Author Archives: Blaine

Showplace Triangle shows up in a clothing ad


Rebar’s Showplace Triangle is featured in a recent commercial for LRG Clothing called Letting the Kids Play Part 2. Although it wasn’t designed for skating, the plaza occasionally ‘stacks functions’ as urban oasis and adventure playground.

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CJM Green City event features Rebar, 4/5/12 @ 6:30pm


Rebar’s Blaine Merker is a featured speaker at the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s next gallery talk, Green City “Mix Tape”, on April 5th at 6:30pm. (Rebar’s “Nomadic Grove” is part of the Do Not Destroy exhibition, and can be seen in …

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Commission begins for Contemporary Jewish Museum at Jessie Plaza


New project! Nomadic Grove, commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in downtown San Francisco, is now under construction at the Rebar studio.  The project is an experimental outdoor landscape sited at the museum’s entrance and consisting of an archipelago …

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Rebar commissioned for interactive light sculpture at Jackson Plaza, Seattle


Another new commission! Rebar begins 2012 with work on an exciting project in Seattle: an interactive light sculpture designed to activate the newly built Jackson Plaza at night. The piece will respond interactively to the motion and proximity of people …

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Apprenticeship applications now accepted for Winter/Spring 2012


Emerging designers, artists and urban instigators take note: the Rebar studio in San Francisco is now accepting applications for Apprenticeship positions starting early in 2012. Actual start date and duration is flexible, but we do have an application process. Applicants must …

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The Public Laboratory for Open Source Technology


The name alone makes you want to check out what these guys do. And what they do is pretty neat: Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. We …

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Park(ing) Day After Party

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Party after Park(ing) Day with the creators, in San Francisco


Rebar to host Park(ing) Day 2011 After-Party in San Francisco

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United Nations proposes “Resolution on Sustainable Urban Development through Access to Quality Urban Public Spaces”


The United Nations proposes a resolution calling for “resilient” public spaces and Invites Governments and local authorities to facilitate the use of public spaces of cities such as streets, parks and markets to foster social, cultural, economic and environmental convergences so that all …

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Juneau Day 4: Sho-Globe pops up in Marine Park


Tomorrow lunchtime….the state capitol…

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Juneau Day 2: The shell emerges!


Whoa, day 2 has been huge! Many of our volunteers have commented that they’ve done more ironing in the last day than in their whole lives. It’s strange that architecture and ironing….two ends of the domestic spectrum…are converging in the …

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‘From eyesores to eye-catchers': LA Times reports on interim use strategies for vacant sites


Nathaniel Popper’s excellent article on interim use on vacant sites, which chronicles efforts across the US. (And mention of Rebar on p.3): http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/16/business/la-fi-stalled-construction-20101216

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