Saturday: The UP Festival Comes to SOMA. What’s the UP Festival?

The other day, I stumbled upon the Urban Prototyping Festival, which is happening smack dab in the middle of SOMA this Saturday afternoon, for ten straight hours.

What in the world is the Urban Prototyping Festival, you ask?

It’s a celebration of , well, urban prototyping, that will transform four blocks of our fair neighborhood into “a living laboratory of urban experiments.”

Three stages of live performance, four discussion panels, and three keynote talks will accent the true focus of UP:SF – the 20+ design and technology projects showcasing the ability of citizens to rethink how we use and innovate in our public space.

The centerpieces of UP: San Francisco are the more than 20 design and technology projects created either as responses to our Open Call for proposals, or prototyped in 48 hours at our Urban Makeathon in September. Collectively, these projects showcase and celebrate principles of rapid prototyping, tactical urbanism, and participatory design – supporting an environment where the city itself serves as a platform for citizens to contribute to improving the public realm.

If that doesn’t already sound interesting, I would venture to guess that you live in the wrong city. But you can get all sorts of information by checking out their website.

I actually will be out of town this weekend, but if anyone happens to check this out, please contact me and I’ll share your photos/video/recap here.

Here’s a Map of the Festivities:

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Event Details:

What: The Urban Prototyping Festival (UP)
When: Saturday, October 20th from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 5M at Fifth and Mission Street, South of Market, San Francisco
More Info: Visit the Official Website Here


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