Conversations About Landscape
Design Dialogue: Preparing for Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area

Co-presented by the Studio for Urban Projects

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 • 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Fisher Bay Observatory

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.


As the Bay Area gears up for sea level rise, what role can designers play in envisioning a more resilient future? How can design solutions accommodate the perspectives of scientists, governments, and communities? Join a conversation about planning the shoreline of the future, with San Francisco’s Director of Citywide Planning, and three members of the Deep Green Design Alliance, which is dedicated to solving environmental challenges through visionary design.

About the Presenters:

Gil Kelley is the Director of Citywide Planning in San Francisco where he works to bring public and private interests together toward sustainable urban development. His department is launching the Bay Resilience by Design Challenge, a program to begin planning and implementation around sea level rise in the Bay Area.

Tom Leader is an urban planner and landscape architect living in Richmond. He has been a recent proponent of shoreline planning for Richmond and has had a lifelong interest in topographic solutions to urban problems.

Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA and Byron Kuth, FAIA are the founding principals of Kuth Ranieri Architects in San Francisco. Their work, which has won numerous local, regional, and national design awards, is known for its innovative and expressive architecture that’s rooted in sustainable strategies.


The Conversations About Landscape series is funded by the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.