Bay Towns - San Francisco


Once a creek lined with wetlands and tidal basins, Mission Creek is today a growing residential, institutional and commercial area for San Francisco, distinguished by parks, transit and water infrastructure, a major league ballpark, water sports amenities, and even a charming and idiosyncratic community of houseboats. The Mission Creek area is also one of the city’s lowest-lying areas and is already vulnerable to flooding from the Bay, the creek and stormwater runoff today. With such significant surrounding resources and infrastructure, this vulnerability to sea level rise, as well as seismic activity, only increases with time. 

We propose 3 transformational projects to help address the various urban, infrastructural, environmental and engineering vulnerabilities and create a more resilient San Francisco:

First, we bring a new Transbay Transit Tube from Oakland and Alameda into the Creek and connect into Caltrain’s King Street Station and the new TransBay Transit Center. This second Transbay Tube is an essential move to increase transit capacity in the Bay Area, one that is also a center-piece of California’s 2018 State Rail Plan. 

In this way, we see our proposal for Oakland, Alameda and San Francisco’s Mission Creek as one holistic concept to address connectivity and resiliency across the Bay. 

Next, we utilize dredge material from the Tube to create higher ground along the creek’s edges to protect the surrounding resources and create more parks, public amenities and sites with long-term ecological function – restoring the creek as a significant ecological amenity at the center of the City.  

Finally, we remove the I-280 viaduct and utilize the air rights above the King Street Caltrain Yard to open up significant opportunities for re-investment, densification, transit-oriented housing and urban parks, while simultaneously connecting San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods to each other and to the Bay.  

The result is a more interconnected, more ecologically vital, more socially vibrant and equitable, and more resilient San Francisco. 

Our proposal for San Francisco’s Mission Creek involves living ecological systems alongside transit and infrastructure, housing and development, vibrant public spaces and waterfronts – all thoughtfully planned to connect people to the Bay and to the many other Bay Towns.

Any future work in the San Francisco would be collaboratively developed with a coalition of local and regional organizations and individuals, beginning with: 
City of San Francisco; SF Planning; Port of San Francisco; SF Public Works; BART; California State Transportation Agency; Caltrain; Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Mission Bay TMA; Mission Creek Harbor Association; Mission Creek CAC; Mission Bay Development Group; Mission Rock Development; Giants at SeaWall 337; UCSF; Central Waterfront Advisory Group (CWAG); Southern Waterfront Advisory Committee (SWAC); San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Mission Creek Conservancy; San Francisco Housing Action Coalition; Kayaks Unlimited Inc.; San Francisco Parks Alliance; SFPUC; Blue Greenway; Successor to San Francisco Redevelopment Agency; San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; MUNI; ABAG; San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC); and many others!
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Bay Towns - San Francisco

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The Field Operations Team

James Corner Field Operations, Moffatt & Nichol, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, SF BAY National Estuarine Research Reserve, Romberg-Tiburon Center, SFSF, Andrea Baker Consulting, James Lima Planning + Development, The Bay Institute, SeArc / ECOncrete, HT Harvey and Associates, Playhou.se, Adventure Pictures

The Field Operations Team brings a bold and optimistic vision for how the Bay Area can better adapt to climate change, rising sea levels and related environmental stresses in the coming decades.

We begin with the framework of ‘One bay, many communities, many solutions.’ The notion...

James Corner Field Operations, Moffatt & Nichol, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, SF BAY National Estuarine Research Reserve, Romberg-Tiburon Center, SFSF, Andrea Baker Consulting, James Lima Planning + Development, The Bay Institute, SeArc / ECOncrete, HT Harvey and Associates, Playhou.se, Adventure Pictures

The Field Operations Team brings a bold and optimistic vision for how the Bay Area can better adapt to climate change, rising sea levels and related environmental stresses in the coming decades.

We begin with the framework of ‘One bay, many communities, many solutions.’ The notion of ‘One Bay’ speaks to the bay as something shared and fundamental. The notion of ‘Many Communities’ speaks to the great number of settlements that surround the bay, and the great diversity of priorities and points-of-view. The notion of ‘Many Solutions’ speaks to the diversity of conditions around the bay - and the importance of an approach that accommodates rich variation and difference. These three guiding frameworks will form the basis around which our work will take shape.

James Corner Field Operations is an interdisciplinary urban design and landscape architecture practice based in New York City and San Francisco. Our Team of innovative, collaborative and locally-based designers, engineers, ecologists, urban strategists, and communication specialists aims to thoughtfully imagine new possibilities for the Bay Area that can grow in scale, incentivize investment, build public support and excitement, facilitate coordination across jurisdictions, and contribute to the larger global effort to increase resilience.

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