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Safe Trestles | Overview + Guidelines

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| Safe Trestles |

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.

In response, a coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity, 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. 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.

| Location |

Located at the northern edge of San Diego County, and just minutes from San Clemente, California, Trestles is a popular recreational and surf spot between Cotton’s Point and San Onofre State Beach that consists of more than one mile (6,000 lineal feet) of shoreline. The spot gets its name from a series of railroad trestles that span the marsh and wetlands at the mouth of San Mateo Creek. Lower Trestles is recognized by surfers as the premier surf break in Southern California for its consistent swells, and is used yearly as a stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour. Because of its diverse swells the spot is frequented by surfers of all skill levels daily. The site is currently used for three professional and a series of lower level surf competitions throughout the year.

The Park is bordered closely by the Orange County line, Interstate 5, Old Highway 101, and Camp Pendleton. The topography of the area changes approximately 65 feet (20m) from water line up to bluffs. The site for intervention covers an area of about 12 acres that centers on the current unofficial crossing - spanning beach, wetlands, the railroad and the bluffs. The small parking area at the north of the site that was part of Old Highway 101 is used during competitions and events. Each subunit of the park has access to water, sewer, electricity and telephone lines.

Recently the area has been a subject of controversy over a proposed toll road. The proposed road was championed to support residential expansion along this new corridor and to relieve congestion on Interstate 5, but was strongly opposed by many governmental and non-governmental organizations including Surfrider Foundation, San Onofre Foundation, and California State Parks. The road was denied a permit by the California Coastal Commission and was upheld by the Department of Commerce, stopping the construction of the road through the proposed site. The decision was seen as a milestone victory for the protection of San Onofre State Beach and the surrounding environment to the many groups and individuals who participated.

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| Challenge |

Although there are two official entry points to the beach, located 3/4 mile north and 1/2 mile south of the Lowers, getting to the beach continues to be a challenge. For the last few years the 1.5mile coastline (collectively known as Trestles) has been averaging between 250,000 to 300,000 visits per year. As many as 3,000 visitors arrive at Trestles daily, 1,000 of whom take an unofficial path midway between the two entries, passing through the adjacent wetlands and along the train tracks that divide the beach and road. This foot traffic poses a serious public safety hazard resulting in many near train collisions, as well as many environmental consequences to the delicate coastal ecology.

Any proposal to establish a crossing at Lower Trestles faces complex social and political obstacles. Designers and competitors can play a vital role in overcoming difficult odds by submitting captivating designs that will advance the process, raising public awareness of the current safety hazards and ecological damage. A new vision could demonstrate how a safe crossing could benefit both users and the environment, a new and innovative model for the future.


| Design Goals |

The challenge seeks to create innovative visions for a path leading to Trestles that:

    • Provide safe access between the drop-off point, the railroad, and the beach.
    • Restore and protect the coastal wetlands that have been damaged by foot traffic.
    • Provide opportunities for view points and education.
    • Provide solutions for accessibility, including ADA compliant facilities.

The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the beach, restore wetlands that have been damaged by the path, preserve and augment vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the coastal environment.


| Site Information |


Spanning the bluffs, railroad, wetlands, and beach, the site for intervention covers almost 12 acres centered on the current unofficial crossing. This unofficial crossing creates a public safety hazard as well as an environmental one. Near collisions between surfers (often with surfboards and/or bicycles) are common, and the human activity along the marsh lands increasingly encroach on the habitats of native flora and fauna.


From approximately 1000 to 1600 AD the San Mateo Creek region was inhabited by the Acjachemen tribe subsisting on the creek’s natural resources. Spanish missionaries arrived in 1769, converting natives to Catholicism. In 1863, the San Mateo Creek flooded with enough force to erode debris and cobblestones out to the ocean and into the delta creating what is now known as Lowers. In 1891 the “Surfliner” route of the Santa Fe Railroad Company was completed. Upon completion, the mouth of the San Mateo Creek that naturally fluctuated between Lowers and Uppers was fixed in its current location at Uppers.

Bob Sides and his friends discovered the surf at Trestles in 1933. By 1937, Frank Ulrich made San Onofre the world’s first surf camp by posting a sign at his gas station. The area was then fought over by the US Navy and Camp Pendleton, the San Onofre Surfing Club, and casual surfers as Marines trained for both WWII and Vietnam creating tension over the use of the beach. The beach front was also altered by the addition of I-5 in 1961 (replacing Highway 101) and the 1968 opening of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to the south.

