Bringing resilient design to Islais Creek is a long-term vision but a short-term method to deal with the immediate shocks and stresses of climate change in the built and natural environment.
Subject to king tides, repeat flooding, and sea level rise, the neighborhoods surrounding the present-day industrialized Islais Creek house an increasingly vulnerable hub of vital infrastructure for the City of San Francisco, as well as constituent jobs and cultural assets. At the same time, residents and local workers raise the issues of environmental justice and equitable access to training and jobs.
The BIG + ONE + Sherwood team recognizes the importance of adaptive scalar thinking that accounts for both immediate risks and long-term strategies in the creation of an equitable, climate-responsive, and valuable series of public spaces and interventions. With Islais Hyper-Creek, the team proposes a strategy integrating protective and adaptive measures on the shoreline with ecological restoration and economic growth extending throughout the creek basin, while also fostering social resiliency and training programs further upland.
Source: Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge