International Competition for Ideas Responding to Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay and Beyond


Winner announced. View winning entries...


All are encouraged to bring forward their vision of a future estuarine shoreline that is applicable to San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country San Francisco, United States
RegDeadline 29 June 2009 GoogleCal iCal
29 June 2009 (Must be Postmarked)
Eligibility All

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

Michael Sorkin (a distinguished professor of architecture and director of the graduate program in urban design at the city college of New York)
Walter Hood (a professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA)
Denise Reed (a professor and researcher at the University of New Orleans, whose research focuses on how coastal marshes keep pace with sea-level rise)
Marcel Stive (a scientific director of the Water Research Centre at Delft in Holland and the chair of coastal engineering in hydraulic engineering)
Tracy Metz (a native of Los Angeles, a journalist with the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad for 20 years)

First place: $10,000 USD
Additional prizes: up to $15,000 USD

Entry Fee
$45 (USD): Before May 15, 2009
$75 (USD): May 15, 2009 and after

Single 24” by 36” (Architectural D size) lightweight board

Submission Address
Brad McCrea
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
50 California Street, Suite 2600
San Francisco, California 94111

Winners announced: July 15, 2009
Public exhibit of entries: July 14-19, 2009 (at the San Francisco Ferry Building)

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

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