City’s Second Living Innovation Zone Unveiled in UN Plaza

Sound Installation Coupled with Investments to Improve Quality of Life Will Aid Civic Center Transformation into Inclusive Public Space Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled Sound Commons in United Nations Plaza, a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) partnership with the Exploratorium and San Francisco Planning Department. Sound Commons is a sound-based installation composed of interactive musical elements designed to encourage social interaction and play, also serves as a symbol to unite the Civic Center District. This LIZ project is part of an initiative designed to activate and restore Civic C...
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PUC To Host Open House And Present Civic Center Sustainable Plan

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites the community to an open house which will feature the newly completed Civic Center Sustainable Utilities District Plan! The open house will introduce people to the final plan and its integral role in the Planning Department’s upcoming Public Realm Plan for Civic Center. Details about this project, as well as a full electronic copy of the final Plan can be found at www.sfwater.org. The Sustainable Utilities District Plan incorporates the following objectives for San Francisco’s Civic Center: Reduce water use and increase water efficiency ...
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Civic Center: A sense of place

Sense of place: Civic Center’s a festive place when the Giants are celebrating another World Series triumph or revelers gather after the Pride Parade. Now, bureaucrats want to see if they can bring some of that life to the area and its central plaza year-round. “We want to turn it from an empty, “come look at me as a picture” space into something that invites you to stay a while,” said Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning for the City Planning Department. Next week, the department will begin working with four other city agencies on a coordinated plan for what it calls the “public re...
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Civic Center CBD to Hold Meeting to Offer Input on New Playground Designs for Plaza

The Civic Center CBD's Capital Improvements and Planning Committee will hold a special meeting with the organization spearheading the redesign process of the two playgrounds in Civic Center Plaza, the Trust for Public Land. This is an opportunity to se the plans that have been developed over the past year and offer input. The meeting is open to everyone so please pass this along to anyone that may be interested. WHEN: May 20, 2015 - 9:00 am WHERE: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street You can find information about the project, and previous meeting presentation materials on the webs...
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Market Street Prototyping Festival. Shaping the future of Market Street

Market Street runs through the heart of our beautiful city, yet it can feel uninviting and disconnected. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the James L. Knight Foundation believe that Market Street should bring together people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds. That’s why they’ve joined forces to help us make it a more engaging and vibrant destination. An open call for creative ways to improve Market Street yielded hundreds of submissions from citizens and organizations. Fifty of these submissions were chosen to create rough models, or “prot...
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Civic Center Sustainable Utility District Plan Workshop #2

This is the second of three planned public workshops. The project team will present concepts in the Draft Civic Center Sustainable Utility District Plan. Input from workshop attendees will help guide the finalization of the District Plan. When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Where: Atrium Conference Room (2nd Floor), 1 South Van Ness Ave. (at Market St.). Directly above the Van Ness Muni Metro Station and two blocks east of the Civic Center BART Station, 9th St. exit). Workshop Agenda 5:30 PM         Open house (snacks and beverages provided) 6:00 PM         Presentation...
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Learn More About the Sustainable Civic Center District Plan, Attend Open Workshop

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 5:30 to 8:00 pm (agenda info forthcoming) Where: Atrium Conference Room (2nd Floor), 1 South Van Ness Ave. (at Market St.). Directly above the Van Ness Muni Metro Station and two blocks east of the Civic Center BART Station, 9th St. exit). Please RVSP as space is limited.   In September 2008, the Civic Center District was designated as a “Sustainable Resource District”, promoting it as a future model for sustainability and cutting-edge environmental technologies. The SFPUC’s Sustainable Civic Center District Plan, funded by a grant from the EPA, wi...
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