Collect & Connect: East Oakland


Context
East Oakland has changed dramatically over a century - from fields and fruit orchards (and an ostrich farm!) to a richly diverse and dynamic community. A system of creeklines that once drained into San Leandro Bay has been altered by industry and infrastructure, with the waterfront now largely degraded and inaccessible.

Big challenges for East Oakland

  • re-establishing creeklines
  • major flood areas across city
  • repairing degraded sites and waterways
  • displacement of existing communities
  • limited open space and connectivity
  • future development of Coliseum and other large sites

Concept
Existing infrastructure in the Bay forms loops. The Bay Trail, The Ridge Trail, Rail & Freeways, all form like circuits, getting more and more congested and at risk of breaking.

We are proposing the creation of points of collection. Spaces on the waterfront, and uphill in town centers and towards the ridge… with functions for community, water/flood management & disaster retreat.

Then enabling a series of connections from town centers & transit nodes to the waterfront. Acting as streets of retreat in emergency, as well as corridors for regeneration and water management

With new ferries completing the network, critical in emergency but also unlocking commuter pressure from freeways

A more resilient system… a network for shoreline communities, water management and disaster response

The solution we are proposing is a series of collectors (both uphill and shoreline) & connectors (both street & creek).

Collectors build capacity for mitigating fluvial flooding, decentralizing water collection/treatment/reuse, but they are also conceived of as a new type of adaptable, community-programmed public space.

Adaptable for a regular Saturday community event… inundated for a few days in a particularly wet January… or a point of shelter & evacuation when a more serious disaster hits.

These spaces link to each other, and to the surrounding neighborhood, by a major street or creek. Increasing access to the waterfront and across the bay, via new ferry piers, where feasible. Enabling a pleasant commute on a regular weekday, or a much needed evacuation system in disaster.

We aim for communities to take part in the co-design of a suite of adaptable programs, which could be locally developed and even regionally shared. From Tool Libraries to Resilience Education Centers, these spaces should become hubs of community activity… with a particular focus on learning about sea-level rise and engaging in decision making around resilience.
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Collect & Connect: East Oakland

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HASSELL+

The HASSELL+ team understands water. We understand designing for water, living with water and the immense social potential that waterfront places offer communities when they are connected to them. HASSELL, originating from Australia, as well as MVRDV + Deltares + Goudappel, originating from the Netherlands, are drawn to RBD through an acute understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that research-led design can unlock for waterfront communities.

In partnership with our local experts; Lotus Water, Frog Design, Civic Edge, Page & Turnbull, and Hatch, we bring...

The HASSELL+ team understands water. We understand designing for water, living with water and the immense social potential that waterfront places offer communities when they are connected to them. HASSELL, originating from Australia, as well as MVRDV + Deltares + Goudappel, originating from the Netherlands, are drawn to RBD through an acute understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that research-led design can unlock for waterfront communities.

In partnership with our local experts; Lotus Water, Frog Design, Civic Edge, Page & Turnbull, and Hatch, we bring to this challenge a wealth of experience. Experience in researching, listening and engaging with communities, and designing, prototyping and delivering integrated solutions.

Our team brings interdisciplinary skills ranging from the design of built environment to hydrology engineering, systems/product design, heritage assessment and community engagement. We see our core strength in having three strong disciplines, with an ability to collaborate and intersect our knowledge in order to generate innovative solutions:

* Design & Places

* Hydrology & Ecology

* Social Impact & Technology

We aim to design and deliver places and systems that improve the physical and social resilience of communities while performing vital daily and emergency functions for those communities.

We want to design to enhance the lives of Bay Area communities.

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