Rising Tides Competition Announces Winning Climate Change Adaptation Ideas

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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.

Learn more about the competition.

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

3 thoughts on “Rising Tides Competition Announces Winning Climate Change Adaptation Ideas

  1. charles reedagin 07/15/2009 / 7:57 pm

    $75,000 of your tax dollars at work for empty ideas:

    1/5/09 BCDC: “The Commission voted to authorize the executive director to enter into a $25,000 (contract) with Meckel Design Consulting to manage an international design competition…” An additional $50,000 from the feds would go to awards.

    3 CCA instructors were winners, while the competition boasted 18 nations.

    K/R suggests an inane levee for the dynamic, deep waters of the bay which would destroy the existing coastline. Faulders’ lasers draw an ugly path around the bay to show the path of future neanderthal earthen dikes.

    There already exist sophisticated dike systems in other countries that aren’t like the superficial walls you imagine.

  2. greg otake 07/16/2009 / 1:55 am

    The landscape architect and urban design entries were dynamic, including one of the few visionary entries that proposed increasing topographical intensity at the edge.

    However, the international public that was invited should have increased access to the competition organization. David Meckel, CCA Director of Planning was retained to publicize the competition and select the jury.

    Half of the winners were CCA instructors, while the competition boasted 18 nations.

    CCA Byron Kuth suggests an inane levee for the dynamic, deep waters of the bay which would destroy the existing coastline.

    CCA Faulders’ lasers draw an ugly path around the bay to show the path of future neanderthal earthen dikes. Anyone interested in cutting edge tidal protection can research measures already in effect worldwide.

  3. interested 08/03/2009 / 12:36 pm

    sounds like the folks who have taken the time to comment are more interested in slamming anyone related to CCA than in actual discussion of ideas. what a shame.

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