A Publication of the College of Environmental Design


The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

Kristina Hill

It is hard to imagine the world we live in will become radically different over the next 25 to 75 years. All narratives about technology aside (automated vehicles, anti-aging organ transplants, etc.), the planet we rely on to support the way we live is itself going to be different and those changes are already taking place. This isn’t based on a projection alone — it is a conclusion that can be drawn from current data. We now have almost twice as much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than we have had for more than 400,000 years. No matter what we do about carbon levels over the coming decades, the consequences are unstoppable and that includes rising sea levels which are expected to increase exponentially.



Pete Walker Shares Design Thinking Behind the New Transbay Transit Center Park

On August 12, 2018 the much-anticipated Transbay Transit Center opened to the public. Walking through the lower floors, it is clear that the project is far from complete. Planned commuter train and high-speed rail service is at least a decade away, and the 100,000 square feet of retail space won’t see its first store opening until next year. But ride one of the elevators up to the 5th-floor roof and the landscape that greets you will take your breath away.



Towards Innovative and Inclusive Design-Oriented Development

Chris Calott Carol Galante Greg Morrow

From finance to design, the choices we make about what, where, and how to build our physical environment influence urban sustainability, equity, and resilience — today and for years to come. Our rapidly urbanizing world faces major challenges, ranging from climate change to social inequality. We need real estate professionals who have a deep knowledge of how development can bring positive benefits to society and the environment, and who understand the power of design to make cities efficient, livable, distinctive, and valued.