Press Archive

Selected press and periodicals covering Rebar’s work include:

Citizen’s Rest: Redefining the city’s relationship to its streets, San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program is encouraging residents to stop, sit and relax in the most unexpected of places.

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 a tree and a park bench and got ready for a couple hours of lounging.

June 5, 2010
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Seizing the Streets: How Rebar and other artsy renegades reignited a movement to reclaim the urban environment

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 of a few outlaw urbanists, designers, and artists.

November 17, 2009
Bushwaffle: relax in the comfort of your own city

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

January 5, 2009
Miracle social aux Giardini

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

November 1, 2008
America the Dutiful

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


October 21, 2008
A Visit to the Venice Biennale of Architecture

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 of Architecture is currently underway in the Arsenale, aformer maritime structure, and the nearby Giardini, a large waterfront park.

September 24, 2008
City parking wins battle over art

by Francine Kopun

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


September 20, 2008
Rejoice! It's time to reclaim the car park

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

September 19, 2008
Across globe, instant parks replace parking spots.

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

September 18, 2008
Civic Adventures with the Rebar Design Collective

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. Oh, and three guys from San Francisco taking time off from their day jobs to show the results of a partnership they describe as an “open forum for outlandish ideas.”

September 9, 2008
Next American City
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.

June 1, 2008
Little-known open spaces enhance downtown S.F.

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

March 23, 2008
Excerpt from "News to Me"

By CNN/Rebar. Watch the video on PARK(ing) Day from CNN’s “News to Me” program.

October 15, 2007
Parks on a Lark

By Elizabeth Giddens. Another NYC take on the local PARK(ing) Day activities in that fine town.

September 23, 2007
Putting It in Park, So to Speak

By Jim Dwyer. PARK(ing) Day NYC goes off without any shots fired!

September 22, 2007
Why Protesters Are Playing Ping-Pong in Your Parking Space

By Hannah Karp. Ping-pong? Protesters? Check out the nifty (if incomplete) interactive map.

September 21, 2007
Park(ing): Car Space as a Park

By Amy Standen. NPR considers all things PARK(ing) Day.

September 21, 2006