News - 13 July 2017

UNStudio takes part in the Resilient by Design call for proposals for a resilient bay area

We are very excited to be part of a multidisciplinary team taking part in the Resilient by Design call for the Bay Area Challenge.

The Bay Area Challenge is an open call for design proposals related to climate change and its effect on California’s Bay Area. 

Resilient by Design - a consortium of public and private organisations based in and around San Francisco, is looking to engage with multi-disciplinary teams and their implementable ideas on yet to be determined 10 locations around the bay.

Through local engagement, research and design initiative, the organisers's ambition is to foster collaboration and leadership while addressing big challenges that affect local communities today and in the future.

To answer this call, we have put together a multidisciplinary Dutch team comprising of UNStudio, Nelen & Schuurmans and GeoPhy. Together the team combines great expertise, international experience and a strong track record in their given fields.

Ben van Berkel, Founder and Principal Architect, leads the multinational team of architects and urban planners at UNStudio. Ben is the Content Design Developer for the project. He will contribute his knowledge in planning and design and translate the programme brief into a location and challenge-specific organisational model.

Teun van den Dries is the Founder and CEO of GeoPhy, a Dutch real estate data & analytics company. As Data Analytics Manager for the challenge, Teun will oversee the data analytics and translate this information into possible solution scenarios.

Fons Nelen is the CEO and Co-Founder at Nelen & Schuurmans. As Overall Project Manager Climate Resilience, Fons brings to the team vast experience in water management challenges and analytic and managerial skills.

All three are innovative leaders in their fields of expertise.

Together the team is focused on data-driven design, collaboration and engagement that empowers the various stakeholders with no-nonsense (resilience) data and economically feasible strategies.

Meet the team: