One month after a unique field test, Active Rest has been a success!

Last month, Active Rest emerged at San Francisco's unique and thought-provoking Market Street Prototyping Festival by giving any passerby the chance to stare, crawl, climb or just chill with our little geoformic oddity. 

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Our piece joined over 30 other selected installations designed to help activate the city by getting citizens and visitors to interact and through this reinvigorate a mighty but somewhat banal streetscape. 

Active Rest seeks to play a number of different roles:   sculpture, climbing wall, performance backdrop, beacon, along with a veiled inner space for rest, reflection, or temporary privacy.  As the duality in the name implies, we sought to create a piece that can programmatically capture both ends of the spectrum of human activity; which we feel means more use and therefore more engagement amongst what we hope is a wide cross section of the city's populace.

In the spirit of the festival, Active Rest was presented as a prototype generated out of plywood that had been cut using CNC milling technology. 

Here is a quick recap of its journey through fabrication, assembly, and of course, ACTION!

After successfully crowd sourcing over $5,000 on Indiegogo, the WoodShed got to work procuring 120 sheets of plywood and using two CNC mills to fabricate these sheets into the 1,500 unique pieces that make up Active Rest. 

The 1,500 pieces of 1/2" plywood that make up Active Rest getting sorted as part of pre-assembly.

The 1,500 pieces of 1/2" plywood that make up Active Rest getting sorted as part of pre-assembly.

After two weeks of cutting, sorting and pre-assembling, we took to Market Street and assembled the whole piece overnight on April 8.  A BIG thanks goes out to the more than 20 Academy of Art University students from the architecture school that not only helped with the fabrication but also the assembly on that exciting night.

Assembly being done overnight on Market Street.

Assembly being done overnight on Market Street.

Lining up one of the upper rings that laterally ties the upper portion together.

Lining up one of the upper rings that laterally ties the upper portion together.

Done with assembly!  The sun is now up, 12 hours to assemble the prototype in total.  The goal for a next iteration is to make it able to be assembled by two people, using only basic tools, in 4 hours or less.

Done with assembly!  The sun is now up, 12 hours to assemble the prototype in total.  The goal for a next iteration is to make it able to be assembled by two people, using only basic tools, in 4 hours or less.

Over the next three days, thousands of passers by checked out, touched, and (especially) climbed on Active Rest.  The response was phenomenal and through this festival and its subsequent diassembly for future reuse we've learned a lot to carry forward as we continue to hone this prototype.

Of course, we have a lot of people to thank, which you can find on our project page here

 

Check out these links if you'd like to learn more:

Market Street Prototyping Festival

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Podcast Recorded following the event by the festival's major sponsor, the James L. Knight Foundation

San Francisco Planning

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Welcome to the WoodShed Collaborative website!

We are an open collaborative of designers based in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon that look for opportunities to experiment with ideas and installations on the scale of architecture and urbanism.  We couldn't be happier to have finally carved out a little digital space to show some of our work - with some developed as far back as 2009 and others currently in progress.  Keep checking back to see more as we add our backlog of work to this website.
 

We're also excited to say that we already have some exciting news to share.  WoodShed Collaborative's Active Rest has been selected by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco's Planning Department to participate in the 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival (MSPF).

If you would like to donate to the cause, our crowd-funding effort is live on Indiegogo here.  We would deeply appreciate any amount you might be willing to give to help see this ambitious installation brought to fruition.

Take a look at the 2015 MSPF website to see some of the other entries that are participating (look for us under the Retail Heart area).  If you are in San Francisco April 9-11, come down to Market Street to check out the myriad of prototypes in person and, of course, pop by our installation to say hi. You can see our campaign pitch video below.