Studio for Urban Projects
917 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: 415.865.9500
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Alison Sant (
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 has served as a curator and board member of Southern Exposure, member of the Art Program Oversight committee for the San Jose Airport, and board member of the Summit Foundation and the Seed Fund.

Richard Johnson
( 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.

Current Projects

Bi-Rite Creamery Parklet
Open Field is a proposal for the Bi-Rite Creamery Parklet as well as a modular system for creating configurable Parklet’s throughout the city of san francisco. It creates spaces for people as well as habitat for wildlife, bringing visitors into intimate contact with a sliver of urban wilderness. The project’s title is Inspired by the open field agricultural systems developed in Medieval Europe which wove together multiple uses of common land. The project extends this concept to areas used by humans and wildlife alike. Open Field is designed as a modular system of programmatic components that may be tailored to each Parklet site and provide for an off-the-grid installation. Parklet components provide opportunities for habitat elements (birdbox, birdbaths), solar collection and rainwater harvesting systems as well as seating,tables, planters, bike racks, interpretive signage and LED lighting.

Streetscape Kit of Parts
In collaboration with Rebar, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and the SFMTA; the Studio is developing a Streetscape Kit of Parts that is quickly deployable and highly customizable 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, public programming, as well as examples of permiting structures and evaulation methodologies. The project also aims to expand the community process shaping our streets. As part of its development, we will be prototyping the kit in several locations in San Francisco throughout 2013. The project will be published by Island Press as a print and electronic manual to be easily shared with other national and international cities that are working to create their own trials.

Exhibitions/Public Art Installations

Reclaim Market Street!, San Francsico Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco, 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: The Evolving Language of Ecology, 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, California


Eyebeam Eco-Visualization Award for Strange Weather

California College of Art, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco, CA
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Eyebeam, New York, NY


Reclaim the Street!, California College of Art
Nature in the City, California College of Art
Food, California College of Art
Vapor, California College of Art
Mapping the Ephemeral Landscape, California College of Art
SITEspecific: wireless networks and urban art practice, California College of Art
In Your Pocket: art for mobile devices, San Francisco Art Institute


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