The Bay Area Council on Wednesday (May 31) joined with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and other Bay Area leaders to announce the launch of an exciting design competition to solicit innovative solutions to address the effects of sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes in communities around the San Francisco Bay. 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 competition is largely funded through a $4.6 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, and is based off of the successful Rebuild by Design contest in New York-New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. In his comments at the announcement, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Sam Carter credited the region’s passage of Measure AA, last year’s Bay Area Council-backed $12 parcel tax to fund Bay resiliency projects, for the Foundation’s decision to choose the Bay Area over other competing regions in the U.S. For more information, please contact Vice President of Public Policy, and Resilient by Design Executive Board member, Adrian Covert.