Market Street Prototyping...

Call for Architects, Artists, Builders, Crafters, and Makers!


Market Street Prototyping Festival

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014




:an original model from which others are developed

:a first example that is used as a model for later

:your opportunity to change the face of Market Street


The Festival

This April, for the first time ever, Market Street will transform into a public platform, showcasing exciting ideas for improving the famed thoroughfare and how we use it. Winning entries, as diverse and exciting as the people of San Francisco themselves, will be brought to life for three days along Market Street, where millions of pedestrians will have the chance to experience, explore, and interact with the prototypes.


The Goal

The goal of the Festival is to unite diverse neighborhoods along Market Street, encouraging these vibrant communities to work together in building a more connected, beautiful San Francisco. This unique collaboration is a partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Knight Foundation.


The Prize

              $2,000 stipend towards fabrication

              Work directly with District design and community leaders to help shape the implementation of your design

              Your built prototype will be featured on San Francisco's world-class thoroughfare (Market Street) during the Market Street Prototyping Festival from April 9-11, 2015

              Potential incubation of your prototype to be incorporated into the long term streetscape upgrades of San Francisco's grand civic boulevard


We invite you to push the limits of your creativity and submit groundbreaking ideas to the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Winning entries will be given the funding, workspace, and mentorship necessary to make their visions and reality.


And who knows? Your idea may become San Francisco's newest icon. Submit your project:


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Pen and Ink
Color Pencil
Traditional Photography
Digital Photography
New Media
Digital Art
Printmaking (hand pulled)