Cities like San Francisco need help - but conventional planning processes make it difficult to implement great ideas for civic improvement.
Urban Prototyping (UP) complements these processes by rapidly designing, testing, and scaling new projects that improve civic life.
UP takes projects from prototypes to city pilots to refined products.
UP Cities around the world design and test prototypes through large-scale public Festivals that engage local communities.
The first UP San Francisco Festival was held in October 2012 as a flagship event in San Francisco’s first Innovation Month. On October 20, 2012, six blocks of downtown San Francisco became a living laboratory for urban experiments.
The 2012 Festival featured:
23 urban prototypes
40+ audio, visual, and dance performers
25+ renowned speakers in design, art, and technology.
Original UP concept by Gray Area and Rebar.