Friday, March 2, 2012
Douglas Burnham's concept to bridge two barren blocks on San Francisco's Octavia Street is superb. He borrowed ideals from the ancient marketplaces of Rome and Greece to replicate the collision of commerce/culture in his "Proxy" prototype. By poaching spent shipping containers and repurposing them into storefronts, he created a modern day pop-up complete with art, food and shopping. I love the Paxton practicality- the entire hub is modular and mobile but suggests an intentional and lasting footprint needed to resuscitate the community. Genius.