Resilient SF Design Challenge

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Resilient SF explores the overlay of three related challenges: how the built environment supports our preparedness and response to earthquakes and natural disasters, the shifting nature of civic infrastructures, and the role of existing social infrastructures all the while keeping in mind the city’s underserved communities.


The term relief is featured on the front pages of most daily news coverage of disasters, while preparedness often refers to packaged goods in the form of emergency kits or seismically strengthening buildings. In this challenge, designers are asked to conceive of preparedness solutions that respond to an expanded set of social, environmental, and economic criteria in a way that is inclusive of the needs and assets found in San Francisco’s vulnerable communities.


Public Architecture invited three San Francisco firms–CMG Landscape Architecture, David Baker & Partners, and Perkins Will San Francisco–recognized for their responsive community design work to participate in Resilient SF. These firms will propose innovative approaches that are actionable with limited resources and that could serve as models for other cities. The design teams will present their solutions in front of a large festival audience, followed by a panel discussion moderated by John Peterson and audience


September 18, 2013
6:00 am - 8:30 pm


Interface Showroom
457 Pacifict Ave., San Francisco, CA United States