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As of July 2018, Place Lab is officially a team within the San Francisco Parks Alliance. We are a non-profit venture dedicated to innovating the public place-making process through creative institutional, physical, and policy design. Originally founded as UP Urban Inc. in 2012 by business partners Loring Sagan, Lou Vasquez, and Michael Yarne of Build Inc., UP's stated nonprofit mission was to, "forge vibrant communities from impaired urban land through creative public private partnerships." Our mission has evolved over the years into the program areas described on this website, but the underlying ethos remains the same.
As we've grown, our name and entity has evolved to reflect our evolving identity. From 2012 through 2014, UP Urban Inc. operated as a fiscally sponsored non-profit under the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). In November 2014 we were recognized by the IRS as an independent 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. In 2015 we changed our nonprofit name to Build Public Inc and in January 2018 to reflect our focus on innovation began doing business as Place Lab. In July 2018 we merged with the Parks Alliance as a way to collectively grow our mission impact improving San Francisco’s public spaces. Please contact us, we love hearing from you.