The Pop‑Up Village is led by Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) and an assortment of community partners in the Bay Area. The Village is a site activation tool that harnesses the power of design to catalyze the magic that emerges when people and programs come together in public space. Its mission is to use mobile architecture and active programming to turn blighted and/or vacant urban outdoor spaces into beautiful and regenerative community hubs that help under-resourced communities of color get access to the resources they need to thrive. It does so by bringing together a constellation of activities and resources — health and wellness, arts and culture, youth and family, retail, food, and education — in customized buses, vans, pop-up shops, furniture, and other types of mobile architecture.
In addition to being a beautification project, the Village helps with public safety by activating unused sites, increasing economic and education opportunities, providing greater access to social service resources, and increasing levels of trust within the community.
In 2019 the Village completed a pilot round of events in San Francisco and in West Oakland. At time of writing in late 2020, DJDS is working with a constellation of partners to bring the Village to the Bayview and Fillmore neighborhoods of San Francisco.
See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project