San Francisco, CA
Urban Prototyping: San Francisco
Situated in a single parking space at 357 Ellis St. between Jones St. and Taylor St., the latest PPlanter trial (with the new and improved PPlanter 2.0) ran from July 12th to July 24th. The Street Trial is one step in a masterplan put forth by NOMTL CBD, in partnership with the Hyphae Design Laboratory. The design goal is to providelow-cost, rapidly deployable, community based, ecological sanitation solutions to the Tenderloin and North of Market Street community. The Street Trial provided an opportunity to test some innovative greening strategies, to collect data on daily water and waste flows, as well as their maintenance requirements, and to get feedback from the community on usability and privacy.
The Street Trial also provided an invaluable process for the team to collaborate with the City of San Francisco agency partners, including Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Public Health (DPH), the Mayor’s Office, and Supervisor Jane Kim’s Office to work out permitting logistics. For the Street Trial, design considerations included traffic patterns, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and health codes. An innovative maintenance checklist was also developed for the project with the help of DPH.
Over the course of the two-week trial, volunteers from YWAM SF assisted with daily maintenance, logged data, and collected feedback from the public. Compiled data and feedback from the trial was used to inform the design of the full public toilet installation planned for 2014.