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MKTHINK AND PARTNERS INTRODUCE OCEAN PLANT WITH FIRST EVER “EDGE FEST COMMUNITY DAY” IN OUTER RICHMOND
Innovative Place-Makers collaborate to mark the opening of their neighborhood-centric community space at 800 Great Highway with a full day of festivities open to all.
Richmond District, San Francisco (October 13, 2022) — MKThink, an innovation-driven architecture, design, and strategic planning firm, announced today, the introduction of Ocean Plant—a community-centric place-based concept—with the first ever “Edge Fest Community Day” to take place on Saturday, October 15, at the building’s plaza, where Cabrillo meets Great Highway.
Concepted by MKThink, Ocean Plant provides a physical space where a dynamic collection of community-based blue companies—organizations that profit responsibly from the ocean—will come together with residents to exchange knowledge and services that inspire one another into engagement. Programming will include MKThink’s headquarters; RoundhouseONE, specialists in environmental intelligence; Andytown Coffee Roasters; the Ocean Plant Nature Store; an oceanic take on the traditional general store; in addition to other locally-focused product partners. MKThink has also created a community showroom where art exhibits, community discussions, and pop-up retail will be hosted.
“We are very excited to be able to help create a place that brings people back together after a traumatic few years of physical disruption,” said Mark R Miller, FAIA, Chairperson of MKThink and one of the creators behind Ocean Plant. “Our goal is to share with our neighbors a sensory
and programmatically rich place that provides joy as a physical antidote to the digital world.
Edge Fest is a community event where we’re introducing ourselves to our neighbors.” Edge Fest derives its name from the new space’s location on the edge of Richmond District and the sea, but also from MKThink’s constant exploration of the intersections of cultural, environmental, architectural, and technological edges encountered in their work.
“Edge, to us, is both a physical and metaphysical place,” Miller says.
Packed with activities for everyone, Edge Fest will kick-off with a beach and neighborhood clean-up led by Surfrider Foundation, SF, from 10am-12pm. The incredible young ladies of the San Francisco-based all-female high school robotics team, The Missfits, will continue the festivities from 12pm-4pm with exciting robotics demonstrations, along with San Franpsycho who'll be bringing on-site screen-printing action. There’ll also be a bouncy house, kids crafts, community organization reps, and live music.
“Our partners and good friends from Andytown will be rocking the magical coffee and specialty delights, including It’s-It Affogato treats,” said Miller. “All this will be located 100 yards from the surf at Ocean Beach. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Ocean Plant’s full launch will take place in November at a date to be determined.
MKThink Creates Intelligent Places to improve the quality of life. We integrate Innovation, Strategy and Architecture to Create achieve this goal. Our value comes through helping our clients Build Less while Solving More by evaluating, renovating and reusing existing built environments to achieve future forward solutions that support Community Strength, Health Places, Learning Outcomes and Systems Optimization. We focus on places that experience Edge Conditions to help solve exposed, critical challenges sensitively. Founded by professional service veterans Mark Miller, Steve Kelley and Nate Goore in 2000, MKThink practices from the Pacific Edge of San Francisco and the Oceanic Edge of Oahu. We are increasing exploring the Atlantic Edge from the DownEast coast of Maine.
Learn more at www.mkthink.com