Field Lab: Tidelands

DatesThursday, October 13, 20, and 27, 2016
Location: In front of the Exploratorium along the Embarcadero
Pier 15 and Green Street map
Schedule: see our events page for a full schedule
Transit: The Exploratorium is served by the E and F streetcar as well as many MUNI buses and rail lines.The Embarcadero BART station is a 10 minute walk away. Outdoor bike parking is available next to the museum.
Admission: All events are free and open to the public

San Francisco is uniquely situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, one of the largest estuaries in North America. Surrounded by water, the City is a vantage point for observing wildlife, plants, and dynamics of the tides–even within a bustling urban environment. San Francisco is also faced with the challenges of rising sea levels, as are all of the World’s coastal cities. Today there are many efforts under way throughout the region to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Field Lab is a temporary installation, created by the Studio for Urban Projects, as Designers-In-Residence at the Exploratorium. The Lab will host discussions among scientists, designers, city planners, historians, and activists about plans to make the region more resilient to climate change. It will also be a venue for hands-on workshops, a research library, and film screenings.

We will ask questions relevant to many coastal cities: How can we look back to our historical ecology to find approaches to climate change adaptation? Do the “green” infrastructures of restored wetlands and oyster reefs help buffer against rising tides? How do these approaches mix with the “gray” infrastructures of sea walls, levees, and dikes? What role can we all play in envisioning a more resilient future that can accommodate diverse communities?

From the critters that live in the Bay and the impacts of rising seas, to the regional policies and projects that will help us adapt to the effects of climate change, the Field Lab will engage the public in understanding the tidelands.Come participate! The Field Lab is a place for you to learn and lend your voice to the questions that shape our future.

This program is presented by the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory and is supported by the California State Coastal Conservancy.