Research and design of innovative, tactical and implementable solutions

At the core of our research and design is an exploration of adaptation strategies that combine new forms of public space with ecological restoration and regenerative design with any number of dynamic protective measures including soft shore protection strategies, constructed wetlands, marine hard-shoreline protection systems, and adaptive aqueous barriers, among others.

We believe that smaller strategic projects are more likely to be funded and implemented within localized sites and gain approval under existing planning and zoning restrictions.

We need to set up models and paradigms for how to come in and solve these issues relative to these communities that the Bay Area can export, because that’s what we’re really known for
— Byron Kuth

Our design team offers a depth of expertise to inform the multi-disciplinary research and design of innovative interventions. Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, and Byron Kuth, FAIA, of Kuth Ranieri Architects bring internationally-recognized design expertise and a visionary approach to the shape of climate adaptation in the public realm. At the forefront of urban and coastal ecology, Keith Bowers, PLA, FASLA, of Biohabitats expertise includes research testing assumptions about the intersection between natural and urban systems. James Canton’s expertise in global sustainability and digital innovation will help the team plan for the future of urban shoreline living. And as described, Professor Mark Stacey’s career of research around the interdependence of infrastructure, local action and regional responses within the Bay with guide our team’s efforts in identifying implementable solutions with lasting value.

Our team has the expertise to lead a wide-reaching research phase that can identify new solutions to this unprecedented challenge. We will build upon surveys and data of various existing adaptive mitigation strategies, both man-made and natural, and layer it with research developed within our own team.

These emerging technologies – we want to be able to harness these to create more robust resilience.
— Dr. Jayme Canton