Habitat Above and Below


Communities like West Oakland and East Palo Alto are being squeezed between two surging tides: sea-level rise and the rise of housing prices in the Bay Area. To make matters worse, they fear, with justification, that investments in resilient solutions to climate change could lead to gentrification and displacement. Team Uplift’s initial design opportunities address that conundrum and offer ideas based on research and community engagement, that equitably address historical environmental injustices, that increase community and regional resiliency over the long-term, that restore ecological functions and access to nature even in severely altered landscapes.

By working at this interface of the surging seas and surging economic forces on land, rather than focusing on each separately, we can develop opportunities that work for protecting communities from rising tides, bringing water experience into communities and communities to the bay,  protecting vital regional transportation networks, and open up economic opportunities to improve communities in place. By working together to protect communities, we can fashion solutions on the peripheries of communities to unleash economic returns that can come back to the community, open up the advantages of access to nature and water, and regionally benefit the Bay Area.

Habitat above and below proposes to protect the community and new investments from sea-level rise through hard and soft infrastructure and by constructing an island “Ark” that doesn’t impede tidal flow fluctuations in the South Bay, replaces the Dumbarton Bridge, restores electric rail across the Bay, and will provide protection for critical regional transportation links.

Engage people with the Bay by removing the physical barriers to existing and planned parks along the water, and create integrated community opportunities on the island “Ark” within the Bay. The habitable intervention will create a new way to interact with the Bay and provide additional, improved access to the Bay for health and recreation, and an alternative way to think about how we live and work with the Bay (not just commuting across). It may also provide wildlife habitat restoration and a new ecology for wildlife above and in the bay as other shoreline habitats are impacted with sea-level rise.

Move people and goods around the Bay by reconfiguring the Dumbarton crossing as a new multi-functional viaduct including rail corridor. This new Bay crossing will reduce neighborhood traffic, improve air quality and regional traffic flow, and add a new mixed-use Transit Oriented Community on the island “Ark” with ferry and rail links to allow better connection to regional and neighboring cities and to the shore.

Grow opportunities for housing and jobs in the community by providing area on the island “Ark” for mixed-use development, affordable housing and local jobs in a transit oriented development that will also add to the tax base, and improve the jobs and housing balance in the South Bay by providing opportunities for regionally managed displacement.

Habitat Above and Below

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Habitat Above and Below

Team UPLIFT is a diverse group with deep, far-ranging experience, well able to address the challenges of resiliency in the Bay Area. Our core team consists of Gensler, Arup, and Margie Ruddick Landscape (MRL), and we are supported by HR&A Advisors, Stamen Design, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), and Stanford University Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) group.

Our collective experience spans scales, disciplines, and the globe. Gensler, founded over 50 years ago in San Francisco, will provide urban planning, design, and architecture expertise. Arup, a global...

Team UPLIFT is a diverse group with deep, far-ranging experience, well able to address the challenges of resiliency in the Bay Area. Our core team consists of Gensler, Arup, and Margie Ruddick Landscape (MRL), and we are supported by HR&A Advisors, Stamen Design, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), and Stanford University Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) group.

Our collective experience spans scales, disciplines, and the globe. Gensler, founded over 50 years ago in San Francisco, will provide urban planning, design, and architecture expertise. Arup, a global engineering consultancy, brings environmental engineering, infrastructure, and resiliency risk analysis, and MRL leads the landscape architecture and ecological design efforts. HR&A Advisors will bring public finance and policy insight, while Stamen Design will assist in the data visualization and research.

The diversity and depth of our team enables us to approach this greatest of 21st century challenges with experience, openness, and creativity. We approach with open minds and hearts, with no presumption that we know the answers in advance. We will eagerly listen to the voices of the community to guide us, because the foundation we create today is the one that our shared community will depend on in the future.

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