Last Thursday a number of community members and artists met with the Gensler San Jose design team to do a design charette where everyone was able to express and share their visions and goals for Fountain Alley. The ideas ranged from temporary to permanent, active to passive, and offered numerous options of interventions in the alleyway.
Some of the concepts:
- Night market
- String lights
- Light art
- Modular seating and structures
- Landscape and greenery
- Urban art destination
- A fountain!
Ideas generated will either be actualized in the pop-up (as best as possible) or noted as part of a greater public process on the community vision and goals of Fountain Alley.
Check out the photos below!
A quick update on some back-end work on the project!
- We have connected with the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office on the project. Both are supportive of the project.
- We have met with the Office of Cultural Affairs on the project and got a better understanding of permitting the pop-up.
- We continue to let surrounding businesses and residents know about the work.
- A meeting was hosted between some community members, artists, and designers of Gensler San Jose to get feedback on current design interventions and future visions.
- We are figuring out next steps on how to share the workload and recruit artists.
- The first event will be in early November 2016. Date TBD.
Stay tuned for more!
Last Tuesday, August 9, I hosted an Info Meeting at Cafe Eden in downtown San Jose. Truthfully, I was pretty nervous coming into it - thinking naturally if people would show up. Even after doing my due diligence in outreach, I was still thinking the worst case scenario. So to my surprise when over 25 people showed up, I was absolutely ecstatic.
That evening we went through the general context of perceptions of Fountain Alley, other alleyway interventions in other cities, the project scope, and the potential future vision. Everyone gave valuable feedback on both the vision of the alleyway, where they would like to see the project become, and general comments on the project scope itself. Many of the comments were passionate, indicative of how long people have been thinking about the alleyway.
It was great to see both longtime San Jose community members with those recently relocated. I'm really taking to heart how much people care about downtown and want to get involved.
Thanks to all the attendees whom came to learn more about the project. Thanks to everyone who helped share the meeting. Thanks to Cafe Eden for hosting us.
More developments soon.