About Us

We are public space enthusiasts based in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood who advocate the bench as a key component of community-building. We want anybody who wants a bench outside their building to have one.

If you want a bench, we can build one for you. A donation to cover materials costs is welcome, but nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Although, we take no responsibility for how benches are used, we recommend reading these guidelines.

Reflecting human nature as a social animal, since ancient times public space was largely about gathering (plazas, squares, and so on) and maximizing personal interactions. That essential role was suppressed in the 20th century when public space became hostage to hypermobility. Now, it’s time to turn the tide.

It’s up to folks like us to make the public realm a place of community and happiness.

Contact us at publicbenchprojectsf@gmail.com.

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