Posted by David Tulloch at Friday, May 01, 2009
This is an interesting opportunity that I especially encourage the Sophomores in Landscape Architecture to follow (hint: your Fall might resemble this). What sort of design interventions are appropriate in responding to sea level rise.
An International Competition for Ideas Responding to Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay and Beyond
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is hosting an open international design competition for ideas responding to sea level rise in San Francisco Bay and beyond.
Nearly every day, we learn more about sea level rise – one of the most critical impacts of global warming. Individually and collectively, people are seeking solutions to this climate challenge. The issue of sea level rise is clearly of global importance, and both simple and complex design interventions will be needed to sustain quality of life, preserve the environment and ensure continued economic vitality of shoreline communities throughout the world. Challenges include:
• Rethinking how to build new communities in areas susceptible to future inundation
• Retrofitting valuable public shoreline infrastructure
• Protecting existing communities from flooding
• Protecting wetlands
• Anticipating changing shoreline configurations
At the intersection of rising seas and our coastal human settlements, your ideas are needed. The Rising Tides ideas competition is open to everyone. All are encouraged to bring forward their vision of a future estuarine shoreline that is applicable to San Francisco Bay and beyond.