Rebar, you are bART, 2011

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About this project:

In the current age of digital social networking, expanded mobility, and the privatization of public space, a ride in the shared space of a public transit train car may be many city inhabitants’ only experience of the physical commons. Yet the interior design of commuter train cars does not take advantage of the full potential of public transit as a civic space in itself, on par with streets, plazas and town squares. The Fleet of the Future – a new generation of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train cars – is currently in development. Building upon public feedback BART has already received, and in conversation with transit and social space experts, Rebar’s you are bART project explores a range of possibilities for renovating BART car interiors to playfully enhance the riding experience, integrate art and design, and re-imagine BART as a preeminent public space for all.

Rebar: Matt Passmore, John Bela, Blaine Merker, Teresa Aguilera

REBAR is an interdisciplinary studio based in San Francisco that operates at the intersection of art, design and activism. Our work encompasses visual and conceptual public art, landscape design, urban intervention, temporary performance installation, digital media and print design.
Rebar remixes the ordinary, repurposes the ubiquitous and restructures the fabric of the urban environment by exposing hidden assumptions and shared meanings embedded in the everyday experience of the built world.

Rebar has lectured worldwide and exhibited its work at such venues and institutions as the Venice Architecture Biennale, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, ISEA 2009 Dublin, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Parsons School of Design, U.C. Berkeley, the Univ. of Michigan, the Univ. of Mass. Amherst and many others.

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