On May 17, the Public Sediment team presented their final proposal for the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, a year long research and design initiative to develop creative solutions for adapting to climate change and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area. Public Sediment, a multi-disciplinary team led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture, includes Adam Marcus and colleagues at the CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab, as well as the Dredge Research Collaborative, Arcadis, UC Davis, Cy Keener, and TS Studio.
Over the past year, Public Sediment has been working with community leaders, activists, and organizations to help shape the Bay Area’s collective future by tackling local priorities and concerns together. The team's final design proposal, Public Sediment for Alameda Creek, focuses on the Alameda Creek watershed that includes the cities of Fremont and Union City in the East Bay. The project represents a paradigm shift in how we plan for climate change. Rather than hardening the edge and ignoring the long-term consequences, we must recalibrate our relationship with sediment and water resources and invest today in living systems that will grow over time to adapt to sea level rise.
The Resilient by Design jury recognized the project as "a model for research, design, and practice around the bay and beyond." To see the full presentation (by SCAPE design principal Gena Wirth), see this link. For more info and images of the project, see this link.