San Jose ZERO1 Biennial 2010

Type: Temporary Installation

Role: Designer studio instructor and project lead with Kory Bieg [digital fabrication]

Date: September 2010

Budget: $ 10.000,00 ZERO1 Biennial San Jose

Notes: OPspace is featured in “Architecture in the Expanded Field”, Editors: Ila Berman & Douglas Burnham, ORA Publisher, expected print fall 2015 and in “Brackets 03: At Extremes”, Editors: Maya Przybylski & Lola Sheppard, Actar Publisher, expected print fall 2015

CitySpaceShare is a pilot project being conducted by students and faculty at the CCA URBANlab, an advanced research and design studio supporting project-based initiatives in architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The goal of the project is to demonstrate how flexible architecture and a “Zipcar” style short-term rental model can contribute to the cultural and economic development of a neighborhood by giving communities the tools to reclaim unoccupied storefront spaces on a temporary basis.

Downtown San Jose’s SoFA District was selected as a testing ground for this project because the neighborhood currently suffers from a 40% vacancy rate of street-level storefronts in its commercial core. Working with ZER01, students researched demographics, met with local community members, and proposed a series of flexible architectural prototypes. OPspace—which stands for OPportunities, OPen, and OPerable—is the selected design from the broader CitySpaceShare project being tested at the 3rd 01SJ Biennial. The installation is defined by hinging hexagonal sections that operate similarly to the leaves of an expandable table. By shifting the orientation of the sections a wall becomes a table, or a chair becomes a shelf.

OPspace was installed inside the storefront space of WORKS/San José where students are testing their architectural design through a series of programs created with the local community ranging from bike kitchen to fashion show to DJ lounge. During AbsoluteZER0, OPspace also extended into the street in a structure built specifically to facilitate programming inside the confines of a metered parking spot.         







Project Lead //

Mona El Khafif I Kory Bieg [digital fabrication] 

Team Credits //

Student Team: Josh Campos, Alexa Getting, Brittany Glover, Richard Lyttle, Carlos Martinez, Jeronimo Roldan, Lauren Tichy, Fabiola Vargas, Mike Vargas, Rachael Yu, and Maryam Zahedi. The CCA URBANlab was founded by the director of CCA Architecture Dr. Ila Berman.