How to Save San Rafael from Sea-Level Rise
This year's Resilient by Design challenge in the Bay Area offered ten teams of architects and designers from around the world a chance to develop imaginative yet feasible solutions to some of the region's stickiest sea-level-rise issues. Among them there Bionic Team, which tackled one of the trickiest of all (sorry, that was the last -- and best -- superlative of the graf): flood-prone downtown San Rafael, a critical hub of transportation and economic activity that's also home to Marin's most disadvantaged citizens. Much of the area already sits at or below current sea level, and without significant changes will face significant threats in the very near future: we're talking 2030, not 2050 or 2100. Here's my story on Bionic Team's plan to save the city.