Mar. 11, 2021

Creating Transformational Community Space at PROXY

Open Space, SFMOMA’s online journal, asked Envelope founder Douglas Burnham to share lessons learned over a decade of cultivating culturally rooted public space at PROXY and other San Francisco sites. Edited by Robin Abad Ocubillo, the issue examines “the promise and problematics of ‘participatory urbanism’ and public space, asking who participates — and how — in constructing urban places.” In his essay, “A Durational Interim,” Douglas reflects on how intentional benchmarks and tactical approaches work to create transformational, interim activations where everyone feels at home.