Resilient by Design: Bay Area Challenge is Moving Forward

CMG Landscape Architecture is continuing its efforts to create a resilient future for the Bay Area through their work in East Oakland and with the University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Our collaboration began as a part of the All Bay Collective who developed the Estuary Commons proposal for the Resilient By Design: Bay Area Challenge.

Jamie Phillips (Principal), Nico Wright (Associate), and Chris Guillard (Partner) from CMG Landscape Architecture, worked with UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design professor, Dr. Kristina Hill to lead a graduate landscape architecture landscape architecture studio.

The studio curriculum was inspired by our collaboration with the East Oakland Collective’s Keta Price and Oakland Climate Actions Colin Cook-Miller throughout the Resilient By Design process, and a critique of typical development models that promote “place making” without regard for existing residents and communities of color. As an alternative CMG and the UC Berkeley students and faculty explored modes of “place keeping” that sought to develop strategies for adapting existing neighborhoods to rising sea and ground water levels while strengthening their economic resiliency in the face or rampant gentrification.

The students explored whether a residential street right-of-way can impact the communities climate and economic adaptation by adding trees, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), community agriculture, bike lending libraries, and canals that draw the high water table draw down to accommodate  increasing sea levels in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students contributed maps and participated in community planning as a part of the City of Oakland’s to address the climate change in East Oakland.

Click here to learn more about the studio!

Take a look at what the All Bay Collective is doing now!

Here is an example of a video some of the students (Sam Gebb, Julia Prince, and Felix de Rosen) made to illustrate how canals can mitigate flooding: