The City and the Ocean
DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Exploratorium Bay Observatory Pier 15 at Embarcadero and Green Street map
REGISTRATION: Please register with eventbrite
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10-$20
TRANSIT: The Exploratorium is served by the F streetcar as well as many MUNI buses and rail lines. The Embarcadero BART station is a 10 mintute walk away. Outdoor bike parking is available next to the museum.
Although “greening” our cities has been the focus of much of the sustainable cities movement, we often overlook the health of the rivers, bays, oceans and shorelines that are a part of our urban landscapes. As cities attempt to adapt to rising tides, amplified by climate change, how do we reflect on the urbanization of our waterways, their history and the ways they have been altered. How do we design for sea level rise; conserve or enhance the biodiversity of our bays, oceans and rivers; and begin to understand our shorelines as an integrated part of the ecology of more biodiverse cities?
Join us for a discussion with Tim Beatley, the author of Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning and the forthcoming book Blue Urbanism (Island Press); Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the author of the best-selling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams); Robin Grossinger, a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute; and John Gillis, author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History (University of Chicago Press). From the perspectives of ecology, history, and sustainable planning the panel will explore past and future perspectives on ways to foster a harmonious relationship between cities and our waterways.
Photo: Detail of 1859 U.S Coastal Survey Map, courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection