Resilient by Design

Resiliency

Special Issue of “Estuary News” Explores the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge

Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge

The latest special issue of ESTUARY News magazine is now available and takes a deep dive into the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, which in May 2017 selected nine high-powered teams from across the globe to come up with innovative design ideas that address sea level rise and resilience to climate change around the region.

Last month, after a year-long process, Resilient by Design shared the final design concepts developed by local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts. These concepts were “meant to inspire, catalyze action, and push us along the path to a more resilient future.

The June 2018 Issue of ESTUARY News explores each of the individual Bay Area Challenge design concepts in more detail and puts the whole Challenge in wider context, including where we might go from here. Keep reading to find out more! Read More

ABAG

Video: Building a Resilient Region – The 2018 ABAG General Assembly

We recently reviewed some of the Highlights from the Spring 2018 ABAG General Assembly, providing an overview of the program's focus on topics such as wildfires, floods and sea level rise, earthquakes, and energy.

The video above gives a sneak peak inside the event itself, featuring some of the the speakers and public officials who came together to discuss "Building a Resilient Region" and how cities and regions can effectively respond to the unique challenges of the 21st Century. Read More

Resiliency

Resilient by Design San Francisco Showcase Open from May 22 to June 1, Reception on May 23

Keeping Seal Level Rise at Bay Poster

We recently highlighted the nine final proposals for adapting to sea level rise in vulnerable locations around the Bay that came out of the year-long Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge. Now, you have a chance to take in these innovative projects first-hand at Keeping Sea Level Rise at Bay: Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge | San Francisco Design Showcase.

The design showcase will be on display for public viewing from May 22 to June 1 at the Bay Area Metro Center lobby, 375 Beale Street in San Francisco, and open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

In addition, Resilient by Design, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the East Cut Community Benefit District invite members of the public join them for a reception and talk this Wednesday, May 23, to learn more about the just-unveiled innovative designs for mitigating sea level rise at the Bay’s edge:

Reception and Talk: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA

More information and tickets are available on the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge website.  Read More

MTC-ABAG

MTC and ABAG Release First-Ever Joint Annual Report to Congress

Annual Report to Congress

MTC and ABAG have released their first-ever joint annual report to Congress for 2018, urging lawmakers in Washington D.C. to honor long-standing bipartisan commitments to transportation, housing and disaster relief.  The report, Accelerating Progress: Strong Partnerships Move the Bay Area Forward:

  • Provides an overview of the Bay Area’s policy and funding priorities, including priorities for a national infrastructure and a response to the Trump Administration’s budget proposal
  • Discusses the region’s major capital investment grant requests, including Caltrain modernization and the Bay Area’s next generation of transit capacity
  • Provides an update on both agencies’ major ongoing initiatives, including North Bay wildfire recovery efforts, climate change adaptation, bold efforts to solve the region’s housing crisis, the expansion of the Bay Area Express Lanes network, as well as research, planning and funding to maximize the benefits of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. 

For more detail on these and other issue areas and initiatives, download the report. Read More

Meetings

2/16 Meeting Preview: Bay Area Regional Collaborative

Text reads "Building Regional Momentum For More Resilient Communities" over a picture of bay wetlands.

The Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) will be meeting at the Bay Area Metro Center on Friday, February 16, at 10:00 a.m. Tune in live to hear updates on BARC's solar project, the Adapting to Rising Tides Program, an SB 1 grant, their work with the Government Alliance for Race and Equity, public comments received on the Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience draft report, the Berkeley Energy Assurance Transformation (BEAT) Microgrid Project, and the Resilient by Design Challenge. Read the full meeting agenda here. Read More

Resiliency

Metro Talks: Three Perspectives on Resilience

This past fall’s special edition of Metro Talks – a speaker series hosted by the Bay Area’s four regional agencies at the Bay Area Metro Center – featured three design experts participating in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. The speakers included Henk Ovink, the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of Netherlands, Rupal Sanghvi, Founder of HealthxDesign, and Cathy Simon, Fellow, American Institute of Architects.  

In the above video, the speakers share their unique professional and personal perspectives on what resilience means and why it matters, including how research and design can help make the Bay Area more resilient to the impacts of climate change including sea level rise and flooding. As leaders in integrating the disciplines of public health, architectural design, ecology, social equity and public sector ingenuity, they shared insights for how the Bay Area can navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead in local and regional resilience building. Read More