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Call for ideas on living in a warming world ("climate-proof the Bay Area")
SFGate.com ^ | 12/19/08 | John King

Posted on 12/19/2008 8:43:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge

The impacts of climate change are a hot topic among scientists and environmental activists. Now the Bay Conservation and Development Commission wants to hear from another perspective: the design community.

The state agency is preparing to launch a $125,000 competition that will invite architects, planners and engineers to bring innovative proposals "to climate-proof the Bay Area," in the words of the competition outline.

The aim isn't to stop climate change from happening, say officials, or to build impregnable levees. The goal is to get designers thinking creatively about how to prepare for a world where the sea level might climb several feet - inundating large portions of the developed region unless something is done.

"We are looking for ideas that can lead to future standards about how to deal with rising tides," said Brad McCrea, a development design analyst for the commission. "We want to move the discussion forward."

The commission Thursday approved a $25,000 contract with David Meckel to manage the competition. This means selecting the design jury as well as framing the rules - such as deciding whether design teams will be asked to look at specific sites or respond to broader issues.

"There's an opportunity to suggest ideas that can be applied to our bay but have universal access," said Meckel, whose design competition work is a sideline to his role as director of research for the California College of the Arts. "If one of the results is a solution for protecting low-lying freeways, for example, other cities are welcome to steal it."

As now envisioned, $10,000 awards would go to each of the five entrants who present the most innovative schemes for adapting our urban region to natural changes. ..

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: bayarea; california; climateproof; ideas; warmingworld
One more state agency I don't recall hearing of before,, looks like a chance for some easy money.

Ideas anyone? Design away.

1 posted on 12/19/2008 8:43:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I fight global warming by running my Jeep 24 hours a day with the windows open and the air conditioning on max.


2 posted on 12/19/2008 8:47:13 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: NormsRevenge
This is as ridiculous as people sitting around planning for UFO attacks.
3 posted on 12/19/2008 8:47:42 AM PST by avacado
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To: NormsRevenge

Yep! Build everything in stilts!


4 posted on 12/19/2008 8:50:02 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NormsRevenge
We are looking for ideas that can lead to future standards about how to deal with rising tides.
Just build on top of the huge pile of bullsh*t you've created.
5 posted on 12/19/2008 8:50:21 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: NormsRevenge

Every Freak in the bay area move to Indonesia


6 posted on 12/19/2008 8:51:03 AM PST by twistedwrench
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To: NormsRevenge

Shouldn’t the entire Bay Area have a giant condom wrapped around it, anyway.

That ought to work...


7 posted on 12/19/2008 8:52:30 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: NormsRevenge
I suggest enclosing the entire Bay Area in a large sealed bubble and wait for the air to run out.

Would solve their problems, and a whole lot of ours too.

8 posted on 12/19/2008 8:52:30 AM PST by wbill
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To: NormsRevenge

I have an interest in a company here in south Louisiana - I can offer you some spud barges on which to place your double-wides. Works very well with rising water and not so well during hurricanes.


9 posted on 12/19/2008 8:52:50 AM PST by MarkT
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To: NormsRevenge

10 posted on 12/19/2008 8:56:14 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: NormsRevenge
$125,000 meet toilet. Toilet meet $125,000.

Here is my suggestion. Completely bulldoze Jack London Square and the surrounding development. Then rebuild everything on a new foundation supported by 50 foot high stilts.

Where a stilt idea can't be accomplished spend 10 Quadrillion dollars bulldozing all homes and businesses in the low lying bay areas and move them on to the surrounding hills. Plant trees then in the now barren areas to soak up the carbon.

We can pay for this 10 Quadrillion urban redevelopment proposal by passing new fees on everything from gasoline to Milk Bone dog chews.

Bay area saved!

Where's my $10,000 award?

11 posted on 12/19/2008 8:57:37 AM PST by A message
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To: oh8eleven

ding ding ding!! We have a winner!!! :-)


12 posted on 12/19/2008 8:58:02 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Hacklehead

I vote for your solution to be encouraged upon others.


13 posted on 12/19/2008 9:02:07 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Silly Talk about a silly Millimeter by Silly Idiots with a Silly Imagination


14 posted on 12/19/2008 9:02:14 AM PST by 4Speed
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To: NormsRevenge

Bury cooling tubes just under the surface of the ground, and install big fans everywhere.


15 posted on 12/19/2008 9:02:14 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"...how to prepare for a world where the sea level might climb several feet..."

Why is the sea level rising? Is it from all the ice and snow thanks to this year's unseasonably cold global warming? Or is California falling into the ocean again? Personally, I don't know what the hurry is all about. If the oceans really were rising and doing so at the slow rate the alarmists are predicting, people will simply move away...just like with New Orleans. That city is already underwater and no one lives there any more. "Problem" solved.

16 posted on 12/19/2008 9:06:02 AM PST by GBA
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To: NormsRevenge

I can say what I’d like to do with the bay area - and it involves the F-15s I used to test along with some selected weaponry.


17 posted on 12/19/2008 9:11:10 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: NormsRevenge

This past week in Wisconsin:
Sub-zero temperatures followed by over a foot of snow in this morning’s blizzard.

Yeah, sure feels like the world is warming.


18 posted on 12/19/2008 9:18:10 AM PST by SkiKnee
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To: NormsRevenge
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19 posted on 12/19/2008 9:22:00 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: NormsRevenge

Build an ark.


20 posted on 12/19/2008 9:24:03 AM PST by Jim Noble (Long May Our Land Be Bright With Freedom's Holy Light)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

LOL! That’s the PERFECT solution!


21 posted on 12/19/2008 9:36:00 AM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d say just wait for the next great earthquake and they won’t have to worry about a design.


22 posted on 12/19/2008 9:51:30 AM PST by USAF70 (America is not 'governed' by the President or Congress. America is governed by the U.S.Constitution.)
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To: A message

Jack London Square, at least when I was there, is the only place in Oakland that wasn’t a complete cesspool.


23 posted on 12/19/2008 10:36:01 AM PST by wbill
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To: NormsRevenge
They're liberal idiots by the Bay. Have they seen the weather lately?

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 12/19/2008 10:37:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wear more light colored clothing.


25 posted on 12/19/2008 10:48:10 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: goldstategop
They're liberal idiots by the Bay.

...which rhymes with:

"they're liberal idiots by the way"

26 posted on 12/19/2008 10:58:48 AM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m partial to the 1947 plan to dam up the SF Bay and turn it into the largest manmade freshwater lake in the world. How would that help the “climate proofing”? Well, all that fresh water goes to making more green trees & bushes & stuff that turns CO2 into Oxygen. Water is running out in California, and the upcoming solutions to that problem will be squashed by environmentalists.


27 posted on 12/19/2008 12:15:27 PM PST by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: 4Speed

San Francisco has nothing to worry about. God will save it just for the amusement value.


28 posted on 12/19/2008 12:17:02 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: NormsRevenge
I know, let's paint a line along the streets where the water will rise to in the City. Then you can know which houses are safe and which ones are DOOMED!!

(They did this in Santa Barbara, no kidding!!)

29 posted on 12/19/2008 1:32:49 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Join us on the best FR thread, 8000+ posts: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts)
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To: Hacklehead

Good idea, I bet it’s nice and cool inside that Jeep even when the sun is beating down on you!


30 posted on 12/19/2008 1:38:46 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Join us on the best FR thread, 8000+ posts: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

31 posted on 12/19/2008 2:49:48 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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