Studio for Public Spaces: Works In Progress
An incubator for innovative ideas, projects and news happening both at the Studio for Public Spaces and around the world.
by Steve Gennrich • January 7, 2017
Peter Taylor, Exploratorium Super-Technician, talks about his outdoor installation tools.
by Steve Gennrich • January 1, 2016
The Buchanan Mall Activation opened on November 7, 2015. Designing and building the space with such a talented and dedicated team of organizations, community members, and volunteers was an amazing experience.
by Adam Green • August 12, 2015
We've made a lot of progress on the Buchanan Mall catalyst project, including unveiling the full scale prototype to the community. Next stop: full fabrication!
by Adam Green • May 15, 2015
We've kicked off the Buchanan Mall design process and are moving fast. We've already had a site tour and first sketch session. Next we'll work with the Design Task Force to refine the initial ideas.
by Adam Green • May 12, 2015
We're excited to announce that we'll be joining a stellar partnership between Green Streets, Citizen Film, the Trust for Public Land and San Francisco Rec and Park to support the design and fabrication of a 'catalyst' project at Buchanan Mall park...
by Steve Gennrich • November 8, 2014
McLaren Park is the second largest park in San Francisco (after Golden Gate Park) and was designed by Daniel Burnham in 1905, the year before he started developing the master plan for Chicago. In 2008, two Exploratorium Artists, Peter Richards and Susan Schwartzenberg, designed Philosopher's...
by Shawn Lani • October 16, 2013
We're in the production phase of our largest elements. These are 9 foot tall styrofoam dishes that have been milled on a CNC router (computer controlled cutting machine). The dishes will shipped to the East bay and sprayed with a 3" coating of glass reinforced cement.
by Shawn Lani • September 17, 2013
The Outdoor Studio has done some large installations over the years, one of our favorite was a magnetically coupled kinetic facade of a museum in Livingston, Louisiana, called L.I.G.O. (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
by Shawn Lani • September 13, 2013
We’ve generated a lot of ideas from our Sketch-In event and from our meetings with our project partners who have been coming by the Exploratorium for afternoon sketch sessions. We’re itchy to start building and testing prototypes, so we’re working on a few ideas you can come by and try out...