Sarah Filley is an artist, urban designer, writer and public speaker on urban innovation, creative placemaking and retail trends. Her interdisciplinary background serves as a foundation to bring design thinking to city scale with success in marketing authenticity of place and creative placemaking. She was a panelist and at the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture as well as included in the exhibition with Popuphood, an award winning social enterprise she Cofounded in 2011 and serves as Executive Director. Her unique approach has been profiled in SPUR's Urbanist magazine and in Live.Work.Oakland. Understanding how cities can integrate creative and technology based solutions to increase civic participation for inclusive and sustainable growth is her passion. Currently she is sponsoring #AB2719 a State Policy Bill for Mobile retail and temporary vending like Pop-up retail. Read more...
Popuphood incubates small businesses to revitalizes neighborhoods, block by block. Working with strategic partners the company has garnered recognition for the independent retailers in international press like Fast Company, the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic. Their success is now being replicated in additional neighborhoods in Oakland and internationally.
Photo credit: Eva Kolenko
Future. Soul.Think. Tank, SF YBCA
The future of retail, MSFW, Melbourne, AU
University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley (Berkeley, 2010) with Wonderarium.
GAFFTA, goodbuildings.info (2011)
Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, 2008)
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (ybca)
Santa Clara Museum
Seattle Art Museum
California Academy of Science
University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley
Chabot Science Center
the Oakland Museum of California
The Richmond Art Center
The Asian Art Museum
PAHMA at UC Berkeley
Mills College, and Zeum