Build Group has teamed up with Gensler and Autodesk to create an installation for the Market Street Prototyping event. It is an interactive ping-pong table with some beautiful concrete pedestals. #MSPFArenaPlay ABC 7 NEWS SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A six-sided ping pong table and a giant rocking chair made of […]
Build Group has teamed up with Gensler and Autodesk to create an installation for the Market Street Prototyping event. It is an interactive ping-pong table with some beautiful concrete pedestals. #MSPFArenaPlay
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A six-sided ping pong table and a giant rocking chair made of grass were among the art installations along San Francisco's Market Street and it's all part of a three-day festival that could determine Market Street's future.
In the middle of the sidewalk on Market Street is a six-sided table that talks.
In November, a design team unveiled the ping pong table for the Market Street Prototyping Festival.
Neil Hrushowy of the San Francisco planning department came up with the idea, three days of these off-the-wall out of the box sidewalk installations.
"We have to do a lot more with these beaut sidewalks that we have, that they can be much more dynamic social spaces," Hrushowy said.
"I actually built this thing," said Dan Gottwald, an instrument builder. "It's a public musical instrument."
You can play it alone, but it sounds better together.
"It's about connections," Gottwald said. "It's about how people come together in ways they weren't expecting to."
So is the fountain that's on display. It only squirts water when somebody stands directly across from someone who's sitting.
"And the whole point of this, and I think the whole point of the festival, is to get people to notice each other because that's what's really lacking in urban life," said Derek Ouyang, "Common Ground" designer.
All of this is one big experiment even though the festival will only last for three days. some of the best ideas from it could be immortalized for generations.
"In 2018 we're going to rebuild Market Street and there's a big capital campaign going on in the background," Hrushowy said.
That gives the city three years to gather ideas. The ones that fare the best could be invited back for a one to two year installation and after that a permanent one.
The people sitting on the grass furniture, climbing the rubber mountains and talking to the digital trees will be the judges of the artwork.
"I think it's beautiful," said Yael Braha, "Tree of Changes" designer. "I think these type of events should happen all year long, all day long."
And that could happen.
"Wouldn't it be great that if every couple of years we switched it up, and it's a constant sort of rolling exhibit of the greatest creativity that San Francisco can bring," Hrushowy added.
Jason Berry, CFO and Principal of Build Group, Inc. and affiliates was honored as a finalist at the San Francisco Business Times’ CFO of the Year Awards in the Non-Public Company category. Jason was honored, on June 5th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel along with other CFOs in the […]
Jason Berry, CFO and Principal of Build Group, Inc. and affiliates was honored as a finalist at the San Francisco Business Times’ CFO of the Year Awards in the Non-Public Company category. Jason was honored, on June 5th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel along with other CFOs in the Bay Area including, Tesla Inc., Netflix Inc., Restoration Hardware, Square Inc. and other regional Public and Private powerhouses. The event was hosted by Larkin Street Youth Services and each nominee was honored for their outstanding accomplishments in finance, growth management and contribution to the community.
As the CFO of Build Group, Jason oversees all aspects of Finance, Accounting, IT, Administration, Supply Chain and the Intellectual Property portfolio of Build Group’s constellation of operating companies. During his tenure, Jason has successfully managed Build Group’s financial growth from $2.7 million in annual revenue in 2009 to a projected $350 million in revenue in 2014, while achieving substantial improvements in margins year-over-year and improving the long-term capital structure of the Group. In addition to his core CFO duties, Jason has taken a hands-on role in operations by establishing cross-border supply chain operations, optimizing processes and helping secure new revenue streams.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where he graduated with the Dean’s Award and numerous other academic awards. Following University, Jason worked in a variety of positions in Japan, USA and Ukraine over a period of five years ranging from manufacturing to public service positions. Jason returned to the US to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an MBA degree as well as an MA in International Studies with an emphasis in Russian Language from the Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences.
Jason is a licensed black belt and Judo Instructor, an avid linguist and loves to travel. Jason's journeys include a recent 4-month overland trip from California to the southern tip of Argentina, Motorcycling across Japan and Asia as well as numerous trips by land, sea and air to over 100 countries. He also supports a number of philanthropic causes in the Bay Area and nationally including wounded veterans, United States Peace Corps and youth activity programs.