Dogpatch Arts Plaza

Dogpatch, San Francisco

The Dogpatch Arts Plaza (DAP) converted a dead-end street into an 8,000-square-foot arts-focused public pedestrian plaza at 19th and Indiana Streets in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Inspired by the established arts and “maker” culture in the neighborhood, the plaza combines this industrial heritage with the neighborhood’s need for more event space to create an outdoor gallery for large-scale and industrial art. DAP combines the ideas of pocket plaza and outdoor gallery, creating a “third place” where neighbors and passersby can come together to engage with art and with each other. 

Place Lab (previously known as Build Public) managed the community outreach, design, approval process, and long-term stewardship plan development for DAP, in collaboration with BUILD, neighborhood stakeholders and the City and County of San Francisco. Partial funding for the plaza stems from an innovative collaboration with the developers of 650 Indiana Street, a new residential project with 116 rental units. Leveraging San Francisco’s unique In-Kind Agreement process, a portion of 650 Indiana’s impact fees have been allocated directly into DAP as an “in-kind” public improvement. On February 25, 2014, the SF Planning Commission unanimously approved the allocation of $850,000 in impact fees toward the design and construction of DAP. BUILD PUBLIC was also successful in securing $248,000 in City Grants (a Community Challenge Grant and a Complete Neighborhoods Grant) to help fund DAP’s capital costs.

DAP is managed and programmed by Friends of DAP, a non-profit stewardship organization comprised of neighborhood stakeholders, nearby business and property owners, and other interested community members. Importantly, Friends of DAP is partnering with a variety of esteemed arts organizations to design and curate a rotating public art program including public sculpture, murals and ongoing performances in the plaza. Together, Friends of DAP will ensure the long-term cleanliness, safety and accessibility of DAP as a shared community space and public outdoor art gallery. To learn more, please visit the Dogpatch Arts Plaza website, and BUILD PUBLIC/Place Lab's website at

Planning Commission Approval: Feb. 25, 2014 | Construction Start: Q3 2016 | Completion Date: Q4 2016 | Plaza Area: 8,000 square feet