Design Competition Tackles Sites Around Bay Area to Address Rising Waters
By John King
San Francisco Chronicle
12 January 2018
Photos courtesy of Karl Nielsen
Concerns about rising sea levels have prompted urban design and planning experts around the world to propose innovative solutions to address their region’s specific needs. The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge aims to aggregate talented environmental, planning and urban design experts -- as well as residents and community leaders -- to help address the Bay Area’s unique needs.
Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, is one of the leading members of the All Bay Collective, one of ten teams competing and collaborating in this year long challenge.
The first three months of the challenge were spent in a collaborative research phase in which 10 key locations were selected for the project based on their climate change vulnerability.
The All Bay Collective is focused on improving economic and housing alternatives to the San Leandro Bay-Oakland Coliseum area, seeking to increase the region’s resilience to the threats of sea level rise and groundwater flooding.
The collective is exploring buffering existing neighborhoods with horizontal levees and creating “tidal cities,” clusters of floating lagoon structures to help absorb groundwater that might otherwise flood inland areas.
In addition to the tidal city concept, the team is also considering creating “resilient corridors” to allow for continued mobility despite changing sea levels, as well as “resilient equity hubs,” a governance model intended to ally agencies, community advocates, and residents beyond current jurisdictional boundaries.
The challenge commenced in June, and the selected teams were chosen in September, each receiving $250,000 for their proposals. Funding for the challenge has been provided by local governments and the Rockefeller Foundation. The challenge is modeled on New York and New Jersey’s rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The teams are currently reaching out to local communities for their input and collaboration to develop their final proposals in mid-May.
In addition to de Monchaux, the All Bay Collective team members include locally-based and globally experienced professionals, academics, students and policymakers. Team partners include AECOM, CMG Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley and the California College of the Arts.
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