sf2016

SAN FRANCISCO 2016

Tenderloin - System Update

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

  • 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…
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Runner-up

  • 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…
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People's Choice

  • 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…
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Honourable Mentions

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  • Michelle Lauren Zucker
  • Karla Diaz
(USA)
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  • Peter Liang
  • Eric Reeder
  • Naichi (Nestor) Ou
  • Hsin Chin (Jean) Wu
(USA)
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  • Justin Beadle
  • Helen Schneider
(USA)
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  • Andrés Bruzzese
  • Juan Camps
  • Ignacio Correa
  • Santiago Cazales
(Uruguay)
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  • Sylwia Gudaczewska
  • Piotr Orłowski
  • Olga Konopliova
  • Mateusz Zwierzyński
(Poland / Belarus)
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  • James Zhou
  • Xinzhuo An
(China)

View all of our other amazing entries

Jury Members

andrea

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

kristi

Kristi Loui

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

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Kristi Loui

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

amy

Amy Frearson

Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen (London, UK)

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Amy Frearson

Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen (London, UK)

BFI

BFI

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (Brooklyn, USA)

BFI

BFI

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (Brooklyn, USA)

carlos

Carlos Arnaiz

Founding Partner, CAZA (Brooklyn, USA)

carlos

Carlos Arnaiz

Founding Partner, CAZA (Brooklyn, USA)

CW

Chris White

Associate, BIG (New York, USA)

CW

Chris White

Associate, BIG (New York, USA)

hasdai

Hasdai Westbrook

Editor, Impact Design Hub (Baltimore, USA)

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Hasdai Westbrook

Editor, Impact Design Hub (Baltimore, USA)

johnbarton

John Barton

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

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John Barton

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

jonnymckenna

Jonny McKenna

Associate Director, Metropolitan Workshop (London, UK)

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Jonny McKenna

Associate Director, Metropolitan Workshop (London, UK)

karen

Karen Nelson

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

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Karen Nelson

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

LR

Leon Rost

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

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Leon Rost

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

lewis

Lewis Knight

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

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Lewis Knight

Senior Associate, Gensler (San Francisco, USA)

MM

Matthew Mazzotta

Urban Artist + Lecturer, MIT (Boston, USA)

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Matthew Mazzotta

Urban Artist + Lecturer, MIT (Boston, USA)

roger

Roger Hawkins

Founding Partner, Hawkins/Brown (London, UK)

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Roger Hawkins

Founding Partner, Hawkins/Brown (London, UK)

trenttesh

Trent Tesch

Design Principal, KPF (New York, USA)

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Trent Tesch

Design Principal, KPF (New York, USA)

camb

NAP+P

Winner of 'Cambodia 2015' Competition (Thailand)

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NAP+P

Winner of 'Cambodia 2015' Competition (Thailand)