The Rockefeller Foundation together with other organizations have brought their Rebuild by Design design competition to the San Francisco Bay Area. Like the original competition set up in the tri-state area after Hurricane Sandy, the Bay Area Challenge identified a set of teams that will go out into communities and devise conceptual designs for reducing exposure to the harmful impacts of climate change. The goal is to “lay out a blueprint for resilience in our region and communities around the world.”
Out of 51 teams that submitted proposals, 10 multi-disciplinary teams of landscape architects, climate scientists, architects, engineers, and artists have been selected to engage communities over the next nine months. Half are led by a landscape architecture firm, and almost all include landscape architecture firms. Also, each team includes at least one firm from the Bay Area, while some teams are made up of all local firms and experts.
The 10 teams:
- BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD
- Bionic Team, led by Bionic Landscape and includes WXY and PennDesign
- Common Ground, led by TLS Landscape Architecture
- HASSELL+, which includes MVRDV
- Permaculture + Social Equity, led by Base Landscape Architecture
- Public Sediment, led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and includes Dredge Research Collaborative
- The All Bay Collective, led by AECOM and includes CMG Landscape Architecture, and the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design
- The Field Operations Team, led by James Corner’s firm
- The Home Team, led by Mithun
- Team UPLIFT, led by Gensler and includes Arup and Margie Ruddick Landscape
Next, the teams will head out into the community for three months on collaborative research tours. Local experts and community groups will identify “locations vulnerable to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes.” In November, each team will present 3-5 project design opportunities. And then in December, one project will be selected for each team.
The design work will then begin early next year. Teams will be expected to form close partnerships with state and local governments and community groups in order to achieve implementation.
Also, Resilient by Design is partnering with Y-PLAN, an educational platform developed by University of California, Berkeley that enables “young people to tackle real-world problems in their communities through project-based civic learning experiences.” Alongside the Bay Area Challenge, Y-PLAN will lead students through a similar planning and design effort, empowering them to “dream big and envision a more resilient Bay Area grounded in equity, and providing sources of inspiration for future college and career readiness for young aspiring resilience planners.”