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Resilient By Design: Team Public Sediment

Elevation map of the Alameda Creek watershed (Fremont, Union City, Newark area). The map was used to create a 30”x30” model used for community engagement events.

Elevation map of the Alameda Creek watershed (Fremont, Union City, Newark area). The map was used to create a 30”x30” model used for community engagement events.

Model at the Earth Day Fair in Fremont California in April 2018.

Model at the Earth Day Fair in Fremont California in April 2018.

In May of 2017, community members spanning all 9 Bay Area counties and 10 Design Teams made up of local and international architects, engineers, ecologists and other experts, embarked on a yearlong Challenge to address the looming threat of climate change in the Bay Area.

By stepping outside traditional approaches, we started by asking two questions: 1) Could we come up with innovative solutions to sea level rise and resilience related issues; and 2) Could we be proactive in this approach to protect our communities before a disaster strikes?

10 locations around the region have been selected in communities facing immediate needs and threatened by the impacts of climate change around the Bay.

Our team believes in ecological infrastructure and its protective value. Yet the Bay Area’s ecological infrastructure- its marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges- are at risk. The slow and methodical subsidence of the Bay’s tidal wetlands is a catastrophe of tremendous proportion not just for ecosystems, but for communities. Combined with sea level rise, this subsidence exposes hundreds of thousands of residents and the region’s critical drinking water, energy, and transportation infrastructure to tremendous risk. To creatively adapt to this challenge, our team proposes to focus on sediment, the building block of resilience in the Bay. In short, we propose to design with mud.

To read more about this project, visit the Public Sediment website.

PUBLIC SEDIMENT is a multidisciplinary design team that views sediment as a core building block of resilience in San Francisco Bay. The team is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture with Arcadis, the Dredge Research Collaborative, TS Studio, the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, and the Buoyant Ecologies Lab.