Celebrating a world-class thoroughfare through the imagination of a world-class community

The Legacy

For over 150 years, Market Street has been the internationally-renowned main artery of San Francisco. But a street as wide and busy as Market Street can often disconnect neighboring communities and residents. These challenges lead us to ask the question:

Can we, as a community known for creativity and innovation, bring our own voice to urban design and redefine how we engage and connect with each other over this miles-long stretch of iconic public space?

What does tomorrow’s Market Street
look like to you?

“San Francisco, let me beat my feet up and down Market Street” – Judy Garland, in the song ‘San Francisco’

Teams Announced
October 29, 2014

April 9-11, 2015

The Festival

This April, for the first time ever, Market Street will transform into a public platform, showcasing exciting ideas for improving our famed civic spine and how we use it. Winning entries, as diverse and exciting as the people of San Francisco themselves, will be brought to life for three days along Market Street’s sidewalks, where millions of pedestrians from all walks of life will have the chance to experience, explore, and interact with the prototypes.

The Goal

The goal of the Prototyping Festival is to unite diverse neighborhoods along Market Street, encouraging these vibrant communities to work with designers, artist and makers to build a more connected, beautiful San Francisco. This unique collaboration is a partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Knight Foundation. A diverse jury of more than 50 makers, artists, thought leaders and community stakeholders reviewed the hundreds of submissions received by the October 10th deadline. Ideas were chosen based on their creativity, sense of community, potential to make Market Street a more vibrant public space and ability to identify Market Street as uniquely San Francisco.

Winning entries will be given the funding, workspace, and mentorship necessary to make their visions a reality.