Strolling through downtown San Francisco it’s hard to miss the iconic Parisian style kiosks installed in the 1990s. Many of them were designed as newsstands, but today, as newspaper sales have plummeted, almost 70 of them have been shuttered. In 2010, the architecture firm of HOK, initiated the re:News project to develop new uses for the neglected street furniture.
In collaboration with HOK and JCDecaux , we now are bringing art to the streets of San Francisco by converting the unused newsstand kiosks into Kiosk Museums.
As we wander the city, standing at a bus stop or waiting in line, we invariably look to our mobile devices for distraction. But anywhere one looks–in shop windows, restaurant counters, stacked in the corner of a room–there are aesthetic vignettes to enjoy. The goal of the Kiosk Museum project is to capture and contextualize these moments, creating a museum experience in these repurposed diminutive urban spaces that never close.
For more information, visit the Kiosk Museum website.