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By Erin Feher. In 2005, San Francisco art and design collective Rebar stocked up on quarters and took over a single, metered downtown parking space for two hours. Instead of squeezing in a car or motorcycle, they rolled out sod, brought in …


By Molly Freedenberg and Steven T. Jones. San Francisco’s streets and public spaces are undergoing a drastic transformation — and it’s happening subtly, often below the radar of traditional planning processes. Much of it was triggered by the renegade actions …


By Barbara Michaels. A “Personal Space Softening Device” or genetically engineered mega-candy? You decide.


By David Leclerc. A critical review the American Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. En Français.


By Eric Holm. Delivering our tired and poor . . . to the Venice Biennale.  


By Paul Deitz HENRY JAMES, IN “THE WINGS OF THE DOVE,” CALLED VENICE’S PIAZZA SAN MARCO “THE drawing-room of Europe.” But currently, the attention is less at James’s “splendid square” than at themouth of the lagoon. The 11th Venice Biennale …


by Francine Kopun Art returns to its lair, treats wounds, prepares to fight another day.  


By Bibi van der Zee. Today is international park(ing) day, when activists reclaim parking spaces and turn them into mini green parks.


By P.J. Dickerscheid. An AP story reprinted worldwide.


By John King. Red-hot architects from around the world will gather next week in Venice to mingle and gossip and show off what’s new. Frank Gehry will be there and Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, and Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog. …


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 …


By John King. Indeed they do, and they are open to you!