21 February 2017
Power Play: Design and the City
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Phyllis Wattis Theater at SF MOMA

151 3rd St

San Francisco

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Today, many urban designers are creating public spaces that are open, interactive, and engaging, such as the High Line in New York City and the new South Park renovation in San Francisco. Increasingly, play has become a strategy that designers use to prompt participation between residents, their environments, and each other. At the same time, urban landscapes in the Bay Area and beyond are being transformed by rapid development, with pressures to privatize, police, and speculate on space. Join SFMOMA for a series of talks and discussions with curators, architects, planners, and strategists that explore the role of play and the dynamics of power in illuminating the history, understanding the present, and determining the future of our sought-after public spaces.

Use code PARTNER2017 for a discounted admission rate


February 21: Histories of Bay Area Urban Design
  • Robert Kett, curatorial assistant, architecture and design, SFMOMA
  • Benjamin Grant, urban design policy director, SPUR
February 28: Theories of Public Spaces
  • Walter Hood, professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and urban design, UC Berkeley
  • Susan Moffat, project director, UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative
March 7: Tactical Interventions
  • Liz Ogbu, principal, Studio O
  • Douglas Burnham, principal, Envelope A+D
March 14: Injecting Play
  • John Bela, director, Gehl Studio
  • Allison Arieff, editorial director, SPUR
March 21: Reinventing the Commons*
  • David Fletcher, landscape architect, Fletcher Studio
  • Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA