Story Hour: Tactical Urbanism

A collaboration with Design Museum SF, join us on the swissnex parklet for stories about how design can improve cities, told live and onstage.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 17, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Get ready for an evening that is part stand-up comedy, part open mic, and all inspiration. Join for Story Hour! The theme for the evening’s storytellers: Tactical Urbanism. We’re excited to partner with Design Museum SF outside on the new swissnex parklet—the perfect venue for this subject.

Story Hour offers the opportunity to share tales of creativity and exploration, live and onstage. It begins with a theme and a group of storytellers. Each story is unique, drawing from the teller’s interpretation and experience. Whether it’s a student’s first forays or an established professional’s years of practice, their range of perspectives offer inspiration, commonality, and good fun.

Our September parklet events are a part of AIASF’s Architecture and the City festival, happening all over SF.


Andrea “Ray” Boyle

As co-founder of Our City Network, Ray works with cities, non-profits, private sector industries, and native creatives to help transform the landscape of our built environment through participatory culture. She has been creating participatory experiences at the city-scale since 2010, transforming bridges into green lawns, billboards into contemporary art installations, and building large-scale interactive art pieces. Her work centers around the belief that by creating non-polarized spaces for shared experiences, we can help bridge the divide between us and “the other,” and ultimately design communities that are more inclusive, healthier, and happier.

Andri Bryner

Andri Bryner is a hydrologist and a journalist. He has been working as a media officer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) since 2004. Together with the Austrian designers from EOOS several Eawag departements are participating in the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC)” of the Gates Foundation. Together they are developing the Blue Diversion ToiletHe is currently in residence at swissnex San Francisco observing how science and water-related communication is handled in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Read some of his insights (in German) on his blog.  

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is the visionary behind The Bay Lights, asking in September 2010, “What if the Bay Bridge were a canvas of light?”  Two-and-a-half years later, after teaming with internationally renown artist Leo Villareal, a vast and passionate community had come together to fully permit, design, install, fund, and celebrate an historic, transformative moment—the March 5, 2013 grand lighting of the world’s largest LED light sculpture.

For more than a quarter century, Ben has led communications on civic mega projects and matters of public safety, public health, public transit, the environment, urban revitalization and public art. He is the artist behind Pi In The Sky, a featured work of the 2012 ZERO1 Art & Technology International Biennial and SXSW 2014.

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author of 10 books, written by night; by day, she does battlefield triage in San Francisco’s class war.

Benjamin Grant

Benjamin Grant is Urban Design Policy Director at SPUR and a city planner, urban designer, curator and lecturer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently heads SPUR’s interagency Master Plan for Ocean Beach.

Nathan John

Nathan John is a designer, writer and visual artist based in Oakland, California. Prior to joining envelopeA+D, Nathan’s work leveraged the ethos and techniques of the hacker/maker movement and the material palette of the architectural avant-garde in testing the potential of small, temporary interventions to reorient our perceptions of urban environments. Nathan continues to build on this body of work as well as draw on his experience in community outreach through his management of envelope A+D’s PG&E Hunters Point project. A child of the suburbs, he fell in love with cities while working as a bicycle messenger in Dublin, Ireland, and he’s been fascinated with them ever since.

Maryanna Rogers

is a researcher and designer based in San Francisco.  She designs (physical and social) spaces to foster community, learning, and wellbeing and teaches courses on design thinking, art as research, design research, and urban design.  She is currently an independent consultant and lecturer at Stanford University in Urban Studies and at the Stanford school.




More info

What is Tactical Urbanism? Design can improve livability in communities everywhere. A core principle of a great design process is prototyping to test and validate (or invalidate!) new ideas. Tactical urbanism is all about trying new things to improve the built environment. These projects involve so many interesting elements and relationships, and can truly become passion projects for creative residents looking to make their streets, neighborhoods, and city better.

Design Museum SF
Design Museum SF is a new, nomadic museum focused on educating the world about design. They are based in San Francisco, but don’t have their own gallery space. Instead, they are a distributed museum with exhibits & events all over town.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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