AlleyIf you’re like us, you have only a vague notion of what UC Berkeley’s urban design school actually does. Well, based on this project by professor Nicholas de Monchaux, you were basically exactly right. His team hopes to take San Francisco’s neglected nooks and abandoned crannies and … make them better.

Here’s the lowdown: dense cities tend to have a lot of unused space. Dingy, awful space. We’re talking the allies behind buildings, stretches by freeway on-ramps, concrete stretches near industrial parks—space that is technically owned by the city but is not able to be sold and serves no purpose beyond rat real estate. read more »