Design teams compete for best solution to sea-level conundrum
May 30, 2017
An ambitious design competition that seeks to make the Bay Area a model for how to prepare for sea-level rise kicks off this week.
On the drawing board since 2015, Resilient by Design received a major boost in January when the Rockefeller Foundation pledged $4.6 million to make the effort happen. Other sponsors include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the city of San Francisco and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
The plan then was that the launch of the competition would include a list of specific locations.
Instead, the Wednesday kickoff will couple a request for qualifications from design teams, which are expected to include engineers and climate change experts as well as landscape architects, with an “open call” for Bay Area residents to suggest particular spots that might be worthy of in-depth attention.
“We want to emphasize the idea that everyone is involved,” said Brown-Stevens, a former deputy director of the Greenbelt Alliance who also has worked on local political campaigns. “There…