University of California Davis

Kelsey Kawaguchi

Kelsey Kawaguchi is a Design Intern at the Oakland Museum of California.

Kelsey Kawaguchi is a designer passionate about creating inviting and engaging spaces. Whether it's developing the layout and visual identity of a museum exhibition or incorporating sustainability into urban spaces, Kelsey loves working on a good challenge.

Kelsey Kawaguchi graduated from the University of California, Davis where she obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Design and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Environmental Design.

Kelsey Kawaguchi is a Design Intern at the Oakland Museum of California.
Oakland Museum of California
San Jose, California

Susan Verba

Susan Verba is an Associate Professor at UC Davis Department of Design in San Francisco.

Susan Verba is a designer and Associate Professor in the UC Davis Department of Design. Susan Verba is principal and co-founder of Studio/lab, where she leads research-based projects and advocates for the value of design in corporate, nonprofit, and government communications.

Susan Verba is an Associate Professor at UC Davis Department of Design in San Francisco.
UC Davis (Department of Design )
San Francisco

Bret Yourstone

Bret Yourstone is a young designer based in Los Angeles, and a fourth-year student at the University of California, Davis. As a student, Bret designed installations for various exhibitions and conferences including SOFA Chicago 2016, Chaos at the Museum 2016, and Plummer Park in West Hollywood. 

Bret grew up in Orange County, California, and frequented many museums and theme parks in the Los Angeles area. He has a passion for narrative environments, and is interested in how the physical interaction with the environment can help define the story. 

Bret Yourstone
University of California Davis
Yorba Linda, CA

Jennifer Cadieux

Since graduating with a BA in Design from CSU Long Beach, Jennifer Cadieux has worked in design and fabrication for a variety of Los Angeles-based companies. her work has spanned graphic design and CAD work for projection-mapped stages, DJ booths, props for TV, film and events, and interactive spaces. Jennifer spent two years as Cartographer for special event creators The Do LaB, contributing to the layout of such music festivals as Lightning in a Bottle and Woogie Weekend.

Jennifer Cadieux
University of California Davis
Davis, CA

Smarter Sidewalks

Brett Snyder
University of California Davis, Department of Design

ABSTRACT
How we navigate the streets has changed radically over the past decade, thanks largely to new technologies. To take just one example, smart phones have made an ever widening array of maps and information available to the public, enabling new ways of seeing and experiencing the urban landscape. iPhones allow the street to become a museum without walls, support pop-up events, and enable the creation of thematic journeys.

While our modes of navigating streets have transformed, the streetscapes themselves have remained fundamentally unchanged. We still have traffic signs, phone booths, historical plaques, and bus stops that look and operate much the way they did 20 or even 50 years ago. Why are our streets so slow to adapt? The time is ripe to reconsider how public infrastructure could operate and how it might transform the way we navigate and experience the public realm. Could there be alternative ways to access location-based information, beyond personal digital devices—ways that help make information more widely accessible to all and lower the digital divide? Could a public media infrastructure achieve secondary aims such as reducing carbon footprints and creating more habitable cities? How can the street itself learn from the open source, mobile platforms that characterize the latest turn of the digital revolution?

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