When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public
Imagine Lower Haight. Image by Flickr user Amyseek.

Imagine Lower Haight. Image by Flickr user Amyseek.

Project News
Seeking temporary project ideas in collaboration with the Lower Haight Public Realm Plan

The “Call for Ideas” is officially closed.

All applications are being reviewed and an announcement on the selections will be made shortly. Thank you to everyone who participated or gave input.

Have an idea for a temporary public space installation and/or public program? The San Francisco Planning Department’s Groundplay program in coordination with San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco MTA are requesting creative proposals to enhance and invigorate the public spaces in Lower Haight as part of the Lower Haight Public Realm Plan (LHPRP). The LHPRP is a community-initiated plan that aims to improve the functioning, aesthetics, safety and use of the public realm in Lower Haight. We are looking for exceptional and creative temporary concepts that will encourage interactivity, communication and inspiration within the Lower Haight neighborhood.

Tactical urbanism, or low-cost temporary changes to the built environment, has proven a robust tool for inspiring communities to participate in the design and construction of everyday public spaces. Since the LHPRP will consider how to strategically add new spaces and activities to help to enliven the Lower Haight’s public realm, we can use temporary installations or public programming to try out new concepts.

Project sponsors are responsible for conducting neighborhood outreach, managing the design and permit process, and stewarding or overseeing the idea. Sponsors assume liability and will ensure that if the project is an installation, it will be well maintained and kept in good repair. Planning will assist the applicant on project + permit coordination and interagency design review. All projects will need to receive all required City permits,. The total budget for the Lower Haight tactical project is $45,000. Project sponsors can request smaller amounts given the scope of the project.

For complete guidelines and entry criteria, please visit:

Questions? Call or email:
Jessica Look, Project Manager (415) 575-6812 jessica.look@sfgov.org


The Project At-A-Glance

Open Call Period: February 21, 2017 to April 3, 2017
Selection Announced: Mid April, 2017
Project Total Funding: $45,000
Project Duration: TBD, but generally between 1 to 12 months




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