By Presidential Decree, Richard Nixon took 3,400 acres from Camp Pendleton and established the San Onofre State Park. Then-California Governor Ronald Reagan claimed that the action had guaranteed the future of the beach and bluffs. Subsequently, Trestles re-opened to surfers, bringing the first civilian surf contest to Trestles in 1977: the Sutherland Pro.

Recently, the area has been a subject of controversy over a proposed toll road. The first annual “Stop the Toll Road” Pro-Am was held at Lowers in 1993, won by Shane Beschen. Championed to relieve congestion on Interstate 5, the road was opposed by many governmental and non-governmental organizations including Surfrider Foundation, San Onofre Foundation, and California State Parks. The permit rejection was seen as a milestone victory for the protection of San Onofre State Beach and the surrounding environment to the many groups and individuals who participated. See the Save the Park campaign for more information.

The inaugural Nike Lowers Pro was held in 2008, though it was the 2009 event that became the first World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-star Prime event to be held at Trestles, thus continuing the site’s standing and legacy among the world surf community.

Environmental Issues

Without constructed channels, the San Mateo Creek remains the most pristine coastal stream in Southern California. Within the boundaries of the Trestles Subunit of the San Onofre State Park, the mouth of the creek and wetlands lay between I-5 and the ocean. Home to a highly diverse community of plants, birdlife, mammals and reptiles, the 160 acres Wetlands Natural Preserve includes a freshwater lagoon, wetlands and several distinct plant communities including Coastal Sage Scrub, Willow Woodland, a Sycamore/Cottonwood stand and Marsh Wetlands.

San Onofre State Beach is home to eleven federally endangered or threatened animal species: Steelhead Trout, Tidewater Goby, San Diego Fairy Shrimp, Riverside Fairy Shrimp, Arroyo Toad, Pacific Pocket Mouse, Least Bells' Vireo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Snowy Plover, California Gnatcatcher and Thread-Leaved Brodiaea. The San Mateo and San Onofre watersheds provide one of the last ecosystems for these delicate species. This watershed is also the last natural wildlife corridor that connects the Cleveland National Forest to the Pacific Ocean. The undisturbed coastal sage environment and riparian forest are also major contributing factors to the survival of these eleven protected species and provide habitat to many other species thriving within San Onofre State Beach.

Non-native species account for an estimated 20% of the plants found in the lower San Mateo Creek habitat area. Most of these are well-established but not threatening. More importantly there are several exotic species which are highly invasive and displace native plant species and animal habitat: Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum), Giant Reed (Arundo Donax), Cape Ivy (Delairea odorata), and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Other less threatening invasives include Pampas Grass (Cortaderia atacamensis), Canary Palm (Phoenix canariensis), Washington Palm (Washington robusta), and Mypoporum laetum, and Eucylptus.


The site covers multiple jurisdictions: San Onofre State Park; Camp Pendleton; the railroad; the adjacent Interstate 5; and its close proximity to Orange County. Since 1971, the CA State Parks has been leasing San Onofre State Beach from the US Department of the Navy for a period of 50 years – leaving the parks future publically unknown.

The Railroad

The railroad tracks are both a subject and unique complication of the challenge. Metrolink owns the Orange County segment of the railroad, however, the North County Transit District owns the San Diego County segment. Since the site is approximately 0.7 miles from the Orange County line, any variation to the track itself would likely have an impact in both jurisdictions. The railroad also has a 50’ easement on either side of the tracks.

Community Objectives

Almost since its discovery as a surf site, there have been controversies over the ownership and user rights of Trestles. The surf community has had both successes and failures in working with the ever changing owners of the land. The most recent toll-road coalition illustrates the strong connection, and commitment that local community groups have to this unique site. It is important to recognize the various social cultures of these groups as any design intervention would likely impact their continued use of the site.

California State Parks

Previously CA State Parks has recommended use for the Trestles Sub-Unit:

    • Shoreline is recommended for surfing use
    • Wetland area is recommended for use as a natural preserve
    • Portion of the bluff top at Basilone Road Interchange is recommended for day use parking for 100 cars
    • Access trail from parking area to adjacent San Onofre Creek drainage area
    • Access across the railroad trestle to access the beach

The 1984 State Parks plan recommends a natural preserve in all areas of existing wetlands between the beach and the old highway that should include interpretive trails carefully designed and routed to avoid through traffic to the surfing beach. They also proposed replacing a portion of the abandoned Highway with a new bicycle trail and a service road only 20 feet wide.

