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Resilient by Design Receives 76 Site Submissions, Extends Deadline to Accommodate Tremendous Interest

Due to tremendous and growing interest from Bay Area communities, Resilient by Design will accept site ideas for an additional two weeks to ensure people throughout the Bay Area can learn about the Challenge. With 76 sites submissions so far, community members are encouraged to continue identifying sites throughout their community in need of investment and innovative ideas to address climate change, rising sea levels, infrastructure and earthquakes.

“We are extremely excited to announce that we are extending the deadline,” said Amanda Brown-Stevens, Managing Director of Resilient by Design. “The more this Challenge relies on the ideas and inspiration of our local communities, the more likely design solutions will bring about a stronger, safer Bay for everyone to enjoy.”

Read the full press release here.

Over 50 Teams Vie to join Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge to Create Innovative Solutions to Climate Change as Bay Area Receives Worldwide Attention

Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge  - Press Release, July 12, 2017

"Today, Resilient by Design, an exciting new approach in addressing climate change before disaster strikes, announced it has received 51 Design Team applications from multi- disciplinary experts vying to be selected for the Bay Area Challenge. Teams comprised of over 350 local, national and global experts submitted applications detailing bold visions for a stronger, safer San Francisco Bay and underscore their commitment to the yearlong challenge that will result in 10 innovative solutions revealed next May 2018.

While each Design Team application has at least one local team member, and all are required to involve the community in developing their solutions, a wide array of renowned design, ecological, social and resilience experts from around the world speaks to broad interest. The 51 teams reflect architects, engineers, horticulturists, artists, students, academics and more, hailing from 9 different countries and 13 states. In all, 368 people applied."

Read the full press release here.

National Geographic: How the Bay Area Is Restoring Nature's Delicate Balance

By Jane Kay, June 13, 2017   

"A competition, Resilient by Design, inspired by work on the New York and New Jersey coasts, aims to attract international architects and engineers who will figure out how the region can deal with the higher tides that are forecast as the Earth warms. People living inside the Gate have been reminded that San Francisco Bay is the goose laying its golden eggs.

Gorgeous gray fog would still pour through the Golden Gate if the bay were a dead, stinking, stagnant pond, but we wouldn’t want to live here. Bay Area residents recognize that sustaining life in the bay means protecting the special ecological system that evolved to survive cycles of drought and deluge."

Read more on National Geographic's website here.

Archinect: Designing for Disaster, Before It Happens: Resilient by Design Seeks Architects

By Julia Ingalls, June 2, 2017

"The preventative nature of the brief makes Resilient by Design unusual. The organizers of the initiative are hoping to create strong relationships between local community members and design professionals in order to more accurately identify sites that require solutions, an alliance that may result in a multi-jurisdictional approach toward design, perhaps changing how other governments conceive of tackling the problem. Although the initiative is locally focused, its preventative nature and community focus is designed to help generate broader applications.

As the brief notes, “The Bay Area is generally considered a nine‐county region, but there are few opportunities or requirements for jurisdictions (cities, counties and special districts) to work together on pressing public policy issues. Climate impacts will not be limited to jurisdictional boundaries, meaning some design solutions need to cross jurisdictions."

Read more on Archinect's website here. 

E&E News: Bay Area readies for sea-level rise

By Anne Mulkern, June 1, 2017  

"A San Francisco-area group is recruiting teams of experts to design solutions for nine Bay Area counties facing sea-level rise and other climate change impacts.

The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge yesterday said it's looking for architects, engineers and ecology experts to help San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. The group additionally called for suggestions on specific sites for adaptation solutions.

At an event near the waterfront in Oakland, several local mayors mentioned President Trump's likely plan to pull the United States out of the international Paris Agreement on climate change action. Given that, local action is needed more than ever, mayors said.

"There is one thing researchers agree on: Flooding will hit hardest in the neighborhoods where people have the least resources," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D)."

Read more on E&E News' website here.

The San Francisco Chronicle: Design teams compete for best solution to sea-level conundrum

By John King, May 31, 2017

"An ambitious design competition that seeks to make the Bay Area a model for how to prepare for sea-level rise kicks off this week.

The competition, dubbed “Resilient by Design,” will select 10 interdisciplinary teams to tackle 10 sites around the bay, with at least one in each county. Each team will focus on a single site and prepare a design response that is intended to be not just visually cool, but scientifically and economically feasible.

“If we can figure out how to do this, and make changes on the ground or along the shore as well as come up with ideas, we can really be a model” for other metropolitan areas, said Amanda Brown-Stevens, managing director of the design competition, which is scheduled to conclude next May."

Read more on The San Francisco Chronicle's website here. 

San Francisco Business Times: Global design challenge sets sights on adapting Bay Area infrastructure

By Hannah Norman, May 31, 2017  

"Resilient by Design is an open call for multidisciplinary teams comprised of architects, engineers, designers and other experts to take part in a research and design challenge that identifies critical locations for infrastructure adaptation projects. It aims to strengthen the Bay Area’s resilience to sea level rise, flooding, storms and earthquakes. The program launches on May 31 and will last for a year, after which associated plans could be funded into action."

Read more on San Francisco Business Times' website. 


The Mercury News: Denouncing Trump’s Paris remarks, local leaders vow to double-down on climate action with design challenge

By Erin Baldassari, May 31, 2017

"OAKLAND — Standing at the edge of Oakland against the backdrop of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline, leaders from across the region on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump’s promise to break from the Paris climate accord, appealing to global experts and local activists alike to confront the challenge climate change is posing for communities across the Bay Area.

They couldn’t have divined a more timely context for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, which officially launched Wednesday, 24 hours before Trump formally announced his decision to withdraw from the landmark 2015 agreement between 147 nations to curb climate change.

The yearlong competition is expected to draw small armies of architects and urban planners, ecologists and engineers, public finance specialists and educators, community advocates and activists, and others in a fight for ideas. Those ideas will be contained in 10 projects designed to better defend the Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities against the impacts of climate change."

Read more on The Mercury News' website here.