Rather than wait for a natural disaster, the San Francisco Bay Area is proactively reimagining a better future by creating a blueprint for resilience that harnesses Bay Area innovation and serves as a model for communities around the world.

An Open Call for Participation

On May 31, 2017, Resilient by Design will launch an open call for teams of local and global thought-leaders, architects, engineers, public finance experts, educators, and ecologists to join forces and participate in an intensive and collaborative community-based research process. 

At the same time, Resilient by Design will invite community members to participate in this unique challenge and help suggest local sites that are vulnerable to the threats of climate change and where action and investment could enhance community resilience.


Collaborative Research

Led by local Resilient by Design experts, selected Design Teams will develop a deep understanding of the needs of local communities by touring suggested sites, meeting with local residents and researching our unique resilience challenges. 

This process will educate Design Teams to better determine which sites can have the greatest impact and create more resilient communities, and ultimately make more informed decisions in the Collaborative Design phase that follows.

Collaborative Design

Design Teams will be matched with specific sites for the Collaborative Design phase, putting teams side-by-side with key stakeholders and local residents to generate community-driven inspiration. 

During this phase, Resilient by Design will host community events for local residents to share their experiences, insights, priorities and dreams for local sites so that Design Teams can be inspired to develop responsive plans that meet the needs of our communities.

The Result: 10 Implementable Designs

At the end of this year long community engagement process, local residents, community leaders and internationally renowned Design Teams with newly developed local knowledge and expertise will have created 10 final designs that are resilient, aspirational, replicable, implementable, and most importantly, have strong government and community support.