Challenge Launch

The challenge launch includes the release of the Design Brief as well as an open call for Site Ideas. This call is an opportunity to identify the Bay Area’s most vulnerable ecosystems, infrastructure, and communities along the shoreline. We're asking community members, local government, and interested organizations to share Bay shoreline areas that could benefit from creative and innovative design energy.


May 31

June 16

July 7    

Late July        

Early Aug       

Design Brief issued; open call for site ideas launched.

Information session for potential bidders (in-person and online).

Design Team submissions due.

Jury reviews submissions and selects ten Design Teams.

Announcement of the ten selected Design Teams.


Collaborative Research Phase

This phase will be a combination of independent and collaborative research. This is a crucial step towards gaining an adequate understanding of specific needs and vulnerabilities of communities, and ecosystems in order to ultimately produce successful, implementable projects. Tours and programming are scheduled to take place on the dates below in the Bay Area. There will be time built-in during these dates for independent research, as well as collaborative learning. Design Teams will receive $100,000 USD at the completion of Collaborative Research Phase. There will be no reimbursable expenses above this amount.



Sept 11 - 15     

Oct 2-6

Oct 16 - 20

Oct 30 - Nov 3

Nov 15

Nov 15 - 22

By Dec 8

Tours and panel discussions (includes a public event with Design Teams).

Tours and panel discussions.

Tours and panel discussions (Includes a midterm design critique).

Tours and panel discussions (Includes a midway design critique).

Each Design Team publicly presents three to five Design Opportunities.

Public input on design concepts accepted. Attendance not required.

Research Advisory Committee matches one design opportunity Design Opportunity to each team.


Collaborative Design Phase

Design Teams develop site-specific conceptual design solutions in coordination with community groups and state and local government partners. Design Teams work with local jurisdictions, community leaders and organizations, and Resilient by Design partners and consultants to develop detailed implementation plans. Design Teams will primarily drive the work schedule; however, there will be dates where all the teams come together for midterm critiques, public events, and further learning on topics requested by the teams. These may include issues that are necessary to ensure the success of the ultimate project, such as local regulatory frameworks, public financing, state or federal government programs, etc. Design Teams will receive $150,000 USD at the completion of Collaborative Design Phase. There will be no reimbursable expenses above this amount.