Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for Humanityis working with Lincoln Motor Company and Architectural Digest to redesign a neglected cul-de-sac into a thriving community hub. Located in the diverse neighborhood of Portola, the 1 Burrows Pocket Park will set a precedent for future public space improvement projects in the city.
Located on the dead-end of Burrows Street, this neglected space has become a frequent target of vandalism and illegal dumping. To reclaim the street, the nonprofit Architecture for Humanity San Francisco reached out to the Portola Neighborhood Association to re-imagine the underutilized street space as a community park. In June 2013, the first phase of the Burrow Streets park project was finished, however, outside investment was required for the park’s completion.
Thanks to funding from The Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest, the community project is moving forward and is slated for completion early next year. An initiative by the Lincoln Motor Company, The Lincoln Reimagine Project collaborates with and invests in visionaries of the arts, design, and thought leadership across the country. The additional funding will provide significant upgrades to the pocket park such as site furniture, an informational kiosk, a locally designed mural and a living green wall.
“Transforming unused public spaces around the world into functional, valuable resources greatly benefits local communities and fosters continuous innovative design,” says Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. Sinclair stated that he hopes the Burrows Street Project will inspire other community groups, architects, and corporations to re-imagine unused spaces as engaging and valuable public space.
Images via Lincoln Reimagine Project