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Lots K + L

  • Where

  • Octavia at Linden

  • When

  • September 2010, exact date TBD

  • Cost

  • free

Due to the economic downturn there are a lot of empty lots and parcels scattered throughout the city where construction has been put on hold. Recognizing that these abandoned places are unsafe dead zones within the arteries of a thriving city, active city residents, local artists and architects contend that in the meantime, these sites can be occupied by alternative, temporary installations: such as pop-up retail spaces, restaurants, art pieces, gardens or community meeting places.

For the empty lots along the Octavia Boulevard architectural firm Envelope A & D have proposed some inspiring, vibrant alternatives to the currently dead zones…using refurbished shipping containers (re-using shipping containers and dumpsters seems to be all the rage these days and you might remember some similar techniques at play in the Presidio Habitats exhibit space).

So come early September what can you expect to see in Hayes Valley….well in the works are pop-up shops for Smitten Ice Cream , a beer garden for local German resto Suppenk├╝che and pizzeria Delfina will be serving up their coveted wood-fired pizzas.

Envelope A & D delivered their project proposals to the Hayes Valley Neighborhood association a couple of weeks ago and you can see the slideshow they presented for inspiration here.

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