SPUR Oakland: Resilient by Design

SPUR Oakland: Resilient by Design

The bay is a major amenity for our region, but its extensiveness also makes it daunting to anticipate and respond to sea level rise. A new regional design challenge launching this summer, Resilient by Design, will bring together Bay Area communities and designers to envision the resilient waterfronts of our future. Get a sneak peak at the design brief and join a discussion of what’s to come before the challenge concludes in the spring of 2018.

+ Amanda Brown-Stevens / Resilient by Design


Email address: publicprograms@spur.org

Phone: 510.827.1900


free for SPUR members
$10 for non-members

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

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Partner Event:  The Evolving Role of the Social Impact Designer
6:00pm 6:00pm

Partner Event: The Evolving Role of the Social Impact Designer

The Trump election, Brexit, and rising nationalism here and abroad have called many things into question, including how we situate the built environment in an overall field of priorities, and they come at a time when the social implications of design have been increasingly prominent. That rise has been predicated on a social democratic philosophy which suggests that the built environment is a public resource. Many public goods (e.g. clean air, clean water) already are under assault. Does the built environment require a new form of defense? If so, what is it?

Welcome by Joe Speicher, ED, Autodesk Foundation
MC – Eric Cesal, Special Projects Director, Curry Stone Design Prize
Moderator – John King, Urban Design Critic, San Francisco Chronicle


  • Brian Tucker, Founder, GeoHazards International
  • Amy Ress, Program Director, Resilient by Design
  • David Baker, David Baker Architects

This event is hosted by the Curry Stone Design Prize in partnership with the Autodesk Foundation

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=39505a704a1e11e781f00a39556d7ec2&client_token=94649dc338e1433681bb58b75a521409&eid=34042621397

Scholarships for attendance to this event based on financial need are available through the Curry Stone Foundation. Please email Taryn Turner taryn@currystonedesignprize.com

Curry Stone Design Prize is one of the most recognized social impact design awards, celebrating socially engaged practitioners and the influence and reach of design as a force for improving lives and strengthening communities.

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Resilient by Design RFQ Information Session
9:00am 9:00am

Resilient by Design RFQ Information Session

If you have read through the Design Brief and still have questions, come to our information session to get your questions answered.

This event will be in person at the Bay Area Metro Center (375 Beale st) and online via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.

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7:00pm 7:00pm


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. 
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free; RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.

This panel discussion is part of a series of conversations about the variety of responses to current social and political challenges, including individual expression, community organizing, scientific research, and place-based activism. earn how Resilient by Design is partnering with local residents and experts from the design community—including architects, engineers, and planners—to generate imaginative yet achievable approaches to making the Bay Area more resilient to future changes.

With earthquakes and climate change looming in the Bay Area’s future, local communities and organizations have been working together to launch the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge—a collaborative project to develop innovative solutions to threats like sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquake damage.

The project’s plans will also be mindful of other regional issues, such as housing, health, transportation, and economic disparities.


About the Speakers

Dwayne S. Marsh is the Deputy Director of Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), a core program of Center for Social Inclusion. CSI’s mission is to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. 

Amy Chester is the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, the New York City program that inspired Resilient by Design. She has spent almost 20 years in urban affairs, municipal policy, community engagement, and real estate development.

Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. She has experience in both the public and private sectors working on urban innovation and community development.

Robin Grossinger co-directs the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Program, which studies how California landscapes have changed since European contact, in order to guide landscape-scale restoration strategies.

The series is funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy


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