MARCH 17, 2016
Anna Halprin led a participatory sensory walk performance from the California Historical Society at Mission St. and 3rd St. to the Museum of Performance + Design at Folsom and 5th St in celebration of MP+D’s exhibition opening of Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin. There was a series of musical sensory experiences across the Yerba Buena Gardens area imagined and cued in by Anna Halprin. The score of the sensory walk will remain available to the public as a take away at MP+D and CHS from March 18 through June 4, 2016 and can be used for a self-guided activation of the walk.

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OCTOBER 31, 2015
a commemoration in several parts: an investigation of our relationship to a place (Surplus), 2015
October 31, 2015 – November 20, 2015
Surplus Space Portland, Oregon
transition2senseofplace LAB was invited by Gabe Flores, the director of Surplus Space – an alternative gallery in Portland – to create a work in October that would mark the final show and the end of the space.

a commemoration in several parts is an investigation into the physical and emotional properties of Surplus Space and the area surrounding it, as well as the relationship Surplus Space has had with its community.

senseofplace LAB invited contributions from the community to create this project. Thru working with the Surplus community over a period of three days, senseofplace LAB created a three-part installation as an artistic reflection on the inside/outside of the space, to tell the layered stories of this place.

OCTOBER 16, 2015
from Haiku #1 2012-2015from Haiku #1, 2012-2015 11.5 x 20.5″ C- print, found frame
was donated, along with another work, to:

senseofplace LAB was included in a project by Stephanie Syjuco, as part of the exhibition: PUBLIC WORKS: ARTISTS’ INTERVENTIONS 1970S–NOW at Mills College Art Museum, CA. Curated by Christian L. Frock, independent curator and writer, and Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA.

AUGUST 24, 2015
Plaza 16 Coalition Rally and Press Conference @ 16th Mission BART. Markings (Dear Developer) in the background.

JULY, 2015

surrounded by…, 2015. Paintings and drawings by Jed Miner created during his senseofplace LAB residency in June/July 2015. Installation and photos by senseofplace LAB.

The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue. – Rebecca Solnit

JUNE 24, 2015
First collaboration with senseofplace LAB Artist-In-Residence Jed Miner.

JUNE 9, 2015
Markings (Dear Developer) installed at 16th/Mission BART Plaza. Made possible by a Caltrans Environmental Justice: Context Sensitive Design Program grant.

MAY 18, 2015
senseofplace LAB had the pleasure of participating in a student presentation by 3rd graders, as part of a project with Center for Cities + Schools.
argonneThis spring a team of architects and planners from UC Berkeley Center for Cities +Schools Y-PLAN program engaged all third grade students in a series of activities to analyze the local built environment and study best practices in sustainability. They worked collaboratively to translate their research into proposals for a healthier, more eco-friendly environment. As students engaged with this challenge, they sharpened their skills in problem-solving, visual literacy, civic participation, and public speaking.

MAY 15, 2015
senseofplace LAB event at May Third on 3rd in Bayview, with College Track students.
MAY 8, 2015
Action as part of the Take City Hall event on May 8, 2015. Photo by Peter Menchini.11187336_929278110469918_4440252108547436887_o

MAY 1-3, 2015
senseofplace LAB is included  in the stARTup Art Fair ~ A Simple Collective – Room 302 ~ Hotel Del Sol,  San Francisco

MAY 2, 2015
senseofplace LAB is included in the Parking Lot Art Fair: May 1st from 7am till 1pm. To be located near Fort Mason [more details closer to the event].
At 11am there will be a panel discussion with Glen Helfand, John Zarobell, Amy Mutza, Maria Porges and Mark Van Proyen.
APRIL 25, 2015
signsenseofplace LAB was planning to collaborate with Outlook Theatre Project on a series of on-site performances at The Lex on April 25th to honor the space. The evening was organized by the Lex and called “We Belong” . It was the goodbye party for the last lesbian bar presently in San Francisco, as of April 30, 2015.
lex for webWe decided to honor the space by dancing.

APRIL 9, 2015
Collaboration with Gensler Architects on an Exchange Portal for the Market Street Prototyping Festival.
SPOTLIGHT [on Bayview] Exchange Portal is a reference to flyposting posters on city walls, and people using the street to communicate issues meaningful to their community. The work uses the form of visual street messaging to give people a voice regarding their community. Each poster used in the piece includes an image by a College Track student, that visualizes what they would protect (#ProtectBayview) and change (#ChangeBayview) in their neighborhood. The diptych is formed as a dialogue about changes in Bayview. The project also invites the public to use their camera as their voice, and share what they think should be protected and changed in Bayview, and uploading their images with either hashtag.

Image below for auction, all of the proceeds went to College Track.org

APRIL 17, 2015
senseofplace LAB created an event for Bayview’s Third on 3rd. Dimitri Moore’s film Point of Pride; A People’s View of Bayview and Hunters Point [official selection of the 2015 Cannes Festival] was shown on 3rd St. People shared their thoughts after the screening.

