REBAR, the Juneau Design Lab artists, took on the challenge of public space in San Francisco. One of their solutions was the creation and installation of “parklets” – platforms that transformed parking spaces into a place for pedestrians to meet and hang out. On particular project addressed the crowding concern in front of a sequence of cafes and restaurants, where customers often crowd the narrow sidewalk and occasionally spill into the street.
REBAR’s Blaine Merker described the aesthetic in a story on SF StreetsBlog:
“The idea was to have a magic carpet of bamboo. It creates a sense of prospect and refuge for people who want to inhabit the street.”