WALKSTOP

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A San Francisco based Voluntary group, the WalkStop concept was conceived by a City R+D event with a small group of D5 residents with strong professional and/or personal interest in urban planning, the environment, safety and community identity in late summer 2010. The concept won the Best Strategy from Good Magazine, who called it “feasible,” “relevant,” “inspiring,” “focused,” “achievable,” and “shareable.”

 

TYPE

Installation / Public Engagement

LOCATION

San Francisco, CA

TIMELINE

2010 - present

STATUS

Active

 
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WalkStops enrich the neighborhoods as they locate the resident, merchant, or tourist in time and place to the neighborhood they are in. They connect communities, encouraging walkers and cyclists to understand the interconnectivity of micro’hoods.

WalkStop brings the concept of San Francisco’s Better Streets Project to life, making a better City for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit. Each WalkStop has a distinctive, yet unified streetscape that encourages walking, calms traffic, greens urban corners, and connects communities.

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Each Walkstop consists of interactive oral histories relevant to the local neighbourhood, and provide a posting space for events. Integrated wayfinding provides proximity of interesting features, maps, compass and directional signs with distances.

 
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Projects include a temporary interactive wayfinding installation for parking day 2011, Gorilla wayfinding installation on Haight Street, Duboce Park Walkstop proposal, and streetscape improvements at Haight & Fillmore as part of the current MTA Lower Haight Improvement Project.

MFLA’s Partner, James Munden, is co-founder and lead designer for Walkstop. The voluntary non-profit group has been successful in securing funding for various temporary and permanent installations in the Lower Haight Neighborhood; obtaining full support from the local community via transparent and inclusive methods of public engagement.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

James Munden