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Before Disaster: Resilient by Design Launches Bay Area Challenge with Open Call for Community Ideas to Address the Local Impacts of Climate Change

May 31, 2017 - PRNewswire - Oakland, Calif. – Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, an innovative new approach to prepare the Bay Area for the effects of climate change, launched today with an open call for community leaders, local elected officials, national experts and residents to come together and address this critical issue before disaster strikes. The project, which will develop ten creative, implementable and long-lasting infrastructure solutions, will serve as a blueprint to flip the switch on traditional disaster rebuilding by addressing climate change before a storm or earthquake strikes and creates billions of dollars of damage and displaces our most vulnerable communities. 


  • Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House Democratic Leader: “The climate crisis is real, and its impacts on our communities and our children will be dire unless we take bold, decisive action. By harnessing the innovative energy of the Bay Area, Resilient by Design is leading the way toward smart solutions to protect our climate.” 

  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland: “There is one thing researchers agree on: flooding will hit hardest in the neighborhoods where people have the least resources. Resilient by Design will help us reimagine our future and create resilient communities, making long term change that will protect our most vulnerable residents from the physical threat of sea level rise, while addressing the collective needs of people around the Bay on key issues including housing, transportation, and climate change.”

  • Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco: “San Francisco needs to fully address the growing needs of our region to prepare for continued sea-level rise and climate change. We are excited that Resilient by Design will connect the talent in our communities with the smartest policy makers, designers and architects regionally and globally to create realistic solutions to build the Bay Area for the next generation.”

The Rockefeller Foundation Grants $4.6M to Bay Area Leaders to Tackle Climate Change through Innovative Design Competition

January 23, 2017 - PRNewswire - Today, The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $4.6M grant to a coalition of Bay Area leaders to create the Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge - a competition that will engage regional innovators, policymakers, designers, architects, developers, and others in developing creative, realistic and long-lasting infrastructure solutions for the San Francisco Bay Area. This innovative challenge is the first-ever to be modeled after the award-winning Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Design Competition, which was pioneered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation.

Bay Area: Resilient by Design will spur innovative infrastructure solutions for Bay Area communities, so they can withstand and thrive in the face of growing climate change related threats and seismic, housing and income disparity challenges. The groundwork for this effort was paved in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department which sought to develop solutions that yield multiple benefits and address today’s and tomorrow’s vulnerabilities and opportunities.


Lab explores projects to lessen effects of sea level rise on SF Bay

January 22, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle - The Bay Area will soon be a laboratory that tests how urban regions can prepare for the likelihood of sea level rise.

That’s the aim of a $5.8 million design competition being announced this week that will select 10 multidisciplinary teams and assign each a different bayside setting. Each team will have $250,000 to work with and is expected to come up with a proposal that not only looks good but can become reality and has the support of the community where it is located.


How a design competition changed the US approach to disaster response

January 18, 2017 - The GuardianTen years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called “the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city”. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030.

It set a precedent for local action on climate change; cities around the world began drafting their own sustainability plans. But then in October 2012, it got a harsh reality check.

“We would talk about sea-level rise and how it was this thing that would happen in the future,” says Amy Chester, part of the team that created PlaNYC. “Never once in that office did we imagine a storm like Hurricane Sandy could hit New York.”


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