Reclaim Market Street.

Featuring the Imagination Playground and screening by
Rick Prelinger and Melinda Stone

Saturday, October 15
1-5 pm playspace/7-9 pm film screening
UN Plaza (Market Street, between 7th and 8th Streets)

In 2015, Market Street will be remade as the culmination of a four-year public process called the Better Market Street Project. Reclaim Market Street!, created by the Studio for Urban Projects, augments this ongoing community program by staging a series of interventions that engage the public in changing the street. Accompanying these events is an exhibition at the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) that provides context for these pilot projects by highlighting the many ways in which cities, nationally and internationally, are engaged in reimagining their public spaces through experimental urban planning.

This one-day event will transform UN Plaza into a play space for children, parents and friends, and will feature a ilm screening in the evening.

By day, UN Plaza will feature the Imagination Playground kit by David Rockwell. It asks if children can be better integrated into the life of the street, learning to become citizens through their participation in the city. The event examines ways in which plazas may be made more dynamic by serving different age groups and interests over the course of a day.

By night, this space will host a public screening of the 1906 film A Trip Down Market Street and its 2005 remake by Melinda Stone and Liz Keim. Archivist Rick Prelinger will show films from his collection focusing on the history of Market Street as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.

Food will be provided by Off the Grid. This event is part of the exhibition Reclaim Market Street! created by the Studio for Urban Projects and exhibited at SPUR. Please visit the exhibition at 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The plaza intervention has been created with the support of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The Imagination Playground is on loan from the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA. Special thanks to Karen Mauney-Brodek, Dana Ketcham, Lisa Beyer, Brianna Cutts and Jennifer Caleshu. Reclaim Market Street! is made possible through the generous support of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

This events is free and open to the public. Help us gauge the expected turnout by Registering here >>. Donations appreciated.