resilient bay area (2017-present)

2017-2018 academic year

In the 2017-2018 academic year, students from across the university formed interdisciplinary teams and worked alongside community members to identify critical vulnerabilities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and nurture participatory solutions that could strengthen the Bay Area's resilience to sea level rise.

Outside Stanford, Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge was a collaborative research and design project that brought together local residents, public officials, and local, national and international experts to develop innovative solutions to the issues brought on by climate change that our region faces today. Alongside the formal process which involved professional Design Teams, Stanford students participated through a project-based, service-learning course that closely mirrored RBD. SUS joined forces with the Department of Geophysics, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative to organize this project sequence.

26 students participated in the Autumn Phase of our project, and presented their work to the public on December 4th, 2017, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, as well as on December 11th, 2017 at Stanford. 15 students continued on to the Winter Phase, focusing on the bayfront communities in San Mateo County and indirect losses such as commute disruption and social equity. 8 students finished in the Spring Phase with a final report that attracted broadening interest from local and regional partners. Various next steps and research publications are underway.

Deliverables, videos, and photos from each phase of the project are posted below.

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

fall 2017

Fall Quarter San Mateo County presentation on 12/8/18, slides and recording.

Each of the five student teams in the class dived into unique risks and stakeholder assessments in their regions. They crafted a subset of their findings into ESRI Story Maps which can be viewed below. Click on the maps below to be redirected to a new window. Note that all maps represent academic work in draft form. 

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sunnyvale resilience design studio (2016-17)

In Winter 2017, seven students proposed design solutions for a vulnerable section of Sunnyvale in a studio taught by Bry Sarte and Laszlo Varga of Sherwood Design Engineers. See their work below.