Prototyping San Francisco

Weekend Workshop
Oct. 3, 5:30p – 8:00p
Oct. 4, 9:00a – 5:00p
Oct. 8, 5:30p – 7:30p
Studio 1
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Do you have ideas to make San Francisco better? Do you have a passion for public spaces? In Prototyping San Francisco, you will work in small teams to reimagine a part of Market Street—and then potentially have your design implemented during next year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival (MSPF).

This pop-up is for people who are already comfortable with the design process & are eager to advance their skills in civic and public interest design. Over our 3 sessions, students from different backgrounds and institutions will work in teams around the themes of Delight, Social Justice, Smart Cities, and Wayfinding, and use participatory & experimental design methodology to create a concept design specific for a specific part of Market Street in downtown San Francisco.

The class will do initial fieldwork in the five zones of Market Street (Civic Center, Central Market, Retail Heart, Financial District, and Embarcadero), and then each team will choose one zone to focus their design process on. The teaching team, along with coaches from the Exploratorium, Autodesk, and other SF institutions, will help the students go from brainstorms to robust, vetted concept designs.

At the end of the class, students can submit their design proposals to the upcoming 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival. Jury-selected proposals can receive funding for further development, and will eventually be deployed and used by thousands of city inhabitants in Spring 2015.

Students will strengthen their ethnography and participatory design skills, while creating impact in one of the city’s most trafficked streetscapes.

Check out the course website at and drop us a line if you have any questions.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. Applications close Sep. 23 @ 11:59pm. Apply here:

Teaching Team

Margaret Hagan, Stanford Law School
Kevin Hsu, Urban Studies
Kursat Ozenc, Autodesk
Deland Chan, Urban Studies