Soda Spear Street Pop-Up Party
The Soda team has partnered with students from California College of the Arts to improve and enhance the Spear Street Cul-de-sac. Student teams will design and prototype ideas to transform the Spear Street Cul-de-sac into a valuable neighborhood public space.
Come check them out from 12-4 pm at Spear Street and the Embarcadero!
The Spear Street Pop-Up Party is part of the South Downtown Design & Activation Plan, a larger planning effort led by the San Francisco Planning Department. The South Downtown Design & Activation Plan aims to develop a comprehensive vision for the design, implementation and stewardship of the public spaces within the neighborhood surrounding the Transbay Terminal and Rincon Hill, and in doing so, create designs that foster vibrant streets and open spaces, support high performing transit operations and encourage active transportation choices for the people who live, work and visit the district. One of the main goals of the South Downtown Design & Activation Plan is to help foster a sense of community and shared identity around the emergent neighborhood among the residents and employees of the South Downtown and immediately adjacent areas.
The Spear Street Cul-de-sac has been identified by the City and CBD as an underutilized space within the district. In close coordination with the Planning Department, the Community Benefit District and the Port, students will develop designs and ideas to create a valuable space in the Spear Street Cul-de-sac. Designs should reflect the needs and desires of the community and can range in scale, style, activation and programming.
The Pop-Up Party next to Spear Street will act as a final review for the students, as well as, a celebratory end to the semester. The party will be open to the public to allow neighbors to view designs that the student teams have come up with. The final review will also include small built prototypes that student teams will create to accompany the designs. The Pop-Up Party will serve as a valuable end to the students' semester to allow the community to interact with the designs and for students to get real feedback from neighbors who are invested in the space.