Sea Level Rise, Adaption Planning and Climate Change

June 6th, 2013

Cost: Free AIA members; $3 non-members; drinks provided.

1.5 CES LUs

Join the Small Firm Forum in June to learn more about the areas impacted and design strategies to protect and adapt to the impacts of sea level rise throughout the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay is rising; today’s flood will be tomorrow’s high tide. Areas that are currently home to over 160,000 residents, critical infrastructure, diverse habitats and valuable community resources will flood regularly or be permanently inundated.

Moving beyond sustainability, adaption planning is focused on responding to the impacts of climate change, both proactively and reactively. Adaptation planning can include preventative measures to slow down the progression of climate change and mitigation measures to reduce the effects (US DOT).

Within the context of the Bay, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development has lead an proactive effort to integrate Adaptive Planning into the permitting and design of all shore communities. On the local and residential level it will necessitate the careful and thoughtful design of all critical infrastructure, public spaces and private dwelling spaces sometimes well beyond the areas that will be directly impacted.

Over the course of this lunch time seminar we will review the impact of sea level rise, adaptation strategies and local precedents. Utilizing an interactive format we look forward to a vibrant discussion regarding strategies, local impacts and local policy initiatives focused on adaption strategies.

About the Presenter: Mattthew S. Gaber is a licensed landscape architect and urban designer known for creating bold, thoughtful, pragmatic approaches to complex sites for a varied clientele. Over his 20 year career, Mr. Gaber has developed a wide perspective on traditional and emerging areas of practice, working on projects across the United States and the world. A lifelong commitment to environmental responsibility, public service and inclusive design is demonstrated by Mr. Gaber’s built work, his participation on public commissions and a reputation for productive relationships with diverse groups. Currently, Mr. Gaber is working on multiple waterfront projects that have required a thoughtful and careful design responses to the impacts of Sea Level Rise.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn:
1. The extent and impacts of Sea Level Rise within the East Bay
2. About Adaption Planning Efforts within the San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay
3. Site specific adaption strategies for projects within the East Bay
4. Local governmental requirements and strategies

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