Today, many urban designers are creating public spaces that are open, interactive, and engaging, such as the High Line in New York City and the new South Park renovation in San Francisco. Increasingly, play has become a strategy that designers use to prompt participation between residents, their environments, and each other. At the same time, urban landscapes in the Bay Area and beyond are being transformed by rapid development, with pressures to privatize, police, and speculate on space. Join SFMOMA for a series of talks and discussions with curators, architects, planners, and strategists that explore the role of play and the dynamics of power in illuminating the history, understanding the present, and determining the future of our sought-after public spaces.
Robert Kett, curatorial assistant, architecture and design, SFMOMA
Benjamin Grant, urban design policy director, SPUR
Walter Hood, professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and urban design, UC Berkeley
Susan Moffat, project director, UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative
Liz Ogbu, principal, Studio O
Douglas Burnham, principal, Envelope A+D
John Bela, director, Gehl Studio
Allison Arieff, editorial director, SPUR
David Fletcher, landscape architect, Fletcher Studio
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA
*Please note that this class takes place offsite. Check back soon for details.