Author Archives: Blaine

SOAK hits Kickstarter – you can get a piece of the action


First let’s get to the big news: a Rebar design that has been under wraps for over a year is now public and it’s on Kickstarter. (It’s the first Rebar project to land on Kickstarter and we’re as excited as…well, …

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Presenting PXSTL at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis


Blaine Merker and Liz Ogbu represented their joint team as one of three finalists selected from a pool of more than 50 nominated designers and artists for PXSTL, a temporary project commissioned by St. Louis’s Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts …

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Opening Celebration for Embarcadero Plazas! – Tuesday, July 23rd, 6-8pm


[check out our previous post on the project] You are invited to the opening celebration of two “parklet” public access spaces on the Embarcadero, commissioned by the Port of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission during …

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Driverless cars will spawn office cubes in parking spaces, big box stores downtown


According to Harvard researchers, via the New York Times: Harvard University researchers note that as much as one-third of the land in some cities is devoted to parking spots. Some city planners expect that the cost of homes will fall as more space …

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Pop-Up Plazas open on San Francisco’s Embarcadero


In preparation for the summer of America’s Cup races and final September matches, Rebar and San Francisco’s Exploratorium created two Pop-Up Plazas and public space laboratories called Experiments in People-Watching, which instruments and enlivens the most popular of urban activities—observing others. …

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SOAK looks for a site, plus good news from Arup


Do you get excited when you find a quarter under your seat cushion? That’s the feeling you get from talking to the engineers at ARUP when they analyze your design for a rainwater harvesting, solar powered, portable spa and tell …

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All these lights


The Grouch & Eligh show up the streets and spaces of the city we love (& work & play in) so well. Hello San Francisco, Hello East Bay. A nice visual shoutout to one of the world’s largest urban art …

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SOAK


Pop-up spa activates vacant urban sites and harvests water and energy

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Merchants Exchange Building


Rebar designed and installed a wintertime display of interactive public art at the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco. The array of 60 stylized “icicles” pulsed with color and rhythm that evoked heat and frost simultaneously, enlivening this venerable space …

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Nomadic Grove


A meditation on rootedness in the relentlessly changing city

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The ‘parklet’ wave is about to hit Chicago


Look out Windy City! What started with Park(ing) Day and became a household name in SF is rolling out in Chicago. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-02/entertainment/chi-the-parklet-wave-is-about-to-hit-chicago-20120802_1_parklets-sidewalk-cafe-mini-parks

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Atlantic Cities on Street Hacking


Emily Badger’s article in the Atlantic Cities that came out today discusses the innovation hotbed that is San Francisco, Pavement to Parks, hackathons, permits, and Rebar. Great article on a topic that’s percolating into the public discourse. http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/05/street-hacker-officially-embraced/1921/#

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