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Past Events
Urban Prototyping presented by Rebar

On a Wednesday in 2005, Rebar converted a single parking space into a public park. Today “parklets” dot streets around the world and have changed the way we think about public space. Rebar continues to challenge how we engage with civic space through Urban Prototyping, an emerging movement that makes city design more innovative, collaborative and immediate.

6pm: Our urban-proto-parklet party begins. We’re reclaiming parking spaces on 24th street to fill with modular furniture, a modular stage, live music and bicycle tacos.

7pm: Matthew takes the stage for the evenings exploration of urban prototyping, including the very first glimpse at a new set of prototyping tools for testing and designing bicycle infrastructure.

Matthew Passmore is an artist, urban explorer and public space advocate. He currently directs Rebar’s public art program. As a founder and principal at Rebar, Matthew initiated the first Rebar project, the Cabinet National Library, in 2004. He has generated the concepts for other well-known Rebar projects, including PARK(ing) Day, Street Life and EnCanment. He lectures at venues around the globe on the role of artistic experimentation in improving the quality of the public realm.


Rebar is an interdisciplinary studio in San Francisco working at the intersection of art, design, and ecology.

July 21, 2013
Demo 6:00 | Talk 7:00
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street