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San Francisco Kicks Off Planning for Resilience Challenge
The San Francisco Bay Area is gearing up for a competition based on the Rebuild by Design model. Rebuild by Design has been working closely with the San Francisco Department of City Planning and other stakeholders throughout nine counties of the Bay area to scope a process focused on storm surges and rising sea level in the San Francisco Bay. This design competition is a collaboration of organizations and individuals working together to find implementable solutions and leave a lasting legacy of environmental sustainability and resilient communities for future generations.

On April 18, leaders from the region gathered at the San Francisco Foundation office to discuss the Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge. Leaders included Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Assemblyman Tom Thurmond, and 100 Resilient Cities Executive Director Michael Berkowitz as well as many key agencies and foundations. Together, they are embarking on a visionary and interdisciplinary opportunity to make the region resilient to sea level rise, storm surge, urban flooding and seismic events. Learn more>>
Project Updates from the Sandy Region
Hoboken, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) held three open house community workshops that focused on design elements and amenities to be incorporated into the Hudson River project. Dozens of residents discussed the pros and cons of the design options for urban amenities in location based breakout sessions. Several citizens voiced concerns regarding cost, need and aesthetics. Others voiced strong support for using this opportunity to increase amenities while designing a comprehensive flood plan. There is one more upcoming open house on April 28th in Weehawken, NJ. Learn more»

Long Island, NY -
 New York State is moving forward on the Living with the Bay project to restore and revitalize Hempstead Lake Dam and Hempstead Lake State Park. By making a century old dam functional, the project will simultaneously enhance the resilience of the greenway, boathouse, lake, and two ponds. These improvements will complement additional environmental restoration and community resilience initiatives that are being carried out as part of project including several educational and workforce development programs. The collective components will further resilience in Nassau County communities, while simultaneously contributing to the ecological restoration and social reactivation of the Mill River corridor. The public is invited to attend the kick off CAC meeting to learn more about the project on May 24.  Learn more»

Bridgeport, CT -  Earlier this month, a meeting led by the CT Department of Housing was held with the newly elected Mayor of Bridgeport, Mayor Ganim. Representatives from HUD, the design team, and the Yale Urban Design Workshop provided the Mayor and his senior staff with information about the progress of Rebuild By Design in Bridgeport and the opportunities for City departments and community stakeholders to be involved throughout implementation process. 

The design team convened separately at the Yale Urban Design Workshop to develop the Design Conditions Report, which is taking the form of an atlas. The atlas will capture key challenges and opportunities throughout the project area as they relate to the city’s environmental history, urban development, water management, and ecology. Learn more»

Hunts Point, NY - A year-long local stakeholder engagement process has identified two priority categories for feasibility studies: flood risk reduction and resilient energy. After careful consideration and stakeholder input, the City will be advancing feasibility studies in both categories and pursuing a pilot project in resilient energy. The City is excited to announce that it has selected a consultant for the feasibility studies and for conceptual design and environmental review (as needed) for the pilot project. This next phase of work will kick off late spring/early summer. The City is looking forward to continuing its work with all Hunts Point stakeholders on this critical effort, as well as coordinating with other ongoing community and agency resilience projects in the area. Learn more»

Meadowlands, NJ -  NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is looking for feedback on community involvement in the New Meadowlands project. The 30-day comment period on the Draft Citizen Outreach Plan (COP) is open until May 6, 2016 at 5pm. Click here for details on how to comment.

Awards

Congratulations to the SCAPE team on winning the 2015 Katerva Award

The Living Breakwaters proposal has been chosen as Urban Design / Smart Cities Category Winner in the 2015 Katerva Awards. The project was chosen from around 3,500 nominations to be among the top 50 of the world's most promising and impactful innovations. Learn more»

Upcoming Events

Tonight: Hudson River Community Workshop, 
Weehawken

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will be hosting an open house community workshop this Thursday, April 28th at 6:30pm at the St. Lawrence Church Community Room for the Hudson River Project. This meeting is the last in a series of four open house community workshops.  To learn more about past community workshops click here.

May 10 - 13: Adaptation Futures, Rotterdam

Join Rebuild by Design at Adaptation Futures - the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). Henk Ovink and Amy Chester will be speaking on May 10th at 1:30PM for the panel "Adaptation to Climate Change in the IJsselmeer Region: Creating the Future by Addressing the Past." 

You can also visit the exhibition space where Rebuild by Design will showcase the work from the Sandy Region. Learn more»

 

May 24: Kick Off 
CAC Meeting, 
Long Island

The first Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Living with the Bay project will be on Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm at the Village of Rockville Centre Public Library. The Governor's Office of Storm Recovery will bring CAC members together to discuss the comprehensive coastal and social resilience measures planned for the Mill River Watershed. Learn more»

July 10-14: World Cities Summit, Singapore

Rebuild by Design and 100 Resilient Cities will hold an exhibition of resilient projects from around the world at the World Cities Summit and International Water Week in Singapore on July 10-14. Learn more»
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Rebuild by Design is working in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and thanks The Rockefeller Foundation and other funders for ongoing support.

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