Resilient Equity Hubs: Policy, Finance and Design in the Face of Sea Level Rise

When:  Jul 9, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Members of the All Bay Collective, an interdisciplinary design team that competed in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, will share their experiences aligning policy, finance and design to support equity as the foundation of climate resilience.


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Learning objectives:

  1. Learn how designers can address near-term risks to affordability housing, economic opportunity, health and access to open space in a way that can adapt to long-term risks such as Sea Level Rise.

  2. Learn about leading policy and finance strategies affecting affordable housing and wealth creation in disinvested urban areas and explore how they can be realized and expressed through design at urban and architectural scales.

  3. Learn how to create interactive scenario-planning tools and analyze potential design impacts to inform informed and creative decision-making.

  4. Learn about strategies for building coalitions across disciplines and with community-based organizations.

Building resilient cities means starting with communities on the ground as well as regional economic and ecological systems. It means addressing immediate challenges—such housing affordability, gentrification, public health, and access to resources—as well as the long-term risk of climate change. And yet, our structures for governance and ownership often align with jurisdiction and property boundaries that struggle to address the scale of coordination necessary to support health, wealth and stability.

The speakers in this webinar will share experiences addressing these challenges and testing them with community-based organizations in Deep East Oakland. Their team, the All Bay Collective, was one of 10 teams selected to participate in the Resilient by Design Challenge, for which they developed designs and strategies for the San Leandro Bay/Oakland Coliseum neighborhoods.

Speakers will unpack their proposal to create a regional Commons at San Leandro Bay, with a focus on the creation of Resilient Equity Hubs (REHBs). These alliances among agencies, community advocates, and residents can leapfrog jurisdictional and property boundaries to achieve common stewardship and deliver shared benefits. At the strategic level, REHBs leverage shared governance arrangements and special districts such as a Community Benefits District, Geological Hazard Abatement District, and Eco-District to fund resilient infrastructure and affordable housing made possible through scaled-up support for Accessory Dwelling Units, affordable housing incentives. And Community Land Trusts. In this way, REHBs will enable residents to stay where they are, even as the tides rise. REHBs can support social and economic resilience by building shared equity.

The All Bay Collective is comprised of AECOM, CMG Landscape Architecture, California College of the Arts, and UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, in association with Silvestrum, SKEO, modem, and David Baker Architects.

Janette Kim

Janette Kim’s work focuses on design and ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, and debate. Janette is assistant professor of architecture and co-director of the Urban Works Agency at California College of the Arts, and founding editor of ARPA Journal, a digital publication on applied research practices in architecture. Her projects include designs for the Oakland Coliseum neighborhood as part of the Resilient by Design Challenge, the Safari tours on urban ecology, the Pinterest Headquarters, National AIDS Memorial, and the Fall Kill Creek Master Plan. Janette is also author of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform.

Paul Peninger

Paul Peninger specializes in applying rigorous economic analysis to complex urban development, policy, planning and public finance projects . He has more than 23 years of experience in city planning, real estate feasibility analysis, housing policy and community development. Paul is the Director of AECOM’s Design, Planning and Economics practice in the Pacific region of the United States, and also leads economics projects related to sustainability and resilience across the Americas. As both an urban planner and economist, Paul focuses on the policy and planning intersections between economic feasibility, planning and sustainable development. Paul has been an appointed lecturer in land economics for the Master of Urban Design program at the University of California, Berkeley since 2002. He also currently serves as a member of the Housing Sub-Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning Committee, and sits on the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association Urban Infrastructure Council.

Brad Leibin

Brad Leibin, AIA, is an Associate at David Baker Architects in San Francisco. Brad joined DBA in 2013, inspired by the firm’s commitment to creating dynamic architecture that engages its urban, social, and ecological contexts. Brad was Project Architect for Pacific Pointe, the first 100% affordable housing development completed in the new Hunters Point Shipyard neighborhood of San Francisco. He is currently leading Brady Block, a 600-unit mixed-use development that reimagines a full city block on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. Believing that wonderful design is needed most by those who cannot afford it, Brad regularly devotes time to pro bono efforts. Most recently, he designed SPARC-it Place, a pop-up business incubator and community gathering space on an underutilized West Oakland parking lot. Prior to joining DBA, Brad gained experience at leading design practices including James Corner Field Operations in New York and Public Architecture in San Francisco.


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