The Rockefeller Foundation Grants $4.6M to Bay Area Leaders to Tackle Climate Change Through Innovative Design Competition
OAKLAND, CA The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $4.6-million grant to a coalition of Bay Area leaders to create the Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge - a competition that will engage regional innovators, policy makers, designers, architects, developers, and others in developing creative, realistic and long-lasting infrastructure solutions for the San Francisco, California, Bay Area. This innovative challenge is the first-ever to be modeled after the award-winning Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Design Competition, which was pioneered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation.
Bay Area: Resilient by Design will spur innovative infrastructure solutions for Bay Area communities, so they can withstand and thrive in the face of growing climate change-related threats and seismic, housing and income disparity challenges. The groundwork for this effort was paved in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department which sought to develop solutions that yield multiple benefits and address today's and tomorrow's vulnerabilities and opportunities.
Beginning in April 2017, Bay Area: Resilient by Design will invite designers, architects, developers, and financial supporters to create and begin implementing 10 visionary, realistic, and replicable design solutions. Each solution must help communities in the nine counties touching the San Francisco Bay to adapt to the impact of rising sea level, increasing storms and flooding, and seismic vulnerabilities.
"Across the Bay Area, increasingly frequent flooding is putting more and more strain on aging infrastructure, while continued sea-level rise is threatening coastal resources. These are real and serious challenges, and they require real and serious solutions," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, pioneer of 100 Resilient Cities and Rebuild by Design. "We are incredibly excited to take all that we learned from our successful Rebuild by Design program - as well as the best practices developed by our 100 Resilient Cities - to help the Bay Area keep disruptions from becoming disasters. Our hope is this challenge will tap into the innovative and collaborative spirit that defines the Bay Area to solve the growing problems facing our communities today - particularly for the poor and vulnerable."
"Building off the success we saw with the Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Design Competition we are excited to implement this innovative challenge which will transform the Rebuild model from one of disaster response to resilience planning," said Amy Chester, Managing Director of Rebuild by Design. "The Bay Area has some of the most vibrant communities and we will look to connect the talent in those communities with the smartest policy makers, designers, architects, and others from across the region and around the world to create realistic solutions to build the Bay Area for the next generation."
Bay Area: Resilient by Design will be divided into two phases: in the first phase, teams will participate in a three-month exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites. Teams will organically form themselves and be comprised of applicants from around the world. Phase two of the challenge will be a collaborative five-month intensive design phase with teams working in partnership with residents, businesses, community-based organizations, and political leaders to develop more detailed, replicable and implementable infrastructure projects.