Announcing the City Making Schedule of Events

Photo by Matthew Millman
We are pleased to share the full line up for City Making, our nine-month series of installations, wanderings, happenings, and conversations that look critically and optimistically at San Francisco’s future. From invisible histories to cashless transactions, from gentrification to psychogeography, and from regenerative microbes to reengineering community, City Making, kicking off on September 19, explores the inner cultural, social and functional mechanisms of our city.

Here's the scoop on City Making’s ten grant recipients and schedule of events. Join our mailing list to receive information about updates and additions.

Lines Made by Walking
09.19–10.19 2014
Artist Ilyse Iris Magy leads epic urban walks to locations along the city’s waterfront, marking points of interest, both from predetermined and spontaneous criteria. Through rigorous physical charting as well as visual representation, Magy facilitates the collective mapping of our relationship to the landscape, both internal and external. To see the schedule or sign up for a walk, go to

09.19–10.19 2014
Artist Miguel Arzabe’s sightlines is an exploration of sites encircling San Francisco’s tallest building, the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Arzabe traces sightlines to the Pyramid from various locations satisfying three conditions: They 1) are accessible by foot on public lands; 2) sit at equal elevation to the tower’s apex; and 3) have an unobstructed line of sight. From this map was conceived a codex composed of interlocking concrete tablets. The artist will lead trips to the sites and embed these tablets into the earth.

I Love Extremophiles 
10.24–10.26 2014
East Coast experimental landscape studio GRNASFCK transforms StoreFrontLab into a campaign headquarters in solidarity with urban microbes. In a performative installation, the artists will host a series of dialogues and actions that explore a largely untapped form of urban development: environmentally regenerative bacteria that thrive in hostile, contaminated urban environments. 

Massive Urban Change
11.07-12.14 2014
Massive Urban Change, a project by Eliza Gregory with Nicole Lavelle, examines gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission district by collaboratively mapping controversy and the physical remaking of the neighborhood.

01.09-02.07 2015
Give explores the collective city as a space between the object and the viewer. Through the sculptural layering of donated clothing, blankets and a collection of fabric goods provided by the community, artists Juliana Raimondi and Bird Feliciano create an immersive site where one can get lost in space and, at the same time, reconnect with each other. 

The Society of Submerged Culture 
02.20–03.22 2015
Artist Lauren Hartman hosts guest lectures, workshops, and performances that explore the many facets of submerged culture. San Francisco has a rich history of submerged culture ranging from sunken ships under the Financial District to a coastline dotted with shipwrecks. Artifacts and experts tell the stories of what lies beneath us.

Big Sale
2.20–03.22 2015
KIDmob’s Big Sale designs a transaction market that builds community and tests social interaction-based design through the exchange of not-your-average-store-bought goods. This performative event draws in street-goers through a predictable and commercialized storefront language, yet engages the audience through cashless transactions. 

The Department of Cautionary Warning 
04.03–04.25 2015
The Department of Cautionary Warning is a trans-municipal paragovernmental organization seeking to enhance the creative expression of urban environments and the interpersonal consciousness of their inhabitants. Cofounded by Nicolaus Wright and Kathryn Doherty-Chapman, the Department enables people to alter, transgress, re-contextualize, transmute, and modify the public physical environment in service of the phenomenal experience.

Office Work 
04.03–04.25 2015
Around the world, technologies and ideologies emerging from San Francisco are re-engineering creativity, community, and labor. But is this re-engineering sustainable? What impact is it having on artistic and administrative inquiry? Office Work – developed by artists Jon Gourley, Carrie Katz and The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth and Clémence de Montgolfier) – is a participatory workspace, waiting room, and archive that intends to turn the notion of bureaucratic process on its head in order to facilitate meaningful encounters between individuals, work, history, ideas, catalogues, dreams, fears and cultural aspirations.

Urban Symposium
Ongoing through 2015
San Franciscans are angry. They are angry about the city, their city, as exemplified by an ongoing storm of headlines, sound bites, and neighborhood tensions. Google bus protests and Twitter tax breaks. Ellis Act evictions and another proposition to limit building heights. Given the seemingly disconnected conscious of our city and its citizens, and a desire to encourage learning from each other, this series of events will consist of small social experiments in the midst of more familiar conversational symposium styles. Urban Symposium, an ongoing series led by architects Lyndon Manuel and Leah Nichols, fosters an interactive and participatory dialog about urban development as it relates to the city’s current socio-economic environment.

Also happening this fall at StoreFrontLab:

City Makers
Ongoing through 2015
Cosponsored by TraceSF: Bay Area Urbanism, this salon will host candid conversations highlighting the work of women from all fields — architecture, planning, landscape, policy, art, research and more — through the lens of "the making or mending of the city." In the spirit of city making, the salon create a place of camaraderie and community rooted in the convivial exchange of ideas.