Opportunity Rocks: Public Engagement at the Waterfront

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Maria Mortati's slide show as part of the panel for Englightened Spaces on Oct. 5, 2010, "Inspired Engagement: Where Cities Meet the Water". Co-presenters were: Dan Hodapp, Port of San Francisco, Kate Bickert, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Ned Kahn, Ned Kahn Studios

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  • The waterfront represents an edge between the known and the unknown. We are confronted with this phenomena every time we see it. (image source: http://holymountain-agionoros.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html)
  • There are dozens of projects, small and large around the bay and around the world. When I think about helping people make a connection or learn something, I think on a smaller scale. So these few are local, and small.
  • This was a project through the gallery Southern Exposure…
  • Ledia Carroll: “The Mission Dolores after which the Mission neighborhood was named was built in 1776 on the site of this ancient now-vanished lake, Lago Dolores. Topographically flat Valencia Street was the center of this lake. The lake had a roughly five block diameter stretching from around what is now Van Ness to almost Guerrero St and from 15th to 20th streets in the other direction (See Map, at bottom). According to reports from the late 1700s, Willow trees grew along the shore of this lake.”
  • GET THESE TWO PEOPLE TOGETHER LOOKING AT THE SAME THING LOOKING AT IT FROM A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND THEY COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER WELL.
  • WHY ARE THEY LOOKING AT THIS REGION? WHAT ARE PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF IT?
  • PROJECT I WORKED ON DURING R&D AT THIS PART OF WATERFRONT (BSW).
  • THIS PART OF THE WATER IS NOT AS ROMANTIC OR APPEALING, BUT IT’S THE SAME WATER AS THE PICTURE POSTCARDS OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. SO THE QUESTION IS: How do you draw them in WHEN THEY CAN’T GET CLOSE TO IT, AND THEY’YRE NOT AS COMPELLED?
  • IT’S A BIG MISCONCEPTION THAT IT’S THAT COLOR BECAUSE OF POLLUTION. IT’S ACTUALLY NOT, IT’S AN ESTUARY, AND IT’S FULL OF LIFE. THAT LIFE BRINGS POSSIBILITIES.
  • WHAT IS THIS? YOU MAY NOT SEE THIS AT THE BEACH, BUT YOU SEE IT AROUND HERE. IT’S REVEALING A LOT ABOUT THE TIDES, AND THE SMALL ANIMALS THAT LIVE IN THE INTERTIDAL ZONE.
  • Tides are a pretty dramatic force on the water. But when the water’s edge is vertical as in cities, it’s almost impossible to know it’s happening. THIS DIAGRAM SHOWS A TYPICAL CHANGE IN HEIGHT BETWEEN TIDES.
  • WHERE ARE YOU NOW WITH RESPECT TO THE TIDES? HOW FAR DOES IT GO? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT’S THE FURTHEST IT’S EVER GONE? HELP PEOPLE PUT THE CURRENT HEIGHT INTO PERSPECTIVE.
  • This is a big topic, so I put together a list of some projects and resources you might find helpful.
  • Lots of opportunities in the urban waterfront. Ready for exploration.
  • Opportunity Rocks: Public Engagement at the Waterfront

    1. 1. OPPORTUNITY ROCKS<br />Why our (urban) waterfront is uniquely suited for interpretation<br />Maria Mortati<br />Public Engagement at the Waterfront<br />IDEO/7 Story<br />Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    2. 2. URBAN WATERFRONT<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    3. 3. APPROACHES: ONE THING AT A TIME<br />HISTORIC/ARTISTIC/SCIENTIFIC/YOU-NAME-IT<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    4. 4. Ledia carroll’s historic lens<br />The Mission Dolores after which the Mission neighborhood was named was built in 1776 on the site of this ancient now-vanished lake, Lago Dolores. This project was done through Southern Exposure Gallery.<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    5. 5. Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    6. 6. Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    7. 7. Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    8. 8. HIDDEN ECOLOGIES MACRO/MICRO<br />INFORMAL & SCIENTIFIC<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
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    12. 12. OUTDOOR EXPLORATORIUM<br />EXPERIMENTS IN NOTICING<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
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    21. 21. CONSIDERATIONS<br />USE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE<br />TEMPORARY, SMALL PROJECTS<br />CAN ADDRESS LONG TERM DURABILITY<br />PARTNER WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    22. 22. MANY DIFFERENT APPROACHES, ONE SMALL ASPECT CAN BE VERY POWERFUL<br />THE URBAN WATEFRONT IS A BIG TOPIC<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
    23. 23. www.mortati.com/waterfront<br />SOME RESOURCES YOU MAY FIND HELPFUL<br />Maria Mortati | Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010<br />
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