Now // San Rafael


We began our research phase with one question: where are the places that rising tides of just 6”-12” will radiate for miles, affecting vital economic clusters, major infrastructure, and countless people?  This question formed the basis of our Research Phase. These low-lying areas are the places that will feel the effects of sea-level rise first and set the standard for how the metropolis will respond time and again. These low-lying areas are also the places most vulnerable to inland flooding, as well as liquefaction potential from earthquakes. These are the places to expose the issues and apply our expertise. These are the places to accelerate the response to sea level rise in the Bay.

Our spatial analysis led us to identify five large areas in need of immediate attention due to both high physical risk and extremely vulnerable populations who do not have the means to address to such risks. Of these five areas, we believe the city of San Rafael in Marin County demonstrates the greatest need, and offers the best opportunity to engage a range of ways that communities might create more resilient futures.

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We see an opportunity to start small, beginning with a range of community outreach and public awareness programs. We desire to engage with residents and businesses to enable them to be part of the creative solutions that will benefit their neighborhoods. We will partner with artists and arts organizations to provide a platform for citizen-led strategies and capacity building.

San Rafael needs help now. Yet many people are not aware of how climate change will impact their day to day lives and environment, largely because they are not aware that they live in high-risk areas. Environmentally informed residents are instrumental in garnering the political will necessary to inform how future development should proceed in a changing climate. At the smallest scale, we will begin with an informational sticker campaign to generate awareness and teach people about these issues.

Increased preparedness is a logical next step to community resilience. Valuable community facilities like food and health resources, and the library and community center, provide opportunities for programming public awareness campaigns, but they also need protection as they offer places for shelter and gathering. These facilities should be safeguarded with a “flood wall” -a raised perimeter offering immediate and mid-term protection, and designed to enhance the edges it shares with the street and adjacent public spaces.

San Rafael has over five miles of waterfront, yet there is little opportunity for residents to access or interact with water. By creating a canal water sport culture at Pickleweed Park, residents can learn about boating, living with the water, and flood preparedness. Throughout the neighborhood, flood boat lockers could be installed along primary routes, acting as both media campaign and flood resource.


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Now // San Rafael

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BionicTeam was assembled around the need to accelerate the response to sea level rise and resiliency at Bay Area sites most in need. BionicTeam’s potency is its distinctly different value proposition to compound value for early adaptation. Our spectrum range includes policy and legal framework design, sharp analysis, creative engagement, equity promotion, pioneering architecture and engineering, and design invention to enable paradigm shifts.

BionicTeam unites an elite group of professionals positioned to design, finance, and implement complex Bay Area projects. Progressive Bay Area...

BionicTeam was assembled around the need to accelerate the response to sea level rise and resiliency at Bay Area sites most in need. BionicTeam’s potency is its distinctly different value proposition to compound value for early adaptation. Our spectrum range includes policy and legal framework design, sharp analysis, creative engagement, equity promotion, pioneering architecture and engineering, and design invention to enable paradigm shifts.

BionicTeam unites an elite group of professionals positioned to design, finance, and implement complex Bay Area projects. Progressive Bay Area design and development talent merges with distinguished interdisciplinary expertise to offer a national perspective and diverse capability. Internationally recognized as innovative designers and influencers, team leaders Bionic, WXY, PennDesign, and Michael Yarne form a potent combination of urban invention.

Bionic is a San Francisco-based landscape architecture firm led by Design Director Marcel Wilson. Bionic invents landscapes to enable life and stimulate culture in this complex world. PennDesign is renowned for excellent cross-disciplinary research. WXY is an interdisciplinary design practice at the forefront of resilient infrastructure. BionicTeam’s experts – Enterprise, Moffatt & Nichol, WRA, RMA, SF State, Baycat, Studio for Urban Projects, RAD Urban, KMA – have a deep Bay Area knowledge and are ingrained in its communities. BionicTeam is an exciting collaboration!

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