San Mateo Creek Conservancy

In a recent report on the Trestles Wetlands Natural Preserve, the Conservancy outlines the following goals and potential uses for the area:

    • Restore Trestles Wetlands Natural Preserve in as natural a state as possible
    • Present to the public its important and unique position in our coastal habitat
    • Eradicate invasive species and restore native plant species to area
    • Create viewing platforms to educate and inspire the public


| Program Requirements |

The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the area, restore and protect the coastal environment that has been damaged by foot traffic, provide view points and educational opportunities related to the past and present conditions as wells as protecting its future.

Competition Structure

This is a two-phase open competition to generate visionary ideas for a safe trail and railroad crossing that provides access Lower Trestles. After the eight-week Phase 1 period, 4-5 finalists will be selected to develop their designs in Phase 2 with a $5000+ stipend each.

Design Requirements

Path from Old Highway 101(special events parking) to Lower Trestles:

    • Entry point should be from the Old Highway 101.
    • No new parking should be provided, except those spaces required for accessibility (see “Accessibility” below).
    • The existing trail leads you down an initial steep descent to a relatively level portion of trail until one reaches the railroad. After crossing the tracks, one must drop down a steep embankment and choose any number of carved footpaths the rest of the way to the beach. Some of the year, the wetlands are flooded, forcing people to walk the tracks a few hundred feet to a dryer point in the landscape. During the dry season, the fragile wetlands are the most convenient access point and the most traveled.
    • Paths should accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Restrooms
    • Water fountain

Railroad Crossing:

    • Above-grade solutions should maintain at least 26’ of clearance above the railroad.
    • At-grade solutions should include crossbucks, electrical warnings, a bell, and/or a gate that drops to prevent pedestrians from crossing the tracks. Consider audio/ visual solutions that will not disturb the parks’ solitude.
    • Below-grade solutions should maintain a minimum 8’ ceiling height. Design submissions may allow for raising the tracks by 4' to accommodate for ground water level.


    • All portions and elements of the proposal should be accessible to all users. This includes boardwalks, elevators, ramps, restrooms, water fountains, etc.
    • Paths should be a minimum 4’ wide. Landings should be a minimum of 5’ wide.
    • Indicate at least 4 accessible parking spaces, and 1 van accessible space.
    • Refer to CASP Accessibility Guidelines for more information. [PDF]


| Disclaimer |

Participants in the competition should direct any and all questions to the competition administrators at Architecture for Humanity. No contact should be made with California State Parks or the US Department of the Navy. California State Parks, San Onofre State Park, US Department of the Navy or Camp Pendelton Marine Corps Base do not offer any endorsement or implied intent to participants in this competition in any way. The compilation of the design brief, history, records of and design requirements for the site have been done solely by Architecture for Humanity. Review, judging or awards made by Architecture for Humanity and its partners for any ideas submitted are solely the opinion of the jurors, in no way connected to or reflective of plans or intentions of CA State Parks or the US Department of the Navy.


| Registration Requirements |

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of professional status, job, sex, race, age or nationality. Entrants do not need to be licensed architects to participate and will be paired with a licensed architect if their designs are selected for construction. Designs may be submitted by an individual or by a team. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, or the number of teams with which an individual may participate.

Entrants must register to participate in the Open Architecture Challenge. Only registered entrants will have access to the competition criteria, design brief and other background information.

Please note: Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee and must meet the requirements for submission outlined below.

How to Register

In order to register for the competition, entrants must first join the Open Architecture Network at

The deadline for competition registration is April 17, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The cost of registering is $20 per entry and will be split benefit The San Onofre Foundation, The Surfrider Foundation, and Architecture for Humanity. The registration fee may be waived in certain cases (see "Registration Fees" below).

Once payment has been received, entrants will be redirected to the competition page on the Open Architecture Network. There they will have access to the competition criteria, design brief and other background information. They will also receive a confirmation email which will include their Entrant ID Number and a link to their entry page on the Open Architecture Network.

Team Entrants

One registered user must start the project and invite other team members. This individual is considered the Team Lead and will be the contact between designers and competition administrators for the purposes of communication. Please be certain to keep contact information for all team members current on the Open Architecture Network. You’d want to know if you won, right?

Student Entrants

Students and faculty are invited to work together and submit entries as a team or individually. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate fee must be paid for each entry. Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.

Student work is juried alongside that of professionals, and jury members will not be advised of the difference. In the past, students have won competitions hosted on the Open Architecture Network by Architecture for Humanity. Student entrants must be willing to partner with a licensed architect if their design is selected for construction.

Please contact us, if you plan to pay multiple entry fees together. The registration system only supports one payment at a time.

Registration Fees

Each Entry

$20: Registration Deadline is April 17, 2010.

Online payments of the registration fees are accepted via PayPal, and the link can be found during your online registration process.

PayPal is the preferred method of payment. Receipts will be sent by email directly from PayPal to entrants. If you cannot use PayPal, please contact us.

You may mail a check or money order, but using these payment methods may cause a delay in registration. Payments by check or money order must be received on or before the registration deadline.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to:

Architecture for Humanity
(Please note Lower Trestles Competition on the check)
848 Folsom St.
Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

Please contact the competition team if you are unable to pay the registration fee due to financial hardship.


| Schedule |

Phase 1: Conceptual Design
February 17, 2010: Competition Opens
April 17, 2010: Deadline for Registration
April 17, 2010: Deadline for Submission
April 19 – May 06, 2010: Jury Review
May 08, 2010: Winners Announced at the 6.0 Lowers Pro Event!

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


| Submission Requirements |

[File Upload Instructions]

The period for work submission is February 17, 2010 – April 17, 2010

Competition entrants must be members of the Open Architecture Network and register to enter the competition. Projects must be posted on the Open Architecture Network by April 17, 2010 at 11:59pm (PDT).

The submission should be original in content.

All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including logos, text, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s authors.

All digital files must be submitted to the “Files” tab of competition entries on the Open Architecture Network. All file names should include the Challenge Entry ID Number assigned during registration (e.g., 0000_presentationboard.pdf). Please contact us immediately if you are having trouble uploading your files.

Image format: All Required image files must be 3000 pixels x 2000 pixels (15in x 10in @ 200 DPI) in JPEG, PNG or GIF format. And the presentation board should be Landscape Format at 24in x 36in at a minimum of 200dpi.

Units: All dimensions, though not required, should be in feet and inches.


  1. Project Description Text (REQUIRED)

    All text on the entry must be included in the text field on the entry page and in a text file uploaded to the files tab. Project administrators can add or change this text by clicking the edit button in the top left corner of the page. This should be a full description of your proposed design.

    The files should be named/saved as entrant ID number_01_textdescription.doc

  2. Presentation Board @ 24"x36" Landscape format(REQUIRED)

    The presentation board should clearly display the entrant's approach.
    The organizers will use this image as the primary board to display in exhibitions, publications and in community meeting in the field. This board MUST be the first image to appear in the slideshow.

    The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_02_presentation.pdf

  3. Plan(s) (REQUIRED)

    Plans do not have to be to scale but should accurately portray your proposal.

    The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg. If you would like to include multiple plans, please include and indicate as such.
    (i.e. entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg; entrant ID number_03_plan_02.jpg).

  4. Site Plan (REQUIRED)

    Site plans do not have to be to scale but should accurately portray your proposal.

    The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_04_siteplan_01.jpg

  5. Site Section(s) (REQUIRED)

    The site section does not have to be to scale but should accurately portray section(s) through your proposal and illustrate intended circulation patterns.

    The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_05_sitesection.jpg
    If you would like to include multiple sections, please include and indicate as such.
    (i.e. entrant ID number_05_sitesection_01.jpg; entrant ID number_05_sitesection_02.jpg)


    You can do either a 2D or 3D CAD file. If you are creating a two-dimensional drawing please include plans and elevations in the file. You and other users of the Open Architecture Network are able to view and comment on .DXF files inline using AutoDesk Freewheel.

    Format: .DWG, .DXF or .SKP

    The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number__06_CAD.dwg/.dxf/.skp

  7. Additional Rendering and Supplemental Images (OPTIONAL)

    Entrants are invited to submit supplemental files. There is no restriction on the style or content of supplemental images. For example, applicants may scan photos of a model, hand-drawn sketches, ink drawings, 3D computer graphic renderings, or web animations. There is no restriction on the style or content of documentation. Supplemental files must be uploaded to your project page on the Open Architecture Network. You may submit images, text, video files, renderings, or any other file type supported by the Open Architecture Network.

    The file(s) should