SouTh San Francisco

San Mateo County



The HASSELL+ team understands water. We understand designing for water, living with water and the immense social potential that waterfront places offer communities when they are connected to them. HASSELL, originating from Australia, as well as Deltares + Goudappel, originating from the Netherlands, are drawn to Resilient by Design through an acute understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that research-led design can unlock for waterfront communities.

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HASSELL+ is designing innovative solutions that tackle the impacts of climate change in San Mateo County, before disaster strikes. The team’s design process will rely heavily on local voices to inspire real transformation. Together with community, HASSELL+ will utilize the next design phase to listen and learn from the insights of local residents, help imagine design approaches that take on climate risk, and ensure the solutions proposed in May of 2018 reflect community needs.



South San Francisco is the Bay’s self-proclaimed Industrial City. Major freeway and rail lines connect South San Francisco to the region but create local disconnections.


Existing infrastructure in the Bay forms loops. The Bay Trail, The Ridge Trail, Rail & Freeways, all form like circuits, getting more and more congested and at risk of breaking. HASSELL+ is proposing the creation of points of collection and a series of connections from town centers; transit nodes to the waterfront. Acting as streets of retreat in emergency, as well as corridors for regeneration and water management.

We aim to engage communities in the co-design of a suite of structures, facilities and programs for the waterfront. Designed locally and potentially even shared regionally with other shoreline communities. From Tool Libraries to Resilience Education Centers, these shoreline elements could become hubs of community activity with a particular focus on learning about sea-level rise and engaging in decision making around resilience adaptation.


With new ferries completing the network, critical in emergency but also unlocking commuter pressure from freeways. Collectors build capacity for mitigating fluvial flooding, decentralizing water collection, treatment and reuse, but they are also conceived of as a new type of adaptable, community-programmed public space. These spaces link to each other, and to the surrounding neighborhood, by a major street or creek. Increasing access to the waterfront and across the bay, via new ferry piers, where feasible. Enabling a pleasant commute on a regular weekday, or a much needed evacuation system in disaster.

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