Take Shape is a nonfiction publication at the intersection of leftist politics and the built environment. At four years old, it is a chaotic toddler feeling its way around new spaces. We, its editors, are a collective of artists, writers, and activists seeking to define questions more than to provide answers. We respond to the present moment in due course, aiming to imagine and fortify change without relying on a fleeting news cycle or the whims of advertisers. With past issues exploring the history of loft housing and the current state of public transit, we’re more interested in the users of spaces than in their owners or creators.

Editors: Nolan Boomer, Cole Cataneo, Julia Goodman, and Benjamin Good
Guest Editor: Paolo Yumol
Art and Layout Director: Sean Suchara
Web: Benjamin Good

Contact the editors at takeshapemag[at]gmail.com

Take Shape is a member of Intersection for the Arts, a historic arts 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow. This allows you tax deductions for your contributions to Take Shape. Please click here to donate, and thanks for your generous support.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to Intersection for the Arts, and write “Take Shape” in the memo line. This ensures that you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, and your donation will be available for our project. Then mail it to:

Intersection for the Arts
1446 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


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