Innovative, Neighborhood-Scale Strategies to Build Resilience


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CM | 1.25

You'll learn about:

  • How neighborhood-scale planning approaches and benefits optimize various elements of resilience

  • Three innovative neighborhood examples that translate to other communities

  • Bold and innovative strategies to cultivate cultural, environmental, and coastal resilience

  • Sustainable financing approaches that turn plans into action and support operations and maintenance over time

By moving beyond a building-scale focus to neighborhood- and district-based strategies, planners and developers in San Francisco have built cross-sector collaborations and bold solutions to some of the city’s most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges. These “sustainable neighborhood” approaches include advancements in livability and environmental performance, measurable targets, coordinated strategies, and creative partnerships among community, developers, utilities, and public agencies.

This session will present best practices for building customized resilience in three distinct neighborhoods. Central SoMa is striving towards ambitious carbon reduction, greening, and flood-safe goals in an industrial neighborhood being rezoned for 7,000 new housing units and 7 million square feet of commercial development along a new subway corridor. Meanwhile, in the city’s densest community, the Sustainable Chinatown project is defining strategies to protect housing affordability and improve resource efficiency, while enhancing quality of life in this immigrant gateway. Finally, along the southeast Bay shore, India Basin project proposes a 1,200-unit, mixed-use eco-village on 39 waterfront acres.