The ten winning design teams of the Resilient by Design challenge have been allocated to specific sites to start a pilot project with their unconventional solutions to make the San Francisco bay more resilient against the impacts of climate change and regional inequality before a disaster strikes.

Three of these winning teams involve Dutch partners, including One Architecture, Arcadis, Deltares, MVRDV and Goudappel Coffeng.

Integrate community needs
During this new phase in the challenge, the design teams will come together with local residents, public officials, engineers and other experts to further develop their design for the specific site.

At each site selected, the teams' innovative ideas are to be driven by needs of the local communities and are to hone in on addressing ongoing climate issues facing the Bay Area, like sea level rise, severe flooding, and seismic risks, alongside other, sometimes more pressing challenges, including lack of housing, displacement, gentrification, limited access to public land and outdated transportation.

Social ecosystem
Design team Big+One+Sherwood, that includes the Dutch based firm One Architecture, has been allocated to the bay of Islais Creek. The team will, together with local communicates, develop a location specific design of their idea of a social ecosystem that links long-term resilience, affordability, decent jobs, and livability.

The design aims to restore Islais Creek to its natural functioning, acting as the interface and a link between the bay and the tributary system.

Connected water collation points
Design team Hassell+, that includes Dutch-based firms MVRDV and Goudappel and Dutch-based research institute Deltares, will develop a location specific design based on their idea to create ‘collection points’ for water, transport and creation that are connected by corridors.

Together with the communities, the team will design water retention facilities in the uphill parts of the area. These facilities will be connected with newly designed downhill water collection points near the waterfront.

Mud management
Design team Public Sediment, including Dutch-based consultancy firm Arcadis, has been allocated to the Alameda creek and will redesign the creeks flow to enhance sedimentation, create new access for fish, and expand public access between upland and lowland communities.

By connecting the uplands and lowlands more mud is expected to move downstream and replenish the South Bay marshes and mudflats that buffer the impacts of sea level rise.

About Resilient by Design
Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is a collaborative research and design initiative that brings together local, national, and international design experts with community members and local leaders.

The challenge will develop innovative solutions to address the effects of sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes in communities around the San Francisco Bay. This initiative is based on Rebuild by Design, the award-winning model of a bold public-private collaboration that brought innovative design solutions to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the New York region.

Read also on this website
Three Dutch inclusive design teams win San Francisco Bay challenge on flood risk reduction, 12 September 2017
Towards adaptive circular cities with cross sectorial investments combining several goals, 8 June 2016
Flavour of Dutch dialogues gets into 1 billion dollar US disaster resilience plans, 27 January 2016

More information
One Architecture
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 470 0040

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 10 477 2860

Goudappel Coffeng
Deventer, the Netherlands
+ 31 570 666 222

Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 8273

Arcadis US
Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
+1 866 287 7373

Team Big - One –Sherwoord site: new green bay area for Islais creek

Team Hassell+: Connecting water collection points along Colma creek

Team Public sediment: mud management on Almeda creek

General introduction on the overall Resilient by design challenge