Courtesy Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge

In a Sept. 10 press release, the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge revealed the 10 design teams that will "collaborate with local communities over the next nine months to create 10 innovative approaches for the Bay Area, and lay out a blueprint for resilience in [the] region and communities around the world facing the effects of climate change," according to a competition press release. The 10 winning groups, which comprise a mix of global and local experts, architects, engineers, and students, are BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD, Bionic Team, Common Ground, HASSELL+, Permaculture + Social Equity, Public Sediment, the All Bay Collective, the Field Operations Team, the Home Team, and Team UPLIFT.

The year-long challenge aims to generate 10 separate projects that will help protect the San Francisco Bay Area against natural disasters, such as rising sea levels, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes. The first phase of the challenge, currently underway, is dedicated to research and will be led by local experts and community members who will guide the design groups through several of the area's vulnerable sites over the course of three months. In phase two, set to begin December 2017, each design team will be paired with a specific community site and tasked with designing for its unique challenges.

The design challenge was modeled after New York's Rebuild by Design program, launched in 2014 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sponsors include the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative. Resilient by Design is also partnering up with Y-PLAN, an educational strategy created by University of California, Berkeley that encourages young students to interact with and better their surrounding communities.

“The Bay Area has always been on the forefront of leading change and now has the collective opportunity to take a true next step," said Richmond, Calif., Mayor Tom Butt in the release. "Not only will the challenge bring about 10 new approaches to serve as blueprints for the region, but it can also connect the community long-term to the idea of resilience. We are proud to stand with the 163 municipalities and nine counties who join Richmond in making this a priority."