writing/Published Work

Ground Up: Small Projects for Big Change, Island Press (forthcoming)
Reclaim Market Street!, SPUR
Public Orchard, O1SJ Biennial
Field Notes: Observing Lake Union, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Alison Sant,”Redefining the Basemap” in Ed. Christiane Paul and Patrick Lichty Intelligent Agent, vol. 06 no. 02 (2006).Alison Sant, “TRACE: Mapping the Emerging Urban Landscape” in Ed. Drew Hemmet, Leonardo Electronic Almanac: Locative Media, vol 14 issue 3 (2006).
Alison Sant + Elizabeth Goodman “SITESpecific” in ed. Nisar Keshvani, Leonardo Electronic Almanac: Locative Media,
vol 14, issue 3 (2006).
Alison Sant, “Redefining the Basemap” in ed. Marc Tuters + Rasa Smite, Acoustic Space: Trans Cultural Mapping (Riga: The Center for New Media Culture RICX, 2004) p. 153-56. Also available online at
Susan Schwartzenburg, Alison Sant + Amy Snyder, Cento: A Market Street Journal (San Francisco: San Francisco Art Commission, 1996).

Panelist, International Urban Parks Conference: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities Plenary Session: Innovation and Design, San Francisco, CA
Artist Talk, Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
SPUR, Talk (San Francisco, CA)

Panelist, AIA, “Market Street-Scapes: Transportation, Architecture, and City Planning”(San Francisco, CA)
Speaker, SPUR, “Innovation, Urban Prototyping and You,” Talk (San Francisco, CA)

Speaker, Bike to Work Day Mayors Press Conference City Hall  (San Francisco, CA)

Guest Lecture, California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA)

Artist Talk, SPUR, “Reclaim Market Street!” (San Francisco, CA)

Artist Talk, Eyebeam, “Strange Weather” New York, NY

Artist Talk, Berkeley Art Museum, “In Popular Terms: The Evolving Language of Ecology” (Berkeley, California)
Moderator, Southern Exposure Gallery San Francisco “Garden Talks” (San Francisco, CA)
Moderator, San Francisco “Urban Tactics: Artists Interventions in Public Space” Southern Exposure Off-Site Symposium,
De Young Museum  (San Francisco, CA)

Panelist Interactive City Theme ISEA2006/ZeroOne San Jose
Guest Lecturer, San Francisco Art Institute

Studio Programs/Events

“Green Infrastructure of Washington DC” A walking tour with Island Press authors Eric Sanderson and Robert Macdonald exploring green infrastructure from street bioswales and green roofs to urban parks along the Potomac River. (April 13)

“Climate Smart Cities: A salon with Jad Daley the Director of the Climate Conservation Program at the Trust for Public Land. Moderated by Alison Sant. (March 2)
“Outpost: Broomtrade” A performance by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney” (April 9)
“Outpost: Tactical Urbanism” A bike tour and discussion with Mike Lydon, the author of Tactical Urbanism: Short Term Action for Long Term Change; Neil Hrushowy, the acting Manager of the City Design Group in the San Francisco Planning Department; and John Bela, an Associate at Gehl Studio. Followed by a talk by Mike Lydon (April 9)
“Outpost: Planting Workshop” With Amber Hasselbring of Nature and the City” (April 10)
“Outpost: The Landscape of Market Street” A walking tour with Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco (April 10)
“Outpost: Kino Kiosk” A film screening with Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program”(April 10)
“Outpost: BioBlitz” Market Street Birding with Nerds for Nature and the California Academy of Sciences. (April 11)
“Outpost: Create with Nature Zone” A nature playground hosted with the Children in Nature Collaborative” (April 11)
“Outpost: Pilots on Market Street” A bike tour with Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition” (April 11)
“Outpost: Tigers on Market” A naturalist talk with Amber Hasselbring of Nature and the City” (April 11)
“Gehl Architects Bicycle Tour: San Francsico” A bicycle tour connecting themes of urban biodiversity, active transportation, placemaking, and climate change from Market Street to the Embarcadero and Chrissie Field. With Gillian Gillette, Director of Transportation Policy City and County of San Francisco; Simon Bertrang, Planner SF Public Works; Chris Carlsson, Co-Director Shaping San Francisco; Neil Hrushowy, Manager SF Planning City Design Group; Robin Abbad, Urban Designer and Planner SF Planning City Design Group; Amber Hasselbring, Director Nature in the City; Susan Schwartzenberg, Curator of the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory; Laura Tam, Sustainability Development Policy Director; Peter Brastow, Biodiversity Co-ordinator SF Department of the Environment; Cathie Barner, Vice President, Park Projects and Stewardship Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Michael Boland, Chief of Park Development & Operations Presidio Trust. (May 5)
“Ecological Cities” A salon with Chris Garvin of Terrapin Bright Green”. Moderated by Alison Sant. (May 26)
“Ground Up: Using the tactics of urban prototyping to create resilient cities” A discussion with Neil Hrushowy, the manager of the City Design Group; Marisha Farnsworth of Hyphae Design Laboratory, Robin Grossinger a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Moderated by Alison Sant. (July 26)
“Outpost: Remaking Market Street” A radio broadcast with Neil Hrushowy,the manager of the City Design Group; Marisha Farnsworth of Hyphae Design Laboratory, and Laurie Lazer the co-founder/director/curator of the Luggage Store Gallery. Moderated by Alison Sant.(September 30)
“Outpost: The Commons” A radio broadcast with Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers and the Flatbread Society; Matt Gonzales, the former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a Green Party mayoral and vice-presidential candidate; and Mei Ling Hui, San Francisco’s Urban Forest and Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Moderated by Alison Sant. (October 7)
“Outpost: Communal Bake Oven” A on-street bread bake with Amy Franceschini and Stijn Schiffeleers of the Flatbread Society” (October 7)
“Outpost: Civic Engagement” A film screening with Fay Darmawi of SF Urban Film Fest. (October 7)
“Outpost: Bioblitz” A workshop with Rebecca Johnson from the California Academy of Sciences. (October 14)
“Outpost: Planting Swallowtail Habitat” A workshop with Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City. (October 14)
“Outpost: Saving the Bay/Saving the City” A film screening with Director Ron Blatman and introduced by with Peter Brastow, San Francisco’s Biodiversity Co-ordinator (October 14)
“Outpost: Create with Nature Zone” A nature playground hosted with the Children in Nature Collaborative” (October 17)
“Outpost: Bikeways” A radio broadcast with Gillian Gillett the Director of Transporation Policy for the City and County of San Francisco; Blaine Merker the Head of the San Francisco office of Gehl Architects; and Noah Budnick, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. (October 21)
“Outpost: Bicycle Pit Stop” A workshop with Yellow Bike, a Tenderloin-based non-profit bike program. (October 21)
“Outpost: Kino Kiosk” A film screening with Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program” (October 21)
“Island Press Bike Tour: Washington DC” A bike tour with Island Press authors Timothy Beatley, Mike Lydon and Gabe Klein exploring the urban wilds of Rock Creek Park to the transit developments and tactical urbanist projects downtown.(November 9)

“Rising Waters: The Changing Shoreline of the San Francisco Bay” A panel discussion with Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director of SPUR; Peter Wijsman, a water management and climate change adaptation specialist for Arcadis US; Richard Walker, Geographer and author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area; and Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist for the Center for
Resilient Landscapes at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. (December 18)

“Birds-Eye View” A screening with filmmaker Judy Irving” (April 11)

“Urban Refuge” A panel discussion with Tim Beatley, the author of BiophilicCities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and
Planning;  Jennifer Wolch, the editor of Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands and author
of “Zoöpolis”; and David Gissen the author of Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments moderated by Peter Brastow, San
Francisco’s Biodiversity Coordinator and founder of Nature in the City. (May 8)

“Tigers on Market Street” A walking tour of urban butterfly habitat on Market Street with naturalist Amber Hasselbring and lepidopterist
Liam O’Brien. (September 8)

“Freeways Without Futures: A panel discussion with Gillian Gillett, Mayor Ed Lee’s transporation policy director; John Norquist, the former Mayor of Milwaukee; and Douglas Burnham, the Principal and Founder of Envelope A+D, architects moderated by Tomiquia Moss, the Community Planning Policy Director for SPUR. (September 19)

“Bay Lexicon” A walking tour with Exploratorium Bay Observatory artist-in-residence Jane Wolff” (October 20)

“The City and the Ocean” A panel discussion with Tim Beatley, the author of Blue Urbanism; Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation
Ecologist and the author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City; Robin Grossinger, a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco
Estuary Institute; and John Gillis, author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History. (November 6)


“Valencia Pop-Up Habitat: A Park(ing) Day Installation” (September 21)

“Exploring Mission Creek: A walking tour with author and historian Chris Carlsson; Leslie Golden of Golden Associates;  Megan Prelinger, co-founder of the Prelinger Library; Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City; Ginny Stearns, a Mission Creek houseboat resident and
local naturalist; and the Urbia Adventure League. (October 14)

“Nest Building” A workshop with Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City in collaboration with designer Lisa Lee Benjamin of Urban
Hedgerow. (December 16)

“Mannahatta 2409: A talk by Eric Sanderson on imagining ecological sustainability in the context of climate change” (December 20)

“Farming 2050” A discussion and launch of the Free Soil journal (February 1)

“A Curious Cinema: Resonance” A screening and workshop for all ages. (February 11)

“Reclaiming the Streets” A panel discussion with Bryan Goebel, the Editor of SF StreetsBlog; Kit Hodge, the Director of the Great Streets Project; and Architect and Urban Planner David Winslow who recently redesigned Linden Alley.  Moderated by John Bela of Rebar. (March 31)

“Cycling Cities” A discussion with Leah Shahum the Director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition; Heath Maddox, Transportation Planner SFMTA; Architect David Baker; and Chris Carlsson, author, historian, and co-originator of Critical Mass moderated by Sabrina Merlo,
the former Regional Advocacy Director of the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. (April 14)

“Edible Wild Plants” A talk and book signing by author John Kallas. (May 5)

“The Underground Food Movement” A panel discussion with Sandor Katz, author of The Revolution will not be Microwaved: Inside
America’s Underground Food Movement and Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods; Iso Rabins the founder of ForageSF and the Underground Farmer’s Market; and artists Ted Purves and Susanne Cockrell, whose social art projects
include Temescal Amity Works and The Meadow Network moderated by Rosie Branson Gill, the Program Director of 18 Reasons. (May 17)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces” Exhibition Opening Talk by Margaret Crawford” (September 6)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces” A Walking tour with Chris Carlsson of Shaping
San Francisco. (October 1)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces – Interventions: Sidewalk” A street intervention
with artists Paul Benny, Michael Swaine, Futurefarmers, Genine Lentine, and Joshua Short. (October 8)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces – Interventions: Plaza” A street intervention and
film screening with filmmaker Melinda Stone, Exploratorium Film program curator Liz Keim and Archivist Rick Prelinger.(October 15)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces – Interventions: Street” A Street Intervention created in collaboration with John Bela and Blaine Merker of Rebar. (October 22)

“Reclaim Market Street!: Temporary Urban Experiments in Creating New Public Spaces” A Screening of William Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

(November 15)


“Recipes for an Encounter” A workshop with artists Michael Swaine, Larry Bogad, Amy Franceschini, and Marisa Jahn” (January 30)

“Reinventing the Commons: A discussion with Iain Boal” (February 17)

“Tacoshed” A panel with John Bela of Rebar; David Fletcher of Fletcher Studios; chef Jessica Diaz of Gracias Madre; Jenna Didier, Direcor of Materials + Applications; and CCA architecture students from the Tacoshed studio. (February 25)

“Little City” An evening with farmers Caitlyn Galloway and Brooke Budner of Little City Gardens” (March 4)

“Cultivating the Native Garden” A talk with Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, Lew Stringer of the Presidio Trust, and filmmaker Andrea Dunlap” (March 10)

“Visions of the Urban Future” A discussion and book signing with author Matt Hern.

(March 17)

“Public Orchard” A talk with author Darrin Nordahl. (September 17)

“Public Orchard” A Biodiesel Bus Tour of San Jose (September 18)

“Public Orchard” A Canning & Preserving Workshop (September 19)

“Field Notes: Observing Lake Union” A walking tour of Seattle’s Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop with Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place and David Williams, author of The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City.
Followed by a wild foods dinner prepared by Christina Choi of Nettletown (October 23)


“The Trans-Alaska Pipeline” A talk with Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (March 4)

“Cinematic Landscapes” A screening with experimental film scholar Scott MacDonald (March 27)

“China Town” A screening with filmmaker Lucy Raven”(April 1)

“The Urban Homestead” A workshop with author Erik Erik Knutzen (April 5)

“Feral Trade: a talk by Kate Rich”(April 20)

“Utopia in Four Movements” A live work-in-progress screening with filmmaker Sam Green (May 1)

“California’s Living New Deal Project” A talk with Gray Brechin. (May 13)

“Found SF & Nowtopia” A talk with Chris Carlsson.(June 10)

“The Infrastructural City” A panel discussion with Kazys Varnelis, editor of the book The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in
Los Angeles,  Landscape Architect David Fletcher, and CCA professor Ila Berman” (September 22)

“Planting the City: Supplanting the Pavement” A panel discussion with Jane Martin of Plant*SF, Gillian Gillett of Greening Guerrero,
John Bela of Rebar, and Andres Power, the Project Manager of SF Pavement to Parks Program moderated by New York Times writer
Allison Arieff. (October 22)

“The Manahatta Project”  A discussion with author Eric Sanderson (October 28)

“Edible City” A screening with Directors Andrew Hasse and Adam Goldstein (November 5)

“Urban Farms Now” A discussion with Dan Wood of WORK Architecture Company & John Bela of Rebar (November 11)

“Urban Farming” A panel discussion with Amy Franceschini, instigator of the new San Francisco Victory Gardens Project; Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City; and Paula Jones, Director of Food Systems San Francisco Department of Public Health moderated by New York Times writer Allison Arieff (December 9)



Cynthia Stone, “Market Street Makeover: Prototyping Festival Breathes New Life into SF’s Urban Corridor”, KQED (October 2015)

“52 Wacky Art Exhibits You Can Play With Take Over San Francisco’s Market Street For 3 Days”, CBS SF Bay Area (April 2015)

Mary Anne Kluth, “Massive Prototyping Fest Turns Market Street into Temporary Urban Playground”, SF Curbed (April 2015)

Leif Haven, “The Future Looks Weird at the Market Street Prototyping Festival”, SF Weekly (April 2015)

Nathan Hurst, “Hacking the Streets of San Francisco at the Market Street Prototyping Festival”, Make (April 2015)

Greg Lindsay, “S.F. Is Getting Musical Walls, “Data Lanterns” and Street Furniture Made of Mushrooms”, Next City (March 2015)

Aaron Bialick, “Buffered Bike Lanes”, Streetsblog (July, 13)
Jaime Austin, “Reclaim Market Street!”, Northern Lights (October 17)
Heath Kessler,”Reclaim Market Street!”, The Bold Italic (September 13)
Nicola Twilley, “The Culinary Underground”, Edible Geography (May 16)

Jonathan Zwickel, “Cellphone tour leads trail users around Lake Union: A public art installation features phone-in tour-guide recordings
for users of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail”, The Seattle Times (January 26)

Goeff Manaugh, “Where Does Your Taco Come From?”, BLDG BLOG (February 17)
Garrett McAuliffe, “The Biography of a Taco”, San Francisco Chronicle (March 12)
Chris Carlsson, “Planning and Public Life”, Streetsblog San Francsico (March 25)
Jaime Gross, “That Big Farm Called San Francisco”, New York Times (April 23)
“Public Orchard”, Eat Local SF Blog (September 8)
“Edible Landscapes (And Player Pianos)”, SF Blotter, (September)
Nicola Twilley, “Transgenic Mosquitoes, Musical Tomatoes and Urban Fruit”, Edible Geography (Septermber 17)


Allison Arieff, “Self-Preservation, Growers and Nomads”, New York Times (September 18)


“A Curious Summer” Crosscurrents, KALW News (July 30)

Tara Duggan, “Cultivating their Fascination with Fermentation”, San Francisco Chronicle (June 7)


Interview Neighborhood Public Radio for the Whitney Biennial (March 13)

John Alderman, “Repackaging Nature”, (December 31)


Rachel Swan, “You Can Kiss this Art: Exhibit’s open-source ideology encourages mashups and remixes,” East Bay Express (October 31)
“RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA Opens,”, (October 24)

Charlotte City Scene: “Turning Point”

The Charlotte Observer: “Impressionistic Web Site Chronicles Change in Charlotte,” Richard Maschal
The Charlotte Observer: “Artsy Inaugural,” Kathy Haight

The New York Times On-Line: “Exploring How San Francisco Became What It Is”

The San Francisco Chronicle: “Private Spaces,” Kenneth Baker

The San Francisco Bay Guardian: “Dancing in the Dark,” Glen Helfand

Afterimage: “Archives of the Street,” Gregory Sholette

The San Francisco Examiner: “A Market Street You Didn’t Know Existed”

Newsweek: “Remembering Nagasaki”

On-Line Design: “Remembering Nagasaki”

Web Review: “Spotlight: Ali Sant, Portrait of a Web Artist”

The San Francisco Examiner: “Playing Around with Multimedia”


2016-2017 Headlands Center for the Arts. Affiliate Residency
Alison Sant, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2016 Berkeley Circus, Loeb Fellowship Finalist
2015-2016 Exploratorium Bay Observatory, Artist-In-Residence
2015-2016 Headlands Center for the Arts. Affiliate Residency
2014 Headlands Center for the Arts, Alumni New Works Residency
2007 Eco-Vis Challenge Award, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
2005 Artist in Residence The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
2003-04 Artist in Residence UCSF Mount Zion, San Francisco, CA
2002 Nominee Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation
2002 Recipient Creative Work Fund, Visual Arts Grant
2001-02 California Artist-In-Residence Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2001 Recipient John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship
2001 Artist-In-Residence Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA


2014-2016 Design Innovation for Sustainable Cities (DISC), UC Berkeley
2013-2016 Reclaim the Street!,, California College of Art
2010-2014 Nature in the City, California College of Art
2009-2011 Food, California College of Art
2008 Vapor, California College of Art
2007 Mapping the Ephemeral Landscape, California College of Art
2006 In Your Pocket: art for mobile devices, San Francisco Art Institute
2003-2006 SITEspecific: wireless networks and urban art practice, California College of Art