SAN FRANCISCO 2016

Tenderloin - System Update

Eleven is proud to announce its second international ideas and design competition. For this challenge, we move to California and ask: how do you solve a problem like San Francisco’s Tenderloin?

We call thinkers, architects, designers, students and multidisciplinary teams from around the world to design innovation by submitting a proposal for turning one of the most deprived, dangerous and disconnected neighbourhoods in the USA into the model-district of the future.

The competition will precede a series of global spin-off events, exhibits and publications.

Our event sponsors Project Night Night, a fantastic San Francisco based charity, whose noble mission is to help homeless children across the USA dream a better future.

Get stuck in and compete for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, media goodies and secure global exposure!

For this challenge - Eleven's first urban competition - we focused on San Francisco, California. Today, this city is one of the world's most desirable locations, and is one of the global hubs for innovative technologies. At the same time, San Francisco is home to the Tenderloin district. This area, which exists at the geographical heart of the city, continues to be one of America's most distressed neighbourhoods, a harbour to low income families and a growing marginated homeless community,  where high levels of crime, violence and drug-related activity give it a reputation as a highly dangerous and feared place.

The competitions sought the answer to four fundamental questions. Firstly, how can you turn one of the most distressed neighbourhoods in the USA into a model district to inspire a new 21st century inner-city regeneration model that steers away from Gentrification? Secondly, can technology play a key role? Thirdly, how can we imagine a new form of Regeneration which engages with the local community and context rather than overshadow them? An finally, how can the Tenderloin be turned from an isolated urban-island into a new centre for San Francisco?

The design community around the world has responded with some fantastic proposals!

Charitable Cause: This competition was run in support of 'Project Night Night', a fantastic San Francisco-based charity, whose noble mission is to help homeless children across the USA dream a better future.


winner

EC3827

Louise Pearson, Yiran Li , Matthew Drury & Thea Harris
(Australia )

The Tender Track Faced with extraordinary troubles of drugs, crime, prostitution, homelessness and poverty, the Tender Track transcends barriers and unifies people; placing beauty, delight, fun and exploration at the heart of the community as an antidote to everyday life. The Tender Track is a new, free tram line that connects a sequence of magical, unpredictable, extreme and unforgettable places that are unveiled along a mile long journey through the heart of the Tenderloins. It is a must see destination designed, built and run by the local community. Social, cultural and ecological programs line The Tender Track galvanising its role…

runner up

EC3511

Charlotte Durand-Rival, Chloé Durrieu, Simon Forget & Emmanuel Chesné
(France)

Urban Playground When talking about Tenderloin : “Be careful, only a few blocks away, and it’s an entirely different place. Not a place for visitors, the atmosphere is heavy, you will see the scary thin bodies of junkies, homeless people and prostitutes, it’s best not to linger.” Far from being an urban legend, the Tenderloin triangle is avoided at all costs, and is at the opposite of the funky, arty reputation of hip San Francisco. Our project is based on the notion of “resuscitation”, or how to give a new impulse to this abandoned neighbourhood, while at the same time…


Honourable Mentions:

EC3693

Michelle Lauren Zucker & Karla Diaz
(USA)

OPT[IN] The Story San Francisco’s notorious Tenderloin district houses a diverse + vibrant community comprised of artists, students, families, and perhaps most notably, the city’s largest homeless population [63%]. The current homeless residents [4,191] have limited or no access to basic urban rights such as proper sanitation, adequate shelter, and privacy. With housing options already scarce, residents are faced with a particular disadvantage when trying to move from the shelter or street, as many lack the required qualifications to be considered. Gentrification of the surrounding areas threatens to push residents out of the Tenderloin altogether. Despite these obstacles, a resourceful…

EC3684

Peter Liang, Eric Reeder, Naichi (Nestor) Ou & Hsin Chin (Jean) Wu
(USA)

Regenerative Intersections: WATERWORKS in the Tenderloin WATERWORKS is a proposal to re-envision the streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, and in particular its intersections, as a cyclical water-based neighborhood micro-infrastructure with nodes of social interaction and employment. The Tenderloin thrives via streets. This is where neighbors, friends, business associates and strangers coalesce. The streets are the Tenderloin’s lifelines and each intersection establishes unique opportunities for specific local interactions. Based upon an analysis of context, we posit that pin-point interventions can provide rejuvenation and community sustenance, promoting service and opportunity to the neighborhood inhabitants and visitors alike. Vital insertions (at intersection) from…

EC3671

Justin Beadle & Helen Schneider
(USA)

