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Tuesday 6 March 2018
HASSELL+ opens community hub on South San Francisco's Grand Avenue

South San Francisco residents now have the chance to shape their region's planning for climate change and sea level rise with the recent opening of the Resilient South City community hub at 304 Grand Avenue.

A 100 year-old heritage building that had been vacant for decades has been transformed by the multidisciplinary HASSELL+ team into a community meeting, design and educational centre, and space to display photographs and stories from the South San Francisco Historical Society and SFO Aviation Museum.

The shopfront opening featured remarks by San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine, Resilient by Design Managing Director Amanda Brown-Stevens, South San Francisco Council Members, community leaders and members of the HASSELL+ team in addition to giveaways and information on the project and opportunities for public participation.

The pop-up centre at 304 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco is now open to the public Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm, until the end of April. Locals are invited to drop in and learn about the project, chat with the design team, and provide ideas for what a resilient South City should look like.

"For so long, South San Francisco has been described as 'the industrial city'. We're asking locals, how do you want the city to be described in the future?" says HASSELL principal Richard Mullane.

"Over the next two months, the former Bank of South San Francisco building has a new life as a space for the community to talk about resilience and the future. We encourage people to drop in and share their memories and social history of the area. We'll be collating local knowledge and opinions so that communities can design along with us," he says.

With a focus on discussion, education and feedback, a program of community meetings and special events at the hub will involve local experts from the area to discuss topics such as native plants, social history and equitable urban design. Event updates will be published on the Resilient by Design website.

HASSELL principal David Tickle also presented at the 'Resilient Design: State of the Art - Emerging Issues for the Built Environment' symposium, organised by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University. David spoke about designing 'waterfront places that people love' as part of the lineup of international professionals who were invited to share learnings from their resiliency work in practice.

The HASSELL+ team was selected in January by the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge to lead the visioning, community engagement, and design of a plan to tackle the climate challenges facing South San Francisco today and into the future.

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