West Oakland Gateway
Area: 3 acres/
Location: Oakland, CA/
typology: Activation, Public Space/
A vision of spectacular inclusion in the heart of a neighborhood under assault.
Situated at the gateway to West Oakland, this project imagines a vibrant future for a
In times of flux, transforming a site so steeped in local history requires extra care. Drawing on our experience with both
To find appropriate points of departure for this plan, we undertook an analysis of existing resources and constraints within the West Oakland area, including comparing amenities and institutions with neighboring areas. We identified five areas of focus for West Oakland Gateway’s interim activations in five areas: cultural production, resource sharing, food, micro-enterprise, and spectacular events.
Beginning with a lightweight reoccupation of existing spaces, the project would evolve over time driven by a feedback loop of ongoing community engagement and an involved cohort of tenants and vendors. The West Oakland Gateway would emerge organically, ultimately accommodating a range of permanent uses and users rooted in the neighborhood.