A year-long collaborative design challenge bringing together local residents, public officials and local, national and international experts to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen our region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.
It’s no secret — climate change is real, and the threats to the Bay Area must be addressed. Sea level rise affects all of us — not just our communities who have lived by our shoreline for decades and are most vulnerable — but also our roads and airports that support each of our nine counties and 101 municipalities, the major companies that serve as the backbone of our economy, and services like water treatment and more.
There’s no time to wait — it’s time to come together and begin imagining a new future for all of us.
Selected Design Opportunities
Join Resilient by Design at the California Adaptation Forum August 27-29 2018
Permi-curious? We can design our way out of the social and environmental challenges we’ve created on Earth – climate change, species extinction, poverty, inequity and more. Many people have heard the term "permaculture" but few have experienced a complete introduction to the ethics, principles and methods that comprise the design system. Many don't realize that permaculture design can be used in a broad spectrum of spheres of application - from coastal adaptation to urban agriculture or from composting toilets to natural building.
Constructing Architectural Ecologies convenes designers, makers, researchers, and thinkers to speculate on architecture’s capacity for expanded ecological agency. The symposium will explore theoretical investigations of architecture’s relationship to nature, alternative models for extra-disciplinary collaboration with scientists, and new material logics rooted in ecological processes. The event, planned as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (September 12-14 in San Francisco), is organized by the Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts, and will take place at CCA’s campus in San Francisco’s Design District. The symposium will open on the evening of Thursday, September 13 with a keynote by Dr. Adrian Parr of the University of Texas at Arlington, followed the next morning by a series of panel presentations exploring the relationship between architectural technology and nature.
BLOG: Dispatches from the Challenge
Reflections on the Collaborative Design Phase, the Resilient Bay Summit, and what’s next.
Report out on Regional Summit on April 25th.
Claire Bonham-Carter (Aecom), and Chris Guillard, Alexandra Zahn and Nico Wright (CMG Landscape Architecture) attended Higher Ground’s Earth Day celebration and shared local sea level rise and groundwater maps.
Students at Laurel Dell are getting ready for the San Rafael Flood Fair at Pickleweed Park on Saturday March 24th.