Shaping SF

Shaping San Francisco says farewell to CounterPULSE

Shaping San Francisco is a living archive of the city providing people with access to its lost history through an online archive of community memory at, and through various public programs. In 2003, when Bay Area Center for Art and Technology (BACAT) joined with 848 Community Space to form CounterPULSE, one of BACAT’s main programs, Shaping San Francisco became a core project of this new organization.

From 2006 – 2012 during the months of September – May, Shaping San Francisco Public TALKS! could be found on Wednesday nights at CounterPULSE covering themes such as Ecology, Art & Politics, Social Movement history, Local Literary highlights, and other Historical Perspectives.  Award-winning Bicycle History Tours left from the front door almost every month of the year.  Shaping San Francisco initiated the popular Slow Foods Feast of Fools (totaling five feasts from 2006 – 2008) and annual May Day celebrations.  The online wiki historical archive,, has been a place for tens of thousands of people to discover and shape San Francisco history, and in 2012 Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978 won a California Book Award Gold Medal.

In July 2012 Shaping San Francisco became a project of Independent Arts & Media and moved its operations to the Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics at 518 Valencia Street, which they share with the Freedom Archives, Center for Political Education, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, videographer Nick Kasimatis, and Mission Graduates.  Shaping San Francisco’s Wednesday night Public TALKS! series, “Cycles of History” Bicycle Tours, and Walking Tours will be held at or start from this new venue.

And as for CounterPULSE’s past…

This image is of the corner of 9th and Mission where CounterPULSE sits today (CounterPULSE would be on the sand dune that rises at the right side of the picture).

Mission Street southwest at 9th, 2007