Team Resources is an additional online resource that provides an introduction to the context and challenges facing the San Francisco Bay Area region. This is a starter kit to give design teams a sense of the complexity of the region and to guide design-thinking in order to address the challenges of resilience.
Home to 7 million people and at least 1,000 species of animals, the San Francisco Bay Area is a highly productive ecosystem and economy with a rich natural and socio-economic history. However, the Bay Area faces increasing risks from sea level rise, earthquakes, extreme weather events, flooding, and social inequities. The region must enhance its resilience to be able to effectively respond and thrive given these future risks and vulnerabilities. Resilient by Design will produce designs to enhance regional resilience to disaster risks while supporting its ongoing economic development, ecological health, and the well-being of its citizens. The process is intended to generate innovative ideas from scientists, planners, designers and engineers that take into account the changing nature of the coastal environment.
Producing twenty-first century design for Bay shore communities, high-density urban ecosystems, and ecological networks requires a system perspective at the regional level. Regional scale analyses are necessary to identify biophysical and socioeconomic patterns, and processes that influence system resilience; describe how demographic, economic, and environmental trends influence system resilience; and assess how urban or Bay shore community design influences system resilience. This starter kit of analysis is intended to inform will provide the basis for applicant’s design focus concepts that in order to present innovative ideas that meet the standard of resilience.