The Public Sediment team (which includes AEL directors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones) has won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter, for their Unlock Alameda Creek proposal. The project was developed within the framework of the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, a year-long research and design initiative exploring new design approaches to sea level rise and climate change.Read More
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisrtation (NOAA) recently awarded a coastal adaptation grant to the Public Sediment project, a collaborative endeavor led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture that includes AEL directors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones. The grant is in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy.
The National Coastal Resilience Fund program supports identified priority regions to enhance fish and wildlife habitats and improve the resilience of coastal communities. In total, $28.9 million of funding were distributed across 35 grants. One of the grants was awarded to the California State Coastal Conservancy for “Gravel Beach and Berm Design for Shorebird Habitat, Erosion Control and Flood Protection” in California, known in the Public Sediment project as the Pebble Dune. The funding will support continued design work on the Public Sediment project, developed through the Resilient By Design Competition, and enhance flood protection infrastructure, wetlands restoration, and public access to 1,300 acres of shoreline.
The Public Sediment team is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and includes Arcadis, The Dredge Research Collaborative, TS Studio, UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, Cy Keener, and Architectural Ecologies Lab. See this link for more info on the project.
The Public Sediment team (which includes AEL directors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones) has won an AIA California Merit Award in the Urban Design category, for their Unlock Alameda Creek proposal. The project was developed within the framework of the Resilient By Design bay Area Challenge, a year-long research and design initiative exploring new design approaches to sea level rise and climate change.Read More
The Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab, a project led by CCA AEL directors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones, has been selected for a 2018 R+D Award by Architect Magazine. The project builds upon four years of applied research into ecologically productive materials for waterfront structures, and it was developed in collaboration with marine ecologists at the Benthic Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) manufacturers at Kreysler & Associates. The Float Lab is a prototype for a floating breakwater that incorporates an ecologically optimized FRP substrate on the underside, which is designed to encourage the growth of diverse marine invertebrate habitats. The accumulation of marine life is optimized such that the resulting biomass helps to attenuate waves and potentially mitigate coastal erosion.
The jury for this year's R+D Awards consisted of Jackilin Hah Bloom and Florencia Pita of Pita & Bloom, Tom Chung of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and Randy Deutsch of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In the award citation, juror Deutsch remarked "The research that this team took was in-depth, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and collaborative. That and how they displayed the results over time was over-the-top impressive.”
The Float Lab recently received a permit from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission for a three-year deployment at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, located in the Port of Oakland. The prototype will be launched later this fall.
On Wednesday, February 21, CCA faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones will present the work of the Architectural Ecologies Lab as part of "Field Dispatches from Resilient By Design" panel discussion at the University of California, Davis.
On November 15, Public Sediment, one of ten teams selected for the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, presented research and design concepts to a public audience at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
The team presented three proposals for investing in the San Francisco Bayland ecosystems to buffer vulnerable communities and species from the threats of sea level rise. The proposals incorporate research into ecologically performative materials, floating breakwaters, and aquatic species that CCA faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones have been developing as part of the Buoyant Ecologies project. All projects are posted here and open to public feedback and comment until December 7, 2017.
Public Sediment is a multidisciplinary design team that views sediment as a core building block of resilience in San Francisco Bay. The team is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and includes the Buoyant Ecologies team, the Dredge Research Collaborative, Arcadis, TS Studio, the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
Public Sediment, which includes Buoyant Ecologies faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones, has been chosen as one of ten teams to participate in Resilient By Design’s Bay Area Challenge. The challenge is a collaborative research and design project that brings together local residents, public officials and local, national and international experts to develop innovative solutions to the issues brought on by climate change that our region faces today. Over the course of the next year, engineers, architects, designers and other experts will work with local community members to identify critical areas throughout San Francisco’s Bay Area in order to provide solutions to the region’s sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.
The result will be 10 new implementable projects that offer an imaginative and collaborative approach to resilience. Public Sediment is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture, a winner of the New York City Rebuild By Design competition. The team is a multidisciplinary collaboration that views sediment as a core building block of resilience in San Francisco Bay. In addition to SCAPE and the Buoyant Ecologies group, team members include the Dredge Research Collaborative, Arcadis, TS Studio, the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
On October 5, students from two CCA Advanced Studios conducted a workshop and discussion on resilient design with visiting students from the University of Pennsylvania. The Win/Win studio led by Janette Kim and the Buoyant Ecologies studio led by Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones joined students from the Bay Area Resilient Transportation studio led by Kai-Uwe Bergmann and Matthijs Bouw to share research and discuss different approaches to the challenges of climate change and sea level rise.