Selected Design Opportunities inspire resilient solutions around the Bay

After months of early research and exploration, connecting with communities throughout the Bay Area, learning our history, and bringing in the best of science, we are excited to announce 10 local sites, threatened by climate change, that have been selected for further development in the Collaborative Design Phase of the Challenge.

During the Design Phase, local residents, public officials, engineers, architects, and other experts will come together to develop resilient solutions that address the impacts of climate change and regional inequality before disaster strikes.

Spanning all 9 Bay Area counties, the 10 sites selected serve as a significant next step in our region’s fight to protect vulnerable communities facing rising sea levels and rising rents, while charting a course forward that is rooted in regional collaboration.

Selected Design Opportunity Sites

San Leandro Bay, Alameda County, The All Bay Collective
Islais Creek, San Francisco County, BIG + ONE + Sherwood
San Rafael, Marin County, BionicTeam
San Pablo Bay, Sonoma, Napa, + Solano Counties, Common Ground
South Bay, San Mateo + Santa Clara Counties, The Field Operations Team
South San Francisco, San Mateo County, HASSELL+
North Richmond, Contra Costa County, The Home Team
Regional Resilience, multiple counties, Permaculture + Social Equity Team
Alameda Creek, Alameda County, Public Sediment
Vallejo, Solano County, Team UPLIFT

What’s Next

Over the next 5 months, local residents, city officials, and community-based organizations from each site will work alongside 10 Design Teams of local and international experts to address specific threats in their communities and build out a design idea at each site that can be replicated throughout our region and the world.

By combining the technical knowledge of international experts with the local knowledge of Bay Area residents, the process aims to create solutions that will tackle ongoing climate issues impacting the entire Bay Area, like sea level rise, severe flooding, and seismic risks, alongside other, sometimes more pressing, challenges, including lack of housing, displacement, limited access to public land, and outdated transportation.

To accomplish this, we need your participation.

Now is the moment to work together as one resilient bay to activate these 10 sites, spurring innovative design and furthering the regional conversation on sea level rise and climate change impacts in the Bay Area.

The end result in May 2018 will be new ideas — ready to be built in diverse communities around the Bay Area — and a blueprint for the region to keep building resilience at a local level and set an example for the world.

Get Involved

Stay tuned for more specific information on how to get involved in each of the 10 projects as well as public events focused on regional resilience around the Bay Area.

Each team will post frequent updates on their Collaborative Design Phase progress and sharing event information and engagement opportunities on our website and their social media channels.

Learn about innovative student work from Resilient by Design 1/27!

Coming up: Adaptive
Governance event at the Exploratorium 1/23.

Explore Design Team Research Reports from Collaborative Research Phase.

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