Collaborative multi-use community space in San Francisco, CA (USA)

  • Ilaria Salvadori University of California at Berkeley
  • Renata Valente ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ University of Campania
Keywords: social architecture, tactical urbanism, multi-use park, community building, youth participation in the planning process


This paper illustrates the state of the art of temporary design as a tool of Tactical Urbanism with a specific focus on a successful regeneration project in San Francisco. Playland at 43rd Avenue is a community-driven, participatory project on an under-utilized lot. The paper illustrates the community design process, methodology, design and construction phases, stakeholders involved, sponsor and budget required for the project’s realization. Interesting and unique aspect of the project is the involvement of youth in the whole planning process – from neighborhood’s existing needs assessment to the idea generation, design, construction and maintenance of this project that has been enjoyed by all ages. Focusing on the specifics of the design and implementation process of the project it is important to explain its success and to offer a blueprint for its replicability.

Author Biographies

Ilaria Salvadori, University of California at Berkeley

Urban Designer and Lecturer at the College of Environmental Design, she is Urban Design Staff at the City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department. She coordinates urban design and regeneration projects (the Groundplay Program for Tactical Urbanism) and community-based public realm plans (Mission District Streetscape Plan, Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan, Mission Public Life Plan).

Renata Valente, ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ University of Campania

Associate Professor in Architectural Technology at the Department of Engineering. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the College of Environmental Design of the University of California, Berkeley (USA), and leads the Unicampania Research Unit in PRIN 2015 Adaptive Design and Technological Innovations for the Regeneration of Urban Districts in Climate Change Project.


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How to Cite
Salvadori, I. and Valente, R. (2018) “Collaborative multi-use community space in San Francisco, CA (USA)”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 4(online), pp. 105-112. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/4132018.
Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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