Selected press and periodicals covering Rebar’s work include:
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.
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.
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 of Architecture is currently underway in the Arsenale, aformer maritime structure, and the nearby Giardini, a large waterfront park.
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. 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.”
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.
By John King. Indeed they do, and they are open to you!
By CNN/Rebar. Watch the video on PARK(ing) Day from CNN’s “News to Me” program.
By Elizabeth Giddens. Another NYC take on the local PARK(ing) Day activities in that fine town.
By Jim Dwyer. PARK(ing) Day NYC goes off without any shots fired!
By Hannah Karp. Ping-pong? Protesters? Check out the nifty (if incomplete) interactive map.
By Amy Standen. NPR considers all things PARK(ing) Day.