Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SF Planning: Bay Area Resilient by Design

Uniting the Best Local and Global Minds to Work Toward a More Resilient and Sustainable Future

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The Bay Area Resilient by Design joins government, community leaders and stakeholders from around the region to address challenges affecting the resiliency of our neighborhoods, environment, and infrastructure in this era of climate and seismic uncertainty.

The San Francisco Bay Area is Changing.
The Bay Area Resilient by Design (RBD) presents an exceptional opportunity to develop a unified vision for a more sustainable and resilient future. Climate change and earthquake vulnerability means that businesses, homes, and public infrastructure are at significant risk. Our decades-old systems were not built to withstand the effects of sea level rise, extreme storms, urban flooding, and seismic events; leaving us vulnerable to catastrophic physical and economic damage across the region.

We need a comprehensive and innovative strategy that meets our needs today and creates tangible solutions for tomorrow.

Inspired by Rebuild by Design

Named “One of the 10 Best Ideas of 2013” by CNN, New York’s Rebuild by Design was a multi-stage planning and design competition launched by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in response to the physical and structural damage after the storm.

Rebuild by Design aimed to develop comprehensive, regional, replicable, and implementable solutions to increase resilience to future climate emergencies in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region while strengthening communities today.

Of 148 international applicants, ten teams were selected based on a varied set of skills and methodologies. Of the ten final design proposals, seven are currently undergoing implementation throughout the region.

Inspired by this innovative approach, the Bay Area Resilient by Design presents an opportunity to elevate the public dialogue surrounding our rapidly changing and threatened environment and develop a unified vision for moving the region toward a more sustainable and resilient future.


Managing Partners

Comprised of core regional organizations from around the Bay Area, the Managing Partners will lead the Design Challenge with input and direction from the Chief Resiliency Officers from San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, San Francisco Estuary Institute, SPUR, the Climate Readiness Institute, and the California Coastal Conservancy. It will oversee communications, fund raising, research, and public engagement, and be accountable to funders.

Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group will consist of diverse scientists and academics, who will lead design teams on tours, host panel discussions, and coordinate meetings with community members and environmental leaders, in addition to government agencies.

Government Advisory Group

Made up of representatives from participating agencies, the Government Advisory Group will offer an overview of opportunities and vulnerabilities, citing specific insights and expertise through their work in their region.

Local Experts Group

Like the Government Advisory Group, the Local Experts will help the design teams better understand the region and its most pressing issues. This group will be comprised of environmental organizations, civic associations, community advocates and key stakeholders. These experts will help the design teams better understand the region and its most pressing issues.


The Jury will function as an expert panel throughout the design challenge; responsible for choosing the design teams, providing critical input during the analysis and design stages, evaluating submissions and, ultimately, choosing the final designs.

Project Timeline


1. Analysis + Talent
After an international call for participants, interdisciplinary design teams will be chosen based on their diversity of expertise and particular approach to resilience, not a  solution to a defined problem.
2. Local Research
Once chosen, design teams will be guided through an extensive research phase, including area tours and discussions with government agencies, academic institutions, and community leaders. Together, teams will explore the interdependencies of large-scale infrastructure planning, housing, economic development, transportation, tourism, insurance, vulnerable populations, environmental justice,  ecology, and conservation.
3. Collaborative Design
Teams will work with local government and community stakeholders to incorporate existing plans, local ideas, and needs into their designs. Final proposals will reflect the community’s vision, vulnerabilities, and opportunities, ensuring broad and long-term public support for implementation.
4. Selection
Design teams will submit their final designs, finance, and implementation plans for jury review.  Projects will be required to have garnered local government and community support.
After the Competition
Designs that have met all standards and criteria will receive public recognition from elected officials who, along with local government partners, will develop implementation plans based on identified funding sources. Other prizes and opportunities are currently under consideration.
Final design proposals must meet the following criteria:*
  • Be implementable, using best practice technologies and engineering
  • Be replicable for different ecosystems and built typologies
  • Gain the support of local communities and governments
  • Connect, coordinate and collaborate across the region
  • Address cultural, economic, and ecological factors to strengthen communities
  • Be comprehensive, providing both physical and social benefits
*specifics to be determined

Community: Setting a New Standard

Through vigorous community engagement and education, the RBD will work to shift the public’s perception of climate change. In changing the conversation, we will transition the fear and sense of vulnerability surrounding this issue into empowerment and action. Collaborative open forums will capture the public’s imagination and inspire a commitment to new ideas that will be incorporated into final designs.

In the News: New York Rebuild By Design


Diana Sokolove, Senior Planner
Citywide Planning
tel: 415-575-9046
email: diana.sokolove@sfgov.org

(Source: http://sf-planning.org/bay-area-resilient-design-challenge)

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