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International Waterfronts Panel: The National Opera and Ballet in Central Oslo, Norway + Waterfront Resilience Project in San Francisco

See all International Waterfronts courses: https://aiau.aia.org/international-waterfronts

Learn holistic project lessons from multidisciplinary teams of major waterfront redevelopments filtered through the lens of San Francisco's storied waterfront and its current challenges.

Description: 

The sixth session in the series includes International Waterfront projects The National Opera and Ballet in central Oslo, Norway and Waterfront Resilience Project in San Francisco.

Michelle Delk, Michael Boland, and Kevin Conger discuss their experiences working on projects in Oregon City, Oslo, and San Francisco, with a focus on economic, ecological, and social resilience. These three city waterfronts share industrial pasts, but as they enter a new phase of life, they must address uncertain climate futures and changing urban interests.

Michelle presents two primary case studies; the National Opera and Ballet in central Oslo, Norway and the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, Oregon. Both waterfront sites, an urban fjord and seasonally dynamic riverfront, embody a complex natural, built, and social environment. One completed and the other underway, both embrace the complexity of the existing landscape while envisioning a future set in motion through selective design intervention intended to reveal past histories and offer new experiences along these waterfronts. Michael discusses his deep involvement with the Presidio Trust’s long-term and ongoing transformation and addresses how economy and changing interests have shaped the Presidio over time as an evolving and dynamic urban national park. And Kevin shares his work on the San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Project; led by the Port of San Francisco to adapt 7 ½ miles of urban waterfront for sea-level rise in 2100 while increasing seismic safety, ecology and social equity through design.

These presentations from international practices on global waterfront projects offer valuable lessons for current challenges facing on the City of San Francisco’s waterfront.

Learning objectives

  • Value the understanding and embodying existing site conditions as foundational to design transformations.
  • Understand the role that designers can play in shaping a vision that acknowledges unknown futures while also setting in motion opportunity for continued transformations driven by population changes, economic values, and climate impacts.
  • How to work with a diverse group of stakeholders to build consensus around complex values and diverse social, economic, and environmental interests.
  • How engaging and responding to complex cultural and historic influences can help ensure collective ownership in the places we design.

 

Featured projects

National Opera and Ballet

Presenter: MICHELLE DELK

Landscape / Architecture: SNØHETTA | Client: STATSBYGG, THE GOVERNMENTAL BUILDING AGENCY

An urban fjord and seasonally dynamic riverfront, embody a complex natural, built, and social environment. It embraces the complexity of the existing landscape while envisioning a future set in motion through selective design intervention intended to reveal past histories and offer new experiences along these waterfronts.

 

San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Project

Presenter: KEVIN CONGER

Landscape Architect: CMG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Led by: THE PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO

The San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Project, led by the Port of San Francisco, will adapt 7 ½ miles of urban waterfront for sea-level rise in 2100 while increasing seismic safety, ecology and social equity through design.

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