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Creating Prototypes For Urban Space, By Combining Art And Tech

The Gray Area Foundation For The Arts is a combination gallery and hackerspace with a mission to change the way people think and interact through the power of technology and imagination.

The success of Silicon Valley proved that technology can be profitable. But can it be beautiful? Josette Melchor and the San Francisco-based Gray Area Foundation for the Arts set out to explore exactly that question, examining the undefined space between engineering and art, imagination and innovation. From public art projects and education programs to hackathons and urban planning initiatives, they put the tools of the tech sector to use for the greater good in fulfilling their mission: to build social consciousness through digital culture.

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This piece is part of Change Generation, our series on young, change-making entrepreneurs. Read the rest here.

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Whitney Pastorek is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles and/or wherever the bus just dropped her off. She spent six years on staff at Entertainment Weekly, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Details, the Village Voice, and Fast Company, among many others.

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