Urban Prototyping panel recordings now online!

Thanks again to everyone who came out to our inaugural Urban Prototyping Festival October 20! We’re pleased to announce that recordings of all four of our incredible UP:SF panel discussions are now available online! Visit the links below to watch each panel and learn more about the principles behind UP from some of the world’s preeminent experts in placemaking, design thinking, prototyping, and urban data. Every panel was overflowing out the door during the festival, and showed just how quickly interest in this this movement is growing. Thanks again to all our panelists, and keep the discussion going by visiting UP on Facebook and Twitter!

Art as Placemaking Tool
Moderator: Laura Crescimano (Site Lab Urban Studio)
Panel Guests: Sanjit Sethi (CCA Center for Art and Public Life), JD Beltran (SF Arts Commission), Joseph Del Pesco (Kadist Foundation), Scott Doorley (Stanford Design School)
Art is a powerful tool for social change that can uncover and amplify new possibilities for public space in real time. This panel will explore the role artists can play in placemaking and community building, calling upon examples of recent work from celebrated local artists and urban interventionists.

Design Thinking in Cities
Moderator: Scott Paterson (IDEO)
Panel Guests: Shane Myrbeck (Arup), Scott Witthoft (Stanford Design School), Mona El Khafif (CCA), Ben Cerveny (Bloom.io)
Designing and prototyping for the public realm carries a unique set of constraints, opportunities, and inspirations along with it. The design thinking methodology has the potential to inform how we see, feel, and experience our cities, as well as shaping traditional planning and procurement processes. This panel will explore how a human-centered approach can result in a more livable and enjoyable urban fabric through design.

Formalizing Experimentation: From Prototype to Infrastructure
Moderator: Liz Obgu (CCA)
Panel Guests: Ben Grant (SPUR), Matt Passmore (Rebar), David Alumbaugh (San Francisco Planning Department),Christopher Guillard (Conger Moss Guillard)
With Park(ing) Day inspiring the formal permitting of parklets throughout the city, San Francisco has established itself as a leader in formalizing projects in the public realm which began as citizen-driven experiments. This process is now being considered for an entirely new suite of projects to reshape the public realm, with this festival playing a key role. This panel will explore how informal design projects can pave the way for more lasting changes, how this model compares with more traditional design processes, and how Urban Prototyping can help shape this movement in the Bay Area and beyond.

Urban Insights: Learning about Cities from Data & Citizen Sensors
Moderator: Peter Hirshberg (GAFFTA/ReImagine Group)
Panel Guests: Sha Hwang (Trulia), Genevieve Hoffman (NYU Tisch), Michal Migurski (Stamen Design),Shannon Spanhake (City of San Francisco), Jeff Risom (Gehl Architects)
Collection and visualization of urban data have quickly become powerful tools for municipal governance. Citizens now have the capacity to act as sensors, data analysts, information designers, or all of the above to help cities better understand themselves. This panel will focus on the evolving role of open data and its applications to the public sector.