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Designing a More Resilient Future for the Bay Area

Amanda Brown-Stevens — Managing Director, Resilient By Design

Throughout this country and beyond, we are starting to see tangible effects of climate change in our communities and we know we are not prepared. Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is an innovative, community-based way to proactively tackle the threat of sea-level rise. The gist: meet one of our greatest challenges with a challenge. The project started with an open-call to our global and local communities to come together and dream, design, and create resilient solutions that address the impacts of climate change in our region while creating tangible benefits to local community residents now and in the future. As the Challenge comes to a close, teams made up of landscape architects, engineers, designers, ecologists, local residents and community leaders are preparing to unveil their approaches for tackling resilience in the Bay Area.

Modeled after the successful Rebuild by Design program, pioneered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, that focused on rebuilding areas of New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, our Design Teams are being asked to do the same thing — but this time, before disaster strikes, to help communities prepare rather than rebuild.

As Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge culminates on May 17 and 18, the work of building a resilient future is just beginning. Please take a look at the 10 sites selected for design by going to to learn more.

This is a developing story. Please check back on May 17, 2018 for an updated post with the signature image for each of the winning design.

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