AECOM leads the All Bay Collective, one of 10 teams participating in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. AECOM is collaborating with CMG Landscape Architecture, University of California Berkeley – College of Environmental Design, Berkeley Center for New Media, the Terner Center, California College of the Arts, IDEO, Silvestrum, SKEO and Moll de Monchaux.

Following a collaborative research phase, teams presented design opportunities on November 15. The All Bay Collective found that in the face of rising sea levels and groundwater, the hard edges established by shoreline development, transportation corridors and jurisdictional boundaries constrain the Bay Area more than protect and connect it. The team proposes to move from “living on the edge of risk” to “living in the edge.”

This approach is expressed in three concepts. “Tidal City” involves excavating lagoons in the shore zone and building floating housing so communities can remain safely in place with rising water levels. “Resilient Corridors” involves lidding or raising vulnerable segments of transportation corridors, generating opportunities for new housing and restoring connections for people and wildlife from the Bay to the hills. “Resilient Equity Hubs” involves sharing resources and responsibilities across jurisdictions so communities can better address immediate social and economic needs as well as long-term resilience.

These concepts can work together at multiple scales and have been explored in the context of San Leandro Bay, East Palo Alto Baylands and San Rafael Bay and. The All Bay Collective is excited to partner with community members and groups as the challenge moves forward toward implementable solutions. View the All Bay Collective’s video here. Concepts are open for public comment here. Follow the All Bay Collective on Instagram and Twitter.