Portfolio Orange right arrow Challenging the Commons: A yearlong experiment tests a new breed of urban public space in San Francisco

By Marianne Amoss. On June 21, a group of people gathered in a plaza outside a building in downtown San Francisco. Forming a circle, they began to gesticulate with their arms and make chattering noises with their mouths. Security guards approached and asked them to leave. The group refused: this is a public space, they said, and we can do what we want here.