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Outpost: Day 3

Posted by on Apr 11 2015 | events

Outpost: Day 3

Date: Saturday April 11, 2015
Location: On the north side of Market Street between 6th and 7th
Transit: Served by Market Street transit lines, Civic Center BART station
Register: All events are open to the public and free of charge. For events with limited space, you may register in advance through eventbrite

Schedule:
7:00-9:00am
BioBlitz: Market Street Birding
Join expert birder Carlo Arreglo on a walk exploring the species that flock to Market Street and log your sightings. This event is part of the Market Street BioBlitz, which uses citizen science to catalog the wildlife species in our city. This event co-hosted by Nature in the City, in collaboration with Nerds for Nature and the California Academy of Sciences.

10:00am-2:00pm
BioBlitz & Sightings
Come participate in this citizen science project logging the different wildlife species that inhabit Market Street. Expert-led teams will discover, count, map and learn about the diverse organisms that live in our urban environment. Sightings will be logged with iNaturalist and shared at the Outpost installation between 1:00-2:00pm. This event is co-hosted by Nature in the City in collaboration with Nerds for Nature and the California Academy of Sciences.

10:00am-1:00pm
Drop-in Family Biking Lab
Come learn family biking tips and practical bicycle maintenance skills. Learn to change a tire, proper helmet fitting, and hand signals on the road. Children are encouraged to participate. This event is co-hosted with Warm Planet Bicycles and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

10:00am-5:00pm
Create with Nature Zone
Central Market is home to one of San Francisco’s densest neighborhoods, with an estimated 4,000 children and some of the least access to open space. For one day, the Children in Nature Collaborative will transform Market Street into a natural play space for children, parents and friends.This event is produced in collaboration with the Children in Nature Collaborative.

11:00am-3:00pm
Broomtrade, a performance by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney
Who cleans the streets? What is the definition of Civic Pride? What is teamwork? Where did you get that broom??? These are some of the questions that are at the core of BroomTrade, a social experiment/art piece by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney. Join them as they parade down Market St, with a series of hand-crafted, tandem brooms, and an open invitation to join in and help clean up the streets! Swaine and Benney have created a number of brooms that require groups of two, four, and six people to operate, transforming the simple act of sweeping into a collaborative, public dance event. They also invite people to bring a broom from home, and engage in a BroomTrade with other willing participants. Come to Market Street! Bring a broom! Learn a dance! And clean your city! Today’s performance will feature Andrew Kushin playing bass and sound design by Yasi Perera.This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

On Market Library
Created by the Prelinger Library as an offsite library for Outpost. Come and browse a selection of titles related to Market Street’s ecology, transit, and public life. Librarians will be on hand to discuss the collection. Created in collaboration with the Prelinger Library.

2:00-5:00pm
Bike Tour: Pilots on Market St.
Join Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a tour of the pilots along Market Street that have helped to make it  the busiest bike street west of the Mississippi. We will tour the bike counter, the separated bikeway, the Powell Street contra-flow and other bicycling improvements while looking ahead to what Market Street could become as it is redesigned by the Better Market Street program. Bring your helmet and pick up a Bay Area bike share bike (7th & Market) if you don’t have one of your own. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

5:00-6:00pm
Naturalist Talk: Tigers on Market
The Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio rutulus) has found a home on San Francisco’s Market Street, living a complete life cycle in the London Plane trees that line the busy thoroughfare. The canyon of tall buildings lined with trees resembles the butterfly’s natural habitat – river canyons. Join Amber Hasselbring, the Executive Director of Nature in the City, for a talk highlighting the rich variety of habitat components that exist on Market Street for the butterfly as well as what is possible as the street is re-envisioned. The city has pledged that the new design for Market Street will not only welcome a dynamic environment for people – but it will also make room to celebrate the wild creatures and natural features that surround us, even in the bustling downtown heart of San Francisco. This event is created in collaboration with Nature in the City.

