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In addition to a housing shortage, social inequity and drought, the Bay Area faces significant stressors, including earthquakes and sea level rise.  

  • The US Geological Survey reports that there is a 63% chance of one or more earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.7 or larger striking the Bay Area in the next 30 years.
  • The Bay Area has 500 miles of shoreline. With just 1.6 feet of sea level rise, well below most projections, 160,000 residents and workers across the San Francisco Bay Area would be at risk of  inundation in a 100 year flood event. At least $62 billion worth of property and infrastructure would be at risk in the SF Bay Area. Some of the areas most at risk are underserved communities around the Bay in East Palo Alto, Richmond and San Francisco.

The Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge brings together government, community leaders and stakeholders from around the region, to address resiliency challenges which affect the neighborhoods, environment and infrastructure in the rapidly changing Bay Area.

This competition is modeled after the successful “Rebuild by Design” competition following Hurricane Sandy, which CNN named “one of the 10 best ideas of 2013.” As an interdisciplinary, design-driven effort, the final solutions were developed with strong community support for major infrastructure projects and were designed to provide government with a blueprint for future planning in the wake of climate uncertainties.

This Bay Area competition will develop implementable, collaborative solutions for theregion to plan for sea-­‐level rise and seismic hazards as it elevates the public dialogue about the interconnectedness of our changing environment with shoreline planning and design.

This design challenge supports existing efforts of Chief Resilience Officers and government agencies throughout the Bay Area to develop more resilient communities by integrating existing community plans and organizing structures into design solutions with stakeholder support. The challenge also creates a framework for government agencies to work collaboratively.

The projects designed by the teams will be comprehensive and provide multiple benefits. The solutions may contain both hard and soft infrastructure and address social needs (i.e. jobs, housing). Project designs can address issues such as economic development goals, housing, public access, and ecological health.

The project is still in its developmental phase, with launch expected in 2016.

Shira Bezalel, San Francisco Estuary Institute+ Shira Bezalel, San Francisco Estuary Institute

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