Sponsored by

An International Competition for Ideas Responding to Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay and Beyond

In 2009, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) held an open international design competition for ideas responding to sea level rise in San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Nearly every day, we learn more about sea level rise – one of the most critical impacts of global warming. Individually and collectively, people are seeking solutions to this climate challenge. The issue of sea level rise is clearly of global importance, and both simple and complex design interventions will be needed to sustain quality of life, preserve the environment and ensure continued economic vitality of shoreline communities throughout the world. Challenges include:

•    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

At the intersection of rising seas and our coastal human settlements, your ideas are needed. The Rising Tides ideas competition was open to everyone. All were encouraged to bring forward their vision of a future estuarine shoreline that is applicable to San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Website design and maintenance by Kelly Macy Creative


BCDC's sea level rise competition

on Discovery Channel Canada!

Watch the video here.

The Rising Tides Exhibition is now available for display at your organization. For more information about borrowing the winning entry boards, or all 130 boards, contact Brad McCrea at the email address below.

For information regarding the Rising Tides Competition, please contact:

Brad McCrea

Bay Design Analyst, BCDC