6:00-9:00pm
Recession Stew with Amara Tabor-Smith
As part of a series of events curated by the Luggage Store Gallery, a long-standing neighborhood arts organization in the Central Market District, Amara Tabor-Smith, the founder and Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Theater, will perform Recession Stew. By preparing meals with and for neighborhood residents and festival patrons, Tabor-Smith will explore the relationship between food and community, accompanied by live music and dance performances. Tabor-Smith will be actively engaged in the event, urging attendees to share their stories about food, family and life. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

9:00pm
Mothlight
A moth light installed on the roof of Outpost will run from dark until daybreak, during the festival, helping to attract these nocturnal critters for night time viewing. Created in collaboration with  Nature in the City.

Ongoing Programming:
PPlanter
The PPlanter, designed by Hyphae Design Laboratory, takes on the problem of public urination. It is a scalable, reconfigurable public urinal and sink that uses plants as bioflilters to treat wastewater, turning a nuisance into a nutrient. The project celebrates San Francisco’s progressions toward mobile and outdoor services such as parklets by providing additional infrastructure to support and enhance this trend. Hyphae is currently working with the Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District, SF Clean City, and the Department of Public Works to turn the PPLanter into a neighborhood-wide program. This istallation is located in front of the Luggage Store Gallery at 1007 Market Street @ 6th. Curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

For a full description of the Outpost project and the Market Street Prototyping Festival please visit the Outpost page.

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Outpost: Day 2

Posted by on Apr 10 2015 | events

Outpost: Day 2

Date: Friday April 10, 2015
Location: On the north side of Market Street between 6th and 7th
Transit: Served by Market Street transit lines, Civic Center BART station
Register: All events are open to the public and free of charge. For events with limited space, you may register in advance through eventbrite


Schedule:
8:00-10:00am
Bicycle Pit Stop
Market Street is San Francisco’s busiest bike route, come by to pump your tires or make an adjustment. Stop for a quick fix or grab a coffee from Machine Coffee or the Hall and stay for a while – a welcome detour on your morning commute. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

11:00am-3:00pm
Broomtrade, a performance by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney
Who cleans the streets? What is the definition of Civic Pride? What is teamwork? Where did you get that broom??? These are some of the questions that are at the core of Broomtrade, a social experiment/art piece by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney. Join them as they parade down Market St, with a series of hand-crafted, tandem brooms, and an open invitation to join in and help clean up the streets! Swaine and Benney have created a number of brooms that require groups of two, four, and six people to operate–transforming the simple act of sweeping into a collaborative, public dance event. They also invite people to bring a broom from home, and engage in a Broomtrade with other willing participants. Come to Market Street! Bring a broom! Learn a dance! And clean your city! Today’s performance will feature sound design by Yasi Perera. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

On Market Library
Created by the Prelinger Library as an offsite library for Outpost. Come and browse a selection of titles related to Market Street’s ecology, transit, and public life. Librarians will be on hand to discuss the collection.

Post-Car Travel Agency
Stop by to learn more about car-free adventuring from San Francisco’s bike travel agency. Post-Car can help you plan your next door-to-door bicycle and transit adventures originating in the San Francisco Bay Area. They provide all the functions of a travel agency: planning, booking, giving advice on outfitting and routes.

Drop-in Planting Workshop
Join us for a planting workshop focusing on host plants and nectar sources for the Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, which flies on Market Street. Learn how to transplant native plants and build a new wildlife corridor for this resilient butterfly. This event is hosted by Amber Hasselbring, the Executive Director of Nature and the City.

12:00-1:30pm
The Landscape of Market Street: A walking tour

Chris Carlsson, co-director of Shaping San Francisco, will give a 90 minute walking tour covering the history of Market Street as a transit corridor, but he will also peel back the layers of history to reveal a lost landscape of sand dunes and a mysterious valley, saltwater wetlands and the strangely abundant fresh water that still flows beneath the area. Your ideas of the Central City are sure to be altered after this 90 minute walk! This event is created in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco.

Resident Naturalist: Amber Hasselbring
Come visit with expert naturalists who will be on-site to help spot wildlife along Market Street and contribute your findings to iNaturalist. Today’s naturalist will be Amber Hasselbring, the Executive Director of Nature in the City.

