resilient bay area (2017-present)

Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is a collaborative research and design project that brings together local residents, public officials, and local, national and international experts to develop innovative solutions to the issues brought on by climate change that our region faces today. Alongside the formal process which involves professional Design Teams, Stanford students are participating through a project-based, service-learning course that closely mirrors RBD. SUS has joined forces with the Department of Geophysics, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative to organize this course, called D3+SUS (Disasters, Decisions, Development in Sustainable Urban Systems).

Students have formed interdisciplinary teams and are working alongside community members to identify critical vulnerabilities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and nurture participatory solutions that will strengthen the Bay Area's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.

30 students are currently in the Autumn Research Phase of our project, and will be presenting their work to the public on December 4th, 2017, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (see Facebook event), as well as on December 11th, 2017 at Stanford (see Facebook event)

Interactive maps and photos from the project will be posted here, so keep checking back for updates, or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates in your inbox! To reach the teaching team, email


sunnyvale resilience design studio (2016-17)

In Winter 2017, seven students proposed design solutions for a vulnerable section of Sunnyvale in a studio taught by Bry Sarte and Laszlo Varga of Sherwood Design Engineers. See their work below.