Design: Student Graduate Awards
Unaccepted Streets: From Paper to Reality
Seal Beach, CA
Lead Designer: Sarah Moos, UC Berkeley
Advisors: SPUR; Marcel Wilson, Bionic Landscape; David Beaupre; Port of San Francisco,
AECOM, San Francisco
With few remaining parcels available to provide public open space amenities for urban residents, this project proposes urban design strategies to transform San Francisco’s underutilized right-of-ways into an accessible open space network connecting the City and its communities to the Blue Greenway, to existing open space, and to each other. The project studied underutilized right-of-ways throughout the southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco and their capacity to improve the public realm within this formerly neglect part of the city. Developed from extensive research, analysis, and fieldwork of unaccepted and paper streets forms of underutilized right-of-ways–the project suggests a transformation from an unimproved streetscape to a new form of urban open space, one that capitalizes on underutilized fragments and strategically pieces them together into pedestrian-friendly passageways permeating the city.