The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced a $4.6 million grant to a coalition of Bay Area leaders to create the Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge – a competition that will engage regional innovators, policy makers, designers, architects, developers, and others in developing creative, realistic and long-lasting infrastructure solutions for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bay Area: Resilient by Design will also forge close ties with The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, which is seeking to help 100 cities build resilience to thrive in the face of 21st-century challenges. Home to three cities in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, the Bay Area is already working to identify solutions to the region’s challenges.
Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation and pioneer of 100 Resilient Cities and Rebuild by Design stated that, “Our hope is this challenge will tap into the innovative and collaborative spirit that defines the Bay Area to solve the growing problems facing our communities today – particularly for the poor and vulnerable.”
Both Bay Area: Resilient by Design and 100 Resilient Cities fortify communities by fostering innovation and collaboration between the public and private sectors. Bay Area: Resilient by Design will leverage the network’s existing resources and institutional knowledge to accomplish shared goals across the Bay Area.