Youth Art Exchange’s Advanced Architecture Firm—all San Francisco public high school students—designed, prototyped, and built several modular adaptable street furniture installations for the Excelsior neighborhood.
The prototypes at YAX and Excelsior Coffee were designed and built by high school students, while the prototype at Casa de Apoyo is designed by Atelier Cho Thompson, with seating components designed by high school students. The moveable street furniture will include both seating and planters featuring local plants recommended by Poder’s Hummingbird Farms.
These street furniture prototypes can be replicated and adapted to multiple locations throughout the Mission Street Corridor, providing seating, lighting, and beautification of the sidewalk realm as well as building community in the Excelsior Neighborhood.
In the works since 2016, the Excelsior Street Furniture Pilot has brought the community together in support of a unified vision for streetscape improvements, and provided students with an opportunity to design their neighborhood, gaining real-life skills in design and construction as well as community engagement and facilitation.
There are currently three Excelsior Street Furniture Prototypes:
Youth Art Exchange’s [x]space Street Furniture
5137 Mission St. at Geneva Ave.
The Excelsior Community Parklet
In partnership with Excelsior Coffee
4495 Mission St. at Excelsior Ave.
Casa de Apoyo Community Resource Hub Street Furniture
Latino Task Force’s community resource hub, and future home of Excelsior Action Group (EAG)
4834 Mission St. at Onoganda