Participatory Design in the Castro

A mini-documentary about the redesign of the Castro Muni Station in San Francisco.

Space: Architecture
Roles: Producer, Interviewer, Writer
Challenge: Tell a story that's simultaneously about a place, a community, a civil rights hero, and a design process.
Outcome: A video which presents a concise narrative built from interviews I conducted with project stakeholders.
Methods: Interviews, Story-boarding, Scripting
Collaborators: Perkins Eastman, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza

Working with a team of video editors and videographers, I produced a short documentary about the re-design of the Castro Muni station in San Francisco.

To produce the project, I shot several hours of interviews with project stakeholders, including designers, community representatives, and urban theorists.

Based on these interviews, I developed a script with interview participants positioned as narrators. Paired with archive and original footage and imagery, this script was further developed into story boards. These were instrumental in communicating with the video editor.

Story Board

A progress shot of the assembly of the story-board. (Tap for full view)

Though not my first video project, it's the first with my role as producer, bringing on new creative challenges. The complex story-telling task—weaving together an abstract design process, a place, and a community, as told by three narrators—made the project particularly rewarding.

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