4:00pm-6:00pm
Bicycle Pit Stop
Market Street is San Francisco’s busiest bike route, come by to pump your tires or make an adjustment. Stop for a quick fix or grab a drink and a snack from the Hall or Showdogs and stay for a while – a welcome detour on your evening commute. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Holy Stitch!
Artist Julian Dash will re-interpret one of San Francisco’s oldest industries, jeans manufacturing, into a community based sewing project. Holy Stitch! teaches us to take the creation of our clothing into our own hands. Slow down on your commute home to come by and visit Dash’s bike-powered sewing machine. Grab a drink in the Hall and stay to learn about the transformation of cotton plant, to yarn, denim, and ultimately clothing. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

8:00-10:00pm
Kino Kiosk, a film screening
Part moving image installation, part outdoor screening, the Kino Kiosk offers a variety of films that respond to the culture and development of Market Street and inspires new ways of looking at San Francisco’s main thoroughfare. Historical footage is paired with documentary and artistic interpretations of our downtown area. Visual narratives and abstract oddities seek to find a glowing niche amidst the frenetic pace and illuminated commercial centers. Audiences are invited to participate in the soundtracks and have the chance to win a prize! Whether you catch a glimpse passing by, or settle in to interact and engage, the Kino Kiosk offers a cinematic moment for all users of Market Street. This event is produced in collaboration with the Exploratorium Cinema Arts Program and is curated by Kathleen Maguire, Samuel Sharkey, Liz Keim, Melinda Stone and Rick Prelinger.

10:00pm
Mothlight
A moth light installed on the roof of Outpost will run from dark until daybreak, during the festival, helping to attract these nocturnal critters for night time viewing. Created in collaboration with Nature in the City.

Ongoing Programming:
PPlanter
The PPlanter, designed by Hyphae Design Laboratory, takes on the problem of public urination. It is a scalable, reconfigurable public urinal and sink that uses plants as bioflilters to treat wastewater, turning a nuisance into a nutrient. The project celebrates San Francisco’s progressions toward mobile and outdoor services such as parklets by providing additional infrastructure to support and enhance this trend. Hyphae is currently working with the Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District, SF Clean City, and the Department of Public Works to turn the PPlanter into a neighborhood-wide program. This installation is located in front of the Luggage Store Gallery at 1007 Market Street @ 6th. Curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

For a full description of the Outpost project and the Market Street Prototyping Festival please visit the Outpost page.

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Outpost: Day 1

Posted by on Apr 09 2015 | events

Outpost: Day 1

Date: Thursday April 9, 2015
Location: On the north side of Market Street between 6th and 7th
Transit: Served by Market Street transit lines, Civic Center BART station
Register: All events are open to the public and free of charge. For events with limited space, you may register in advance through eventbrite


Schedule:
8:00-10:00am
Bicycle Pit Stop
Market Street is San Francisco’s busiest bike route, come by to pump your tires or make an adjustment. Stop for a quick fix or grab a coffee from Machine Coffee or the Hall and stay for a while – a welcome detour on your morning commute. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

11:00am-3:00pm
Broom
trade, a performance by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney
Who cleans the streets? What is the definition of Civic Pride? What is teamwork? Where did you get that broom??? These are some of the questions that are at the core of Broomtrade, a social experiment/art piece by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney. Join them as they parade down Market Street with a series of hand-crafted, tandem brooms, and an open invitation to join in and help clean up the streets! Swaine and Benney have created a number of brooms that require groups of two, four, and six people to operate–transforming the simple act of sweeping into a collaborative, public dance event. They also invite people to bring a broom from home, and engage in a Broomtrade with other willing participants. Come to Market Street! Bring a broom! Learn a dance! And clean your city! Today’s performance will feature Andrew Kushin playing bass and sound design by Yasi Perera. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

On Market Library
Created by the Prelinger Library as an offsite library for Outpost. Come and browse a selection of titles related to Market Street’s ecology, transit and public life. Librarians will be on hand to discuss the collection.

Post-Car Travel Agency
Stop by to learn more about car-free adventuring from San Francisco’s bike travel agency. Post-Car can help you plan your next door-to-door bicycle and transit adventures originating in the San Francisco Bay Area. They provide all the functions of a travel agency: planning, booking, giving advice on outfitting and routes.

Resident Naturalist: Peter Brastow
Come visit with expert naturalists who will be on-site to help spot wildlife along Market Street and contribute your findings to iNaturalist. Today’s naturalist will be Peter Brastow, the Biodiversity Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

4:00-6:00pm
Bicycle Pit Stop
Market Street is San Francisco’s busiest bike route, come by to pump your tires or make an adjustment. Stop for a quick fix or grab a drink and a snack from the Hall or Showdogs and stay for a while – a welcome detour on your evening commute. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Holy Stitch!
Artist Julian Dash will re-interpret one of San Francisco’s oldest industries, jeans manufacturing, into a community based sewing project. Holy Stitch! teaches us to take the creation of our clothing into our own hands. Slow down on your commute home to come by and visit Dash’s bike-powered sewing machine. Grab a drink in the Hall and stay to learn about the transformation of cotton plant to yarn, denim, and ultimately clothing. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

Tactical Urbanism: A Bicycle Tour with Mike Lydon, Neil Hrushowy and John Bela
Please join us for a bicycle tour and discussion with some of the founders of the tactical urbanism movement. Our guests will include Mike Lydon, the author of Tactical Urbanism: Short Term Action for Long Term Change, which captures the global context of experimental city planning; Neil Hrushowy, the acting Manager of the City Design Group in the San Francisco Planning Department and one of the instigators of the Market Street Prototyping Festival; and John Bela, formerly of Rebar, the art and design collaborative that created Park(ing) Day and now an Associate at Gehl Studio, San Francisco. We will tour all five districts of the Prototyping Festival and talk with the Design Captains who have created the keystone projects for their district, as well as helped to shape and implement the prototypes in them. This event is co-produced by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Island Press.

6:00-7:00pm
Tactical Urbanism: A talk by Island Press author Mike Lydon
Please join us for a public talk with Mike Lydon, the author of Tactical UrbanismShort Term Action for Long Term Change, which captures the global context of experimental city planning. This event is co-produced by Island PressThe Green Arcade will be on-site with books for sale.

9:00pm
Resident Naturalist: Ken-ichi Ueda
Come visit with expert naturalists who will be on-site to help spot wildlife along Market Street and contribute your findings to iNaturalist. This evening’s naturalist will be Ken-ichi Ueda, one of the creators and founders of iNaturalist.

Mothlight
A moth light installed on the roof of Outpost will run from dark until daybreak, during the festival, helping to attract these nocturnal critters for night time viewing. Created in collaboration with Nature in the City.

Ongoing Programming:
PPlanter
The PPlanter, designed by Hyphae Design Laboratory, takes on the problem of public urination. It is a scalable, reconfigurable public urinal and sink that uses plants as bioflilters to treat wastewater, turning a nuisance into a nutrient. The project celebrates San Francisco’s progressions toward mobile and outdoor services such as parklets by providing additional infrastructure to support and enhance this trend. Hyphae is currently working with the Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District, SF Clean City, and the Department of Public Works to turn the PPlanter into a neighborhood-wide program. This installation is located in front of the Luggage Store Gallery at 1007 Market Street @ 6th. Curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.

For a full description of the Outpost project and the Market Street Prototyping Festival please visit the Outpost page.

 

 

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Rising Waters: The Changing Shoreline of the San Francisco Bay

Posted by on Dec 18 2014 | events

Rising Waters: The Changing Shoreline of the San Francisco Bay


DATE: 
Thursday, December 18th
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Exploratorium Fisher Bay Observatory Pier 15 at Embarcadero and Green Street map
RSVP: Admission is free. RSVP required. E-mail the Exploratorium or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.
TRANSIT: The Exploratorium is served by the F streetcar as well as many MUNI buses and rail lines.The Embarcadero BART station is a 10 minute walk away. Outdoor bike parking is available next to the museum.


