Rising Tides, an international competition for ideas on how to best respond to sea level rises in the San Francisco bay area as well as other areas, announced six award winners out of 130 entries received. Walter Hood, ASLA, a well-known landscape architect and one of the judges, explained why the jury had selected six winners to receive the USD 25,000 prize: “San Francisco Bay is not the place for a single idea. Taken as a whole, the six winning entries begin to tell a story about adaptation to sea level rise.”
Winners were mostly from the San Francisco bay area, and included: Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s entry ”Bay Arc: A Tidal Response Barrier;” Faulder Studio‘s “Ray Dike;” Kuth Ranieri Architect‘s “Folding Water: A Ventilated Levee for a Living Estuary;” LANDplus Design’s ”Evolutionary Recovery;” Wright Huaiche Yang + J. Lee Stickles’ ”Topographical Shifts at the Urban Waterfront;” and Derek James Hoeferlin, Ian Caine, and Michael Heller’s “100 year plan: Rising Tides are a catalyst to solve the water crisis.”
The winning teams were largely inter-disciplinary, with architects as well as structural, marine and environmental engineers, participating in the concept development.
Also, the World Bank’s Development Marketplace is focused on climate change adaptation this year. 20-30 winners, who are expected to be announced in November, will share USD 4-6 million in awards. The top 100 finalists will be announced by the end of July.
Image Credit: Rising Tides / Kuth Ranieri Architects