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BayArc, a Tidal Responsive Barrier, Honored in 2016 R+D Awards

Source: Architect Magazine

Rising sea levels are a worldwide problem, but for the approximately 500-mile shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, one partial solution may lie in something that is actually quite small: the 1.5-mile-wide mouth of the bay, where the Golden Gate Bridge crosses. If water could be stopped from surging through that opening, the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) reasoned, much of the Bay Area could be saved from flooding. ...

The jury was impressed by the barrier's potential. Juror Mic Patterson said the project “represents the kind of strategic design innovation we need in response to the tremendous challenges presented by the accelerating impacts of climate change. Let’s build one and see how it works.”

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