“The seashore is an edge and it defies the usual idea of borders by being unfixed, fluctuant, and infinitely permeable.”
Rebecca Solnit

The history of San Francisco Bay is one of extraordinary change. Since the last ice age sea level has gradually risen, pushing through the Golden Gate to form the bay 8,500 years ago. Although we have gradually fixed our shoreline since San Francisco was settled over 150 years ago, the Bay continues to grow. This dynamic is only exaggerated by climate change which is projected to cause between approximately 3 to 6 ft of sea level rise by 2100.

How can we look back to our historical ecology to find approaches to climate change adaptation? Do the “green” infrastructures of restored wetlands and oyster reefs help to buffer rising tides? How do these approaches mix with the “grey” infrastructures of sea walls, levies, and dykes? How does our environmental political history inform how we organize now to help change our city and become a model for other coastline cities?

Join us for the first in a series of talks exploring the relationship of politics, history, engineering, and citizen action to climate change and its impacts on the San Francisco shoreline. Our speakers include 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.

This program is a co-presentation of the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory and is part of the Conversations about Landscape series.

Photo: Detail of 1869 Map showing San Francisco “water lots” to be sold at public auction, courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection

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The City and the Ocean

Posted by on Nov 06 2013 | events

The City and the Ocean

DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Exploratorium Bay Observatory Pier 15 at Embarcadero and Green Street map
REGISTRATION: Please register with eventbrite
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10-$20
TRANSIT: The Exploratorium is served by the F streetcar as well as many MUNI buses and rail lines. The Embarcadero BART station is a 10 mintute walk away. Outdoor bike parking is available next to the museum.

Although “greening” our cities has been the focus of much of the sustainable cities movement, we often overlook the health of the rivers, bays, oceans and shorelines that are a part of our urban landscapes. As cities attempt to adapt to rising tides, amplified by climate change, how do we reflect on the urbanization of our waterways, their history and the ways they have been altered. How do we design for sea level rise; conserve or enhance the biodiversity of our bays, oceans and rivers; and begin to understand our shorelines as an integrated part of the ecology of more biodiverse cities?

Join us for a discussion with Tim Beatley, the author of Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning and the forthcoming book Blue Urbanism (Island Press); Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the author of the best-selling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams); Robin Grossinger, a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute; and John Gillis, author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History (University of Chicago Press). From the perspectives of ecology, history, and sustainable planning the panel will explore past and future perspectives on ways to foster a harmonious relationship between cities and our waterways.

This program is co-presented with the Exploratorium Bay Observatory and is part of the San Francisco Biodiversity Summit hosted by the Seed Fund and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Photo: Detail of 1859 U.S Coastal Survey Map, courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection

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Freeways Without Futures

Posted by on Sep 19 2013 | events

Freeways Without Futures

DATE: September 19, 2013
TIME:
7:00 pm
LOCATION: 917 Bryant Street, San Francisco
REGISTRATION: Please register with eventbrite
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5-$15
TRANSIT: Served by Market Street transit lines to Civic Center or MUNI lines 19, 27 and 47 to SOMA. Secure bike parking available.

Throughout the 20th Century elevated freeways were created in many American cities. They cut huge swaths across our urban landscapes, devastating the fabric of neighborhoods, strained the connection to our rivers and bays, and polluting our cities. Now, many of these highways are being torn down. In Seoul, South Korea Cheonggyecheon Stream, now daylighted, occupies what was once an elevated highway. In Portland, Oregon Harbor Drive was removed, creating a waterfront park along the Willamette River. In San Francisco, the Embarcadero and Central Freeways have been removed to create the Embarcadero and Octavia Boulevards. The removal of these freeways has reconnected San Francisco’s waterfront, enabling the renovation of the ferry building and piers supporting cultural organizations like the Exploratorium. Octavia Boulevard has been re-imagined both temporarily and permanently; supporting Envelope A+D’s Proxy project, Hayes Valley Farm, a thriving public art program as well as the long-term vision of the Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan.

San Francisco now has another opportunity to take down a freeway while creating major trans- portation infrastructure improvements in an important area of the city. Currently, the stub end of Interstate 280 creates a barrier between the developing Mission Bay neighborhood and Potrero Hill. At the same time, the Caltrain railyard — 19 acres stretching from Fourth Street to Seventh Street between King and Townsend — forms a barrier between Mission Bay and SoMa. The obstruction will only get worse if current plans for high-speed rail proceed, forcing 16th Street and Mission Bay Boulevard into depressed trenches beneath the tracks and the elevated freeway.

The Studio for Urban Projects invites you to join us for a panel discussion re-imagining San Francisco without the 280 freeway. Our speakers will include Gillian Gillett, Mayor Ed Lee’s transporation policy director and the champion of the current effort to tear down portion of I-280; John Norquist, currently the President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism where he advocates for city planing efforts to replace freeways with boulevards and the former Mayor of Milwaukee where he received widespread recognition for removing a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway; and Douglas Burnham, the Principal and Founder of Envelope A+D, architects that designed Proxy along Octavia Boulevard. The evening’s panel will be moderated by Tomiquia Moss, the Community Planning Policy Director for the urban planning and policy think tank SPUR.

This program is presented in collaboration with the AIA San Francisco as part of the Architecture and the City Festival. It is held in conjunction with the Center for Architecture and Design competition “Reimagine. Reconnect. Restore. What if 280 came down?.” John Norquist’s participation is generously supported by the Seed Fund.

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Tigers on Market Street

Posted by on Sep 08 2013 | events

Tigers on Market Street

DATE: September 8, 2013
TIME
: 11:00 am-2:00 pm
LOCATION: Embarcadero in front of the Ferry Building
REGISTRATION: Please register with Eventbrite
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10-$20
TRANSIT: Served by BART (Embarcadero station) and all MUNI lines. On-street bike parking available.

Market Street may seem like an unlikely habitat for butterflies but the corridor of London Plane trees, canyon of tall buildings, and sources for water from urban fountains have created an unplanned riparian area that has become the home of Western Tiger Swallowtails. First noted by lepidopterist Harriet Reinhard in 1987, this phenomenon is an incredible story of wildlife adaptation within the heart of the city.

While the ecological footprint of cities is widely studied, we often overlook the efficacy of the collective ecosystem of our open spaces, shorelines, parks, and street plantings. What can we do to perpetuate and enhance nature’s presence in the city? How can we redesign Market Street to include habitat for the Swallowtail and other wildlife? How can better understanding this phenomenon help us to design our cities differently?

For the last two years, Amber Hasselbring and Liam O’brien have studied the Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Market Street. Hasselbring is a San Francisco-based artist, naturalist and the Director of Nature in the City while Liam O’brien is an illustrator, lepidopterist and conservationist. Together, they are working to find ways in which to support and expand Market Street as a habitat to this extraordinary butterfly. We invite you to join us on a walking tour with Amber and Liam exploring Market Street through the perspective of the swallowtail, helping to document this natural phenomenon and expand it. Please bring your camera.

Photo: Market Street River, collage, courtesy of Liam O’Brien

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Urban Refuge

Posted by on May 08 2013 | events

Urban Refuge

TIME : 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio for Urban Projects, 917 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to info@studioforurbanprojects.org. Suggested donation $5-$15
TRANSIT: Served by Market Street transit lines to Civic Center or MUNI lines 19, 27 and 47 to SOMA. Secure bike parking available.

Nature can often seem remote within our everyday urban lives, however our cities provide habitat to many wild animals, insects and amphibians that have adapted to even the most hostile of urban environments. Our urban landscape is inhabited by pigeons, hawks, crows, deer, bees, butterflies, raccoons, frogs and even coyotes. How can we encourage habitat, acknowledging that our streets, buildings, backyards and parks are a shared landscape between humans and wildlife?

Join us for a conversation exploring the potential of the urban refuge with Tim Beatley, the author of Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and PlanningJennifer Wolch, the editor of Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands and author of “Zoöpolis”; and David Gissen the author ofSubnature: Architecture’s Other Environments. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Brastow, San Francisco’s Biodiversity Coordinator for the San Francsico Department of the Environmentand founder of Nature in the City.

The evening will survey small tactical interventions; such as individuals who are transforming their apartment balconies and backyards into wildlife habitats as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Certification program; to regional sustainability initiatives. We will examine the design of the built environment, from architecture to urban planning and policy, exploring ways to rewild our cities. Finally, we will reflect on how animals and insects have existed in cities historically and how our relationships to them have shifted along with our cultural ideas about nature.

Photo: “Tour of Nests” by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB is a proposal for a vertical structure accommodates human and animal life within the same building. The project was the winner of the World Architecture Festival in 2011

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Birds-Eye View

Posted by on Apr 11 2013 | events

Birds-Eye View

An evening exploring the unique relationship of birds to our urban environment with Filmmaker Judy Irving in conversation with Megan Prelinger

TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio for Urban Projects, 917 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to info@studioforurbanprojects.org
Suggested donation $5-$15
TRANSIT: Served by Market Street transit lines to Civic Center or MUNI lines 19, 27 and 47 to SOMA. On-street bike parking available.

The peregrine falcons nesting on Portland’s Fremont Bridge; the infamous Pale Male, a Red Tail Hawk that has made his home adjacent to Central Park since the early 1990′s; and the wild parrots of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill are all stories of urban birds that offer us a new perspective on our cities.

Award winning documentary filmmaker Judy Irving has spent the past decade documenting San Francisco’s urban birds. Her acclaimed film, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill popularized the story of a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco. She is currently working on a new documentary entitled Pelican Dreams which features a young brown pelican who mistakenly landed on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge, creating a spectacular traffic jam and re-igniting Judy’s years’-long fascination with these ancient, endangered birds.

Please join us for an evening of film clips and discussion featuring Judy Irving in conversation with Megan Prelinger. Megan Prelinger is co-founder of the Prelinger Library, a public resource for land-use history and urbanism. Megan is a naturalist, member of bird rescue organizations, and a SF Nature Education guide.

 

 

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Mannahatta 2409

Posted by on Dec 20 2012 | events

Mannahatta 2409

A talk by Eric Sanderson on imagining ecological sustainability in the context of climate change

DATE: 
Thursday, December 20th
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio for Urban Projects, 917 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to info@studioforurbanprojects.org
Suggested donation $5-$15
TRANSIT: Served by Market Street transit lines to Civic Center or MUNI lines 19, 27 and 47 to SOMA. Secure bike parking available on-site.

The Mannahatta Project, a project conducted over the last decade by Eric Sanderson, investigated the historical streams, ponds, springs, shores, hills, forests, and wildlife of Manhattan Island on the eve of Henry Hudson’s discovery in 1609. The project allowed New Yorkers to glimpse their ecological past.

Sanderson’s new project, Mannahatta2409.org, enables New Yorkers to imagine their ecological future. With this new web platform, users are able to paint the landscape of Manhattan with new ecosystems, allowing both relatively subtle changes (rain barrels on every block, green roofs on a few buildings) to radical changes in the shape and size and composition of the city’s built and open ecosystems, including buildings, transportation, parks, and natural areas. Each landscape vision can be evaluated in terms of its ecological performance with respect to water, carbon, biodiversity, and population, allowing comparisons for an area as it exists today to an area as it existed four hundred years ago, before European colonization. The goal is to explore the limits of the ecology of densely populated places, to share ideas for ecological success, and to build ecological awareness into the culture of urbanity in New York and elsewhere.

Join us for a talk by Eric Sanderson about his work on Mannahatta 2409. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the author of the best-selling book,Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009). The project led to a web map and site (since rebranded welikia.org), an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, and the best-selling book. Sanderson is currently pursuing the Welikia Project, on the historical and contemporary ecology of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and surrounding waters His next book, Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs, will be published in 2013.

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