July 15, 2009

Rising Tides: Winners

An unexpected six entrants were chosen as winners for the Rising Tides Competition - that sought to conceptualise ways of adapting to the dramatic increases in sea level expected around the San Francisco Bay area. The twist by announcing multiple winners for the competition illustrated just how many different promising solutions were offered. “San Francisco Bay is not the place for a single idea. Taken as a whole, the six winning entries begin to tell a story about adaptation to sea level rise.” said juror Walter Hood

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

$75,000 of your tax dollars at work for empty ideas:

1/5/09 BCDC: "The Commission voted to authorize the executive director to enter into a $25,000 (contract) with Meckel Design Consulting to manage an international design competition..." An additional $50,000 from the feds would go to awards. Meckel, CCA Director of Planning and competition organizer, coordinated the jury and miraculously half of the "winners," were 3 backwater CCA instructors, while the competition boasted 18 nations.

The usual charlatans are present, like socialite CCA Trustee Byron Kuth and instructor T. Faulders, both self-promoting architects who retain students to do the work they can't. K/R suggests an inane levee for the dynamic, deep waters of the bay which would destroy the existing coastline. Faulders' lasers draw an ugly path around the bay to show the path of future neanderthal earthen dikes.

At least do some homework pseudo-professors, there already exist sophisticated dike systems in other countries that aren't like the superficial walls you imagine.

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