MARCH 25, 2015
Presentation at the school of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Received a Caltrans Environmental Justice: Context Sensitive Design Program grant, for a large-scale public art project at 16th/Mission BART Plaza.

JANUARY 30, 2015
senseofplace LAB was included in the following event at the American Institute of ArchitectsSF:
Date: Jan. 30, 2015 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
To Register:
Location: AIA San Francisco   130 Sutter Street  Suite 600   San Francisco, CA  View on Google Maps

Placemaking encourages action. Join us for a half-day event where we will explore:

  • How San Francisco can further embrace, participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement
  • What City government can do to better support community driven Placemaking from the top down
  • What we can learn from Placemaking success in San Francisco and beyond
  • How to support and leverage grassroots Placemaking efforts, create a demand for Placemaking, and inspire a culture of engagement and ownership within our communities.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration. Lunch is provided.
Interactive Poster Board – What other movements connect with and enhance Placemaking?
Interactive Poster Board – What is your definition of Placemaking?
Presentation Poster Boards – Various SF Placemaking efforts.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions. Why does Placemaking Matter?

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session #1: Placemaking as a Movement. How can San Francisco further participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement?

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session #2: Place Governance and Place Capital. How can we rethink governance to support Placemaking?

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Session #3: Innovation, Community Districts and Place-making. How can innovation efforts and Community Districts better embrace and take advantage of Placemaking?

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Session #4: Break Out Groups: Create an Action Plan

4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Report back and wrap up

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Reception hosted by Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its 10th anniversary. This reception is a fundraiser to support the Center’s annual programming. A donation of $20 is suggested. To register for the reception, click here.

The summit will feature remarks by and conversations with:

  • Laurie Halsey Brown | senseofplace LAB
  • Noah Budnick | Incoming ED SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Marina Christodoulides | MK Think
  • Hunter Franks | Neighborhood Postcard Project
  • Eliza Gregory | Massive Urban Change
  • Aaron Jon Hyland | Placemaking San Francisco
  • Jennifer Jones | AIA San Francisco
  • Ethan Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Mike Lanza | Playborhood
  • Blaine Merker | Gehl Architects
  • Mary McCue | CEO MJM Management Group
  • Dan Parham | Neighborland
  • John Rahaim | Director of San Francisco Planning Department
  • Kara Riggio | Placemaking Chicago
  • Peter Smith | Place Leaders Asia and CEO (City Administrator) of Adelaide Australia
  • Scott Wiener | Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8
  • Michael Yarne | Build, Inc. and Up Urban, Inc.


NOVEMBER 20, 2014
senseofplace LAB included in a SF Chronicle article:


NOVEMBER 20, 2014
senseofplace LAB is included in the exhibition Place/Displaced up until December 13 at SOMArts.

NOVEMBER 18, 2014
senseofplace LAB created a project with Alicia of Bibliocicleta and SFBC  for the NOW! Festival.

NOVEMBER 14, 2014
Participated in “What’s Your Issue” presentation at the DeYoung Museum.

OCTOBER 10, 2014
An aspect of Marking [for DOTD] was included in The 15th annual Day of the Dead exhibition Visions at Twilight: Dia De Los Muertos on view October 11–November 8 at SOMArts.

OCTOBER 4, 2014
senseofplace LAB participated in the Plaza 16 Coalition March and Community Festival, which included a social engagement action regarding changes in the neighborhood, with Eric Nielson.
senseofplace LAB participated in Bayviews Third on Third event, which included a social engagement action regarding changes in the neighborhood, with Marie Applegate of bahay c-1

AUGUST 24th, 2014
senseofplace LAB handed out materials with Plaza 16 Coalition as part of Sunday Streets in the Mission.

AUGUST 15th, 2014
senseofplace LAB participated in Bayviews Third on Third event, which included chalk drawing workshops with local youth.
JULY, 2014
senseofplace LAB is now partnering with Neighborland.

APRIL 2014
senseofplace LAB is now a part of the Incubator/fiscal sponsorship program with Intersection for the Arts.

MARCH 2014
Comment from Joel Pomerantz, Director of ThinkWalks:
Your affirmative, inquisitive and novel way of approaching things has always inspired me. Keep thinking up amazing ways to do things!

Included in the project: How to Finish a Thought by Emily Tareila

Included in an article in ARTnews Magazine101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week. The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an international initiative to bring women’s voices to the online encyclopedia–as editors and as subjects.


-> my Wikipedia page

Press for Converting Oakland’s Waste into Dialogue… on KPIX and The Bold Italic


Nominated for The Present Group Prize for Research-Based Studio Practice, along with some great people.


FEBRUARY, 2013reveries&elegies


Version #4 of reveries and elegies by Mary Armentrout Dance Theater took place at senseofplace LAB: Baker Beach on Feb. 23rd and 24th. This project is an episodic site specific performance installation.

r&ebanner copyPhotos ©Laurie Halsey Brown


One of 10 finalists for 2012 Mastermind Award: Honoring the Bay Areas Most Inventive Artists.
Article below by Jonathan Curiel in SF Weekly, and here.


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