Safe Trestles - Design Competition to Create Safe, Low-Impact Access to Trestles


Overall Winner
The Wave
Design Team: CO-LAB design office, Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Honorable Mention | Educational Component
Safe Trestles Transect
Design Team: Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, Inc., Philadelphia (PA)

Honorable Mention | Innovative Crossing Solution
Design Team: kola+kle, Berlin (Germany)

Honorable Mention | Habitat Restoration
Unveiling the Natural
Design Team: ERGO4, Heilbronn (Germany)

Honorable Mention | Site Mitigation Strategies
The Long Trail
Design Team: Ken Smith Landscape Architect: WORKSHOP WEST, Irvine, CA (USA)

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We are launching “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Environment, Landscape
Country California, United States
RegDeadline 17 March 2010 GoogleCal iCal
17 April 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu manmade paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.
This coalition is looking for cohesive designs that eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks, help to restore wetlands that have been damaged by the present path, preserve and improve vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment. The new path should ensure continued access to the resources by all members of our community and adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
While placing no limitations on the originality or imaginativeness of design ideas, we are looking for tangible low-impact solutions that can actually be built at a future date. Ideally, the winning entry will be sensitive to the remote and undisturbed nature of the area—providing safe access without compromising the pristine environment and views of this rare example of natural Southern California coast.

Bjarke Ingles (
Mitchell Joachim (Archinode)
Pam Omidyar

4-5 winners and honorable mention: Exhibition and Publication
Phase 2 finalists: $2,000 stipends

Entry Fee
$20 USD

Presentation Board (24"x36") and Plan(s) and Site Plan and Site Section(s)

Phase 1: Conceptual Design
Jury Review: April 19 – May 06, 2010
Winners Announced at the 6.0 Lowers Pro Event!: May 08, 2010
Phase 2: Schematic Design
Schematic Design Competition Begins: May 10, 2010
Phase 1 Finalists Displayed at the US Open of Surfing Event: August 02, 2010
Phase 2 Submission Deadline: August 17, 2010
Jury Review: August 23 – August 31, 2010
Phase 2 Winners Announced at WCT Hurley Pro Event!: September 12, 2010

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