Oakland design fair encourages participants to play

Our City Oakland hosted the country's second public design fair in Frank Ogawa plaza downtown for Super Bowl weekend.

Frank Ogawa Plaza hosted Oakland’s first design fair on Super Bowl weekend. The organizers of the event, Our City, chose local artists to center their designs around the theme of play.

The designs ranged from an outdoor living room installed with picture frames that allowed passersby to upload selfies; an adult-sized board of Mancala, a counting and strategy game; and an LED-lit basketball hoop. The fair also featured dance classes that caught the attention of Oaklanders clocking off from work for the evening. Project designers were on site to ensure that those who stopped to play had a smooth experience.

Although the pop-up play fair was only open for three days, Our City plans to hold similar projects in the future.

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