William McDonough Keynotes BCDC’s 50th Anniversary Summit: Sink or Swim

September 16th marked the 50th anniversary of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) in San Francisco.  The commission was started in order to “keep shallow waters from being filled by growth-hungry municipalities,” says John King, urban design critic of the San Francisco Chronicle.Sink or Swim Friends of BCDC Logo

BCDC’s 50th Anniversary Summit: “Sink or Swim: Adapting to Rising Tides in the San Francisco Bay,” featured panel discussions and a keynote from William McDonough. The panels are to encourage participants and advisers to start “re-envisioning how we live with the bay,” says Larry Goldzband, executive director of the commission.  The goal is to commit resources and political capital to the effort of adapting the waterfront for the future, including the threat of climate change and sea level rise.

William McDonough attends BCBD 50th Anniversary
Pictured: John Laird, David Lewis, Zack Wasserman, Greg Dalton, Bill McDonough, Mike Ghielmetti, Mary Huss, Elizabeth Ranieri

One of the key components of “Sink or Swim,” will be a design challenge scheduled to launch later this fall. The design challenge will “introduce sea level rise at a local scale to the general public so that it’s not too technical or too scary,” according to Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning in San Francisco. “We want to tap people’s’ imagination about how we can make tomorrow’s waterfront an exciting place to be.”

Read John King’s full article Vision for future needs to account for the rising waters all around us on sfchronicle.com.