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This Fall!

Join us for a panel discussion:
Model City: Collectively Shaping SF

The first in Shaping San Francisco’s fall season of Public Talks. Co-sponsored by Public Knowledge, which is a collaboration between San Francisco Public Library and SF MOMA. We’ll be speaking with Sofia Vivanco Airaghi, our collaborator on The Cultural Map of Southeast SF and Bik Van der Pol, artists in residence at the Headlands and SFMOMA/SFPL. Come see the enlarged version of the map with contributions from 3 of our 4 featured neighborhoods!

Wednesday, September 26
7:30-9:30 pm
Eric Quezada Cultural Center
518 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Check out the rest of Shaping SF’s offerings
and Public Knowledge‘s programming, including a focus on a 1939 diorama of San Francisco that is more than 40 square feet in size!

The Cultural Map of Southeast San Francisco

Come by the SF History Days this weekend to add your ideas to our new map! Together with our collaborator, Sofia Vivanco Airaghi, we’ve just finished the 3rd edition of our map. We’d love to have your ideas, too!

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Here are folks who added their ideas when we visited the Bayview Branch Library, Visitacion Valley Greenway and the Portola Fest! Excelsior, we would love to visit you, too!






Join us at Open Engagement 2016

Game TemplateBook and Wheel Works will be offering a workshop and presenting a project in progress during Open Engagement, 2016. Both events take place at the Oakland Museum. The conference begins Thursday, April 28 and runs through Sunday May 1.

Check out our Play the Way: Come Make a Game on Saturday, April 30, 12-1:30
More info


Hear a quick presentation about our new collaboration with Richard Talavera and The Mexican Bus, Rancho Grande on Sunday, May 1 3:20-3:35.

More info

Bau Cua Ca CopFlower Bau Cua Ca CopShell game first draft






Moving Art House Exhibition Extended!

Drop by the Portola Branch Library and check out the Moving Art House exhibition–extended indefinitely!

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Create a Cootie Catcher: Unfold Stories!

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Potrero Puzzler, Book and Wheel Works, 2013

Join us for a Giant Cootie Catcher
making workshop!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Friday, June 26, 2015
3-5:00 and 5:30-7:45, or drop in any time.

Learn to design, play, and tell your story of home through the use of large origami fortune-tellers or cootie catchers. Drawn from their giant cootie catchers that unfurl stories of the San Francisco’s Potrero Hill  neighborhood, artists Kate Connell + Oscar Melara (Book + Wheel Works) and collaborator Alisa Messer will demonstrate how to design these unique large-scale paper structures to unfold complex stories of place and home. So, bring your stories, pictures and images of your place, your home, (or just draw/collage when you get here) and be ready to play together at the end of the workshop.

Materials and basic tools will be provided.

Check out YBCA’s Facebook page and RSVP there! 
We’ll begin workshops at 3pm and 5:30pm, but please drop in at whatever time is most convenient to you!

This workshop is one of 3 workshops in the Sustaining Place series curated by Book and Wheel Works for Conceiving Place by Mabel Negrete at YBCA.


Sustaining Place: How can we sustain place? Come play your way with us in these “thinkershops.” The social forces of urban renewal, development and displacement raise questions– what is possible? We will play our way to an exchange about nurturing an authentic San Francisco, supporting labor, allying with public education and services, paying living wages and cherishing and defending our neighborhoods and our homes. As we “thinker” our history together, sending our roots deeper, we value our city’s strong African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, and working class communities. Our hands and bodies build mutual respect as we commit to a San Francisco that sustains all of us.

Joint statement by participating artists: Book and Wheel Works, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Jarrel Phillips, Alisa Messer, Amber Straus.

Watch for Moving Art House this winter!

The Mexican Bus

Moving Art House

We’re planing a mobile cultural space with dynamic programming for southeast San Francisco. Beginning in winter, 2015, and running through winter, 2016, Moving Art House, Richard Talavera’s  Mexican Bus (a beautiful environment on its own) will shape-shift for a series of events in San Francisco’s Portola District. More than a dozen artists—musicians and composers, poets, visual and performing artists—will create new work germane to southeast San Francisco. Over the course of a year the route of Moving Art House connects and illuminates a constellation of sites where Portolans and their predecessors have gathered over many years.

Thank you to generous funders who are making this project possible!
In order of receipt:

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Fleishhacker Foundation

Southern Exposure/Alternative Exposure

Thanks, too, to the Intersection Incubator Program, essential to San Francisco!

Stay tuned, more news to come!

Latinos in Architecture

Perspectivas 2014: The Meaning of Home and the Urban Fabric

Oscar was invited to participate in the Latinos in Architecture (LiA) exhibition:

Join LiA SF and the Architecture and the City festival
for its first Perspectivas 2014 Exhibition:

Alter Space Gallery
Opening night party
Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:00-10:00 pm
1158 Howard St. (between 7th and 8th Streets-blue building)
San Francisco, CA

Perspectivas 2014 1a  Perspectivas 2014 1b
Perspectivas 2014 is an opportunity to showcase built and unbuilt design work to the Bay Area community at large. The exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Hispanic architectural professionals, landscape designers, urban planners, design professionals, artists and students practicing in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Raul Anziani | Field Paoli, Larry Barcelon | Barcelon and Jang, Argelia Barcena | KMD Architects, Jose Brunner | A+D Architecture and Design, Lorena Fernandez-Fernandez | ByLorena, Irving Gonzales | Gonzales architects, David Lasker | Paletteur, Bruno Lopez | Kendall Young Associates, Oscar Melara | Book and Wheel Works, Paul Molina | Paul Molina Architect, Alejandro Pimentel | SF Department of Public Works, Mauricio Soto | Studio for Lightweight Design, Reinaldo Soto | Stantec Architecture, Sandra Vivanco | A+D Architecture and Design

Alemany Island Panels Going Up!

Alemany Island Panels Going Up!

45 Families and 3 Classrooms Made it Happen

Over the last two years, family and classroom groups in the Portola painted mural panels, each one an image from our Porto-Loteria game about the Portola District in San Francisco. A few weeks ago we put the first 30 panels up on San Bruno Ave. and Alemany, across from the Farmers Market. See more photos of the volunteer work day by Simon Thorpe here. The Alemany Island Project has 3 parts: The beautiful freeway support mural designed by Corey Ferris, native garden designed by City College of San Francisco Horticulture student Davery Yim and the Porto-Loteria panels painted by neighborhood families. A great crew turned out to install and we’ll be putting up 18 more in the next few weeks. Thanks to all for their hard work, to Reanna Tong for her ongoing project management, to the Portola Neighborhood Association and Jack Tse for stewardship  and to Lia Smith for her original vision, deep outreach and resourceful project design.

The Workers panel from Porto-Loteria just installed on San Bruno Ave., SF, CA

The Workers panel from Porto-Loteria painted by Oscar Melara, just installed on San Bruno Ave., SF, CA

Portola + Lotería

Play Porto-Lotería!

If you haven’t played lately, drop by the liberry:

San Francisco Public Library

Arete Libro: La Frontera

Arete Libro: La Frontera

Arete Libro: La Frontera

Opening Friday, August 16, 2013
Velvet da Vinci
2015 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Exhibition runs August 14- September 15, 2013

For the exhibition, La Frontera, we made Arete Libro: La Frontera or Earring Book of the Border
A book distributed across two earrings, a wearable index of the U.S./Mexico Border with
small pages made of recycled drum-head leather. The San Patricio Battalion, coyotes and
pollitos, Monarch butterflies, free to traverse the Americas and cempasuchiles/marigolds,
the flower of the dead on both sides, and Joaquín Torres García’s “Upside-down Map
of the Americas, 1943, each fill one of the pages.

La Frontera debuted at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City,
June 6-July 28, 2013

The caja

The whole enchilada