“Silicon Valley . . . used to be called the Valley of Heart’s Delight. It was covered with fruit orchards, which were irrigated with well water. As the water was withdrawn, the ground levels sank. The result . . . is that many geeks may join a lot of suburban homeowners in being underwater.” So notes Will Travis, Senior Advisor for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee in a recent presentation to the Deep Green Design Alliance (DGDA), “The Look of Climate Adaptation.” The DGDA blog offers an account of his presentation, along with his script and visuals.According to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, “In the San Francisco Bay Area, the estimated height of rising tides level from warming oceans is projected to rise 1.4 meters (55 inches) over the next 100 years, and as the water continues to rise, this global issue becomes a local issue with site-specific consequences.” While the particulars of such estimates vary, Travis concludes that, “Whatever future sea level you plan for, you will be wrong, but… if you choose a level that’s too high, all you have to do is wait, and you’ll eventually be right.”
Deep Green Design Alliance is a multi-disciplinary collaborative founded by Byron Kuth, FAIA. Its mission is “to identify local, environmental and civic challenges and—through visionary design and policy making—to provide solutions that integrate ecology, technology, economy and culture for the well being of our global future.” In addition to Kuth, the principal members of the alliance are Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, landscape architect Tom Leader, and architect and urban designer Rodolphe El-Khoury. Among its advisors are global futurist Dr. James Canton; Mark Stacey, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley; Will Travis, Senior Advisor for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee; Brad McCrea, Director of the Regulatory Program at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC); and Tarek I. Zohdi, Chair of the Computational Science & Engineering Program at UC Berkeley.