Rising Tides Competition

Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Type: Open, international
Before May 15        $45 (USD)    
May 15 and after    $75 (USD)

The competition is open to everyone wishing to enter, including architects, ecologists, coastal engineers, civil engineers, biologists, landscape architects, planners, artists, developers, builders, and even ordinary citizens. Professionals, academics, researchers, students and innovators of all types are encouraged to generate proposals for consideration. Online registration is required for entry. Those wishing to find team members in other disciplines may visit the competition bulletin board.

1st Prize – $10,000
$15,000 in additional prizes

1 June 2009  – Last day for answers to be posted on the web site
29 June 2009  – Submission deadline
July 13                Jury deliberations
July 14                Winners notified

Michael Sorkin – Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York.
Walter Hood – Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA.
Denise Reed – a Professor and Researcher at the University of New Orleans, whose research focuses on how coastal marshes keep pace with sea-level rise.
Marcel Stive – Scientific Director of the Water Research Centre at Delft in Holland and holds the Chair of Coastal Engineering in Hydraulic Engineering.
Tracy Metz – a native of Los Angeles, has been a journalist with the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad for twenty years, where she writes about architecture, landscape and urban design.

Design Challenge:
This competition seeks to stimulate new ideas to accommodate the rising sea level as it will effect the San Francisco Bay area. Entries will be judged primarily on the following:
•    Rethinking how to build new communities in areas susceptible to future inundation
•    Retrofitting valuable public shoreline infrastructure
•    Protecting existing communities from flooding
•    Protecting wetlands
•    Anticipating changing shoreline configurations

Submission requirements:
This is a single board competition. All entries are to be submitted anonymously with no competitor information visible. A pre-jury screening process will disqualify any entries that violate this requirement. It is recommended that entrants focus on one unique idea per submission board.

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