Rich In Convenience The majority of the apartments in the Tenderloin are Single Room Occupancy (SRO) condensing all the functions of an apartment into a single room. In one way they are a wonder, not only has their structure helped stave off gentrification, but they also contains an impressive density of life. Sadly, at some point it reaches capacity and begins to constrain the life of its residents. Cooking a family meal, watching a movie with friends or enjoying solitude in the sun are all difficult, if not impossible, for the residents of an SRO. This is a spatial problem…

EC3668

Andrés Bruzzese, Juan Camps, Ignacio Correa & Santiago Cazales
(Uruguay)

Greenloin THE CONTEMPORARY CITY In the current growth pattern of the city, the economic development demonstrates environmental and social deterioration. UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH Urban zones are where the highest consumption of resources is observed, as well as the principal emission of residue and contamination. The depletion of resources and biodiversity as well as the mounting residual emissions and contamination are the common denominators in most contemporary cities. On a planet with finite resources it is impractical to conceive of cities with unlimited growth in terms of population, economy and industry. The access to quality food and drinking water simultaneous with the…

EC3599

Sylwia Gudaczewska, Piotr Orłowski, Olga Konopliova & Mateusz Zwierzyński
(Poland / Belarus)

TENDERLOIN HABITAT San Francisco always was destination for people with big dreams, looking for new life. Today, San Francisco city is home for giant corporations like Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn and many others. Together with those investments property prices and rental rates have rocketed. This effect is being felt across the classes, with more people forced to move out of town due to its increasingly prohibitive rates. These places occupy the people who stand on the rent, which leads to the gentrification of many urban areas. Next to some of the most fashionable and high-end districts, in the heart of the…

EC2855

James Zhou & Xinzhuo An
(China)

Tenderloin The Incubator STAGE 1: The proposal starts with redefining a portion of the Single Room Occupancy hotels, which are considered as the most problematic issue deeply rooted in the Tenderloin area. A new eligibility criteria system is set for these redefined SROs, which specifically target for talents who are in low income but have great ideas. People like freelancer, work from home worker, and startup techie will benefit from this new type of housing supply. The redefined SROs equip with necessary facilities and building services such as low bedroom/bathroom ratio, security, and high speed internet, in a way to…


people's choice

EC3667

PT Group Architects
(Italy)

Art-Identity-Technology Tenderloin is a district with an artistic vocation since its origin, with many areas dedicated to various spontaneous forms of art, including murals. These artistic works identify a collective social activities, an urban art, which expresses an hands-on form of overlapping between imaginary and reality. To preserve the specific identity of the neighborhood, entrusting the task to the art to activate a regenerative process that emerges from within and, at the same time, to integrate the entire district to the city acknowledging the specific technological skills of the Bay Area, the project aims to identifying artistic means and instruments…



Jury:

Meet our fantastic jury team, consisting of international world-class architects, designers, academics, researchers, editors and visionaries!

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Kristi Loui

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

Kristi Loui

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

Amy Frearson

Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen (London, UK)

Amy Frearson

Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen (London, UK)

BFI

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (Brooklyn, USA)

BFI

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (Brooklyn, USA)

Carlos Arnaiz

Founding Partner, CAZA (Brooklyn, USA)

Carlos Arnaiz

Founding Partner, CAZA (Brooklyn, USA)

Chris White

Associate, BIG (New York, USA)

Chris White

Associate, BIG (New York, USA)

Hasdai Westbrook

Editor, Impact Design Hub (Baltimore, USA)

Hasdai Westbrook

Editor, Impact Design Hub (Baltimore, USA)

John Barton

Director of the Architectural Design Program, Stanford University (Stanford, USA)

John Barton

Director of the Architectural Design Program, Stanford University (Stanford, USA)

Jonny McKenna

Associate Director, Metropolitan Workshop (London, UK)

Jonny McKenna

Associate Director, Metropolitan Workshop (London, UK)

Karen Nelson

Dean, Boston Architecture College (BAC) (Boston, USA)

Karen Nelson

Dean, Boston Architecture College (BAC) (Boston, USA)

Leon Rost

Associate, BIG (New York, USA / Copenhagen, Denmark)

Leon Rost

Associate, BIG (New York, USA / Copenhagen, Denmark)

Lewis Knight

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

Lewis Knight

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

Matthew Mazzotta

Urban Artist + Lecturer, MIT (Boston, USA)

Matthew Mazzotta

Urban Artist + Lecturer, MIT (Boston, USA)

Roger Hawkins

Founding Partner, Hawkins/Brown (London, UK)

Roger Hawkins

Founding Partner, Hawkins/Brown (London, UK)

Trent Tesch

Design Principal, KPF (New York, USA)

Trent Tesch

Design Principal, KPF (New York, USA)

NAP+P

Winner of 'Cambodia 2015' Competition (Thailand)

NAP+P

Winner of 'Cambodia 2015' Competition (Thailand)