Exploring new kinds of spaces
Nookzy is a peer-to-peer platform for reserving small, creative urban spaces on an hourly basis. Right now, we beta testing a selection of backyard-based urban spaces in San Francisco and Oakland, and we are in the process of experimenting with a variety of new kinds of spaces that people can spend time in. Have an idea of something you'd like to see? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
How it works:
Users download the app and browse for spaces based on their time and location parameters. They can reserve spaces for as little as 30 minutes and as much as the hosts are comfortable with.
Upon booking, guests will receive access permissions and instructions, agreeing to host-specified conditions for conduct. During their reservation, guests will receive text message notifications, including when they have 15 minutes left in their reservation. They may extend their reservation if the space is available.
When their reservation is over, users will receive turnover and exiting instructions. A two-way rating system ensures that all users and hosts hold their ends up, ensuring a smooth, impressive, and guaranteed wonderful experience for all.
Find your nook
Have a space to share?
We think cities can be better and more equitable. Many of our urban resources lie dormant most of the time, and the economic and cultural tendencies that allowed many households to accumulate all of their own private amenities and resources are receding.
backyards as a beginning
Because of how little they are used by the average owner, we see the hosting and booking of backyard amenities as a delightful way to begin sharing spatially-fixed resources--ideally as one small step toward a generally more shared urban life. We see hot tubs, saunas and swimming pools as a fun way to prime the pump for a broader program of resource sharing.
making a more interesting city
Our goal is to make the city more multifaceted, interesting and equitable by optimizing its uses in a multi-modal way. Much of the city goes unused most of the time, and much of the city's potential never gets tapped into. We cram ourselves into crowded bars and cafes while much of the city goes unused. We believe that even the smallest, humblest corners of the metropolis have an incredible potential to be a source of abundance and intrigue. We want to live in a world where you can spontaneously find yourself in a tropical greenhouse, on a sailboat, on a rooftop, in a waterfront sauna, or a cavernous basement somewhere. By directing attention to the many varied spaces and resources of the city, our hope is to transform these spaces and their visitors. Our platform allows respectful visitors to enjoy the urban nooks that previously had been unavailable to them, while simultaneously improving the spaces themselves. Starting from hot tubs in garden alcoves, Nookzy aims to host some of the most stunning and delightful spaces in the city, bookable by the hour. We are partnering with Decoding Labs--an experimental design research firm--to imagine new varieties of space, activity, aesthetics, and technologies.
multiple ways to share
Not all transactions are financial. Nookzy is working on developing a multi-modal approach to sharing that would situate our platform across multiple types of economy, allowing hosts to customize the conditions by which their resource may be used, setting default settings, and allowing for custom agreements and gifting on a person-by-person basis. Custom, user-by-user agreements provide a forum for being clear about expectations. This is useful for those who may what to make their space available to friends and family at no cost, or on the condition that they water the garden, or change the chemicals in the spa, or bring over a tray of cookies. We hope that these mechanisms can bring value to the many situations and places where the formal market is ineffective, absent, or inappropriate.
Justin is a mobile and web developer, who is passionate about problem-solving with new technology and making beautiful, usable apps. An activist and former non-profit director, he loves to turn algorithms into action and create platforms for a better, more interesting city.
Eric is a designer, urban strategist and economic historian. He studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, interior design at California College of the Arts and environmental design at Yale University. In addition to his passion for creating inspiring and unusual spaces, and exploring how to scale their adoption, Eric curates lecture series on urban futures, hosts imaginative events, and studies economic history and philosophy.