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other: downtown renaissance

ARCSINE
Hospitable City	
The engine of Oakland's downtown renaissance is its
deeply innovative dining and cocktail landscape.
Concentrated along 19th Street in the city's Uptown
district, this tight-knit community of craft bars, cafes,
restaurants, and music venues has been hard hit as
civic life ground to a halt in March 2020. With several
former and current clients mired in this dilemma, we saw
opportunity to re-examine the role and responsibility of
a hospitality design firm in these times. Over sketches
and video calls, our friends shared their hopes and goals
for adapting and thriving amid fluid pandemic-related
use restrictions.
If imposing more barriers contradicted the basic tenet of
hospitality, we reimagined 19th Street as a Commons-an
open-air food and social destination, where locals can
emerge from isolation and reconnect with familiar friends
in new contexts.
To extend hospitality into the open city, the proposal
repurposes excess traffic and parking lanes with myriad
opportunities to connect over food. A series of intimately
scaled and approachable architectural activations link
established venues, and more importantly, their kitchens
and staff, with satellite facilities literally at their doorstep.
The modest hardscape interventions enable operators to
offer new service models by means of flexible dining and
service areas beyond brick and mortar, while sidestepping
occupancy limits and at the same time offering reasonable
distances for restaurant runners and service workers.
Communal streetside kiosks and coffee carts are
equipped to serve both pull-up and walk-up patrons,
preserving valuable interior space for reservation dining.
Other interventions on adjacent surface parking support
pop-up specialties and farm-to-bicycle basket dropoff
locations. Kiosks housing bicycle valets and community
ambassadors greet patrons along the sidewalk. Wayfinding
graphics and repositionable modular seating offer visual
and ergonomic cues to make social distancing intuitive. ❙❘❚

Design Team: Arcsine

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