Conversations About Landscape: Groundplay

Exploring the Intersection Between Public Space and Imagination

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • 6:00 p.m.

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free; RSVP required. Email, or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.

All Ages

In 2017, we present Landscapes of Hope and Imagination, a series of conversations about responses to current social and political challenges, including individual expression, community organizing, scientific research, and place-based activism.

San Francisco is a city of change, with a long history of social and urban transformation. Today, many San Franciscans dream of converting underused public spaces—alleys, parking spaces, and rooftops—into inviting and dynamic gathering places. Groundplay, a program of the San Francisco Planning Department, pairs inspired San Franciscans with institutions that have the resources and expertise to bring their dreams to life.

You’ve likely seen a Groundplay project already: perhaps you’ve stopped in a parklet—a street area converted to public space—or chatted with strangers at the Exploratorium’s Pause on Market Street installation.

The co-managers of Groundplay, Kay Cheng and Ilaria Salvadori, will lead a conversation about contemporary and historic approaches to rethinking urban spaces.


About the Panelists

Rachel Brahinsky, an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco, directs the Graduate Programs in Urban & Public Affairs. Her current research focuses on the historical geography of race and development in the Bay Area.

Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is co-lead of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, which features temporary interactive installations that make Market Street a more engaging and vibrant destination.

Shawn Lani, is the founding director of the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces, where he has spearheaded numerous public projects on urban streets, plazas, and shorelines.

Katy Tang is the District 4 representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She has promoted the development of Groundplay projects in her district, including Playland at 43rd Avenue, in the Sunset District. 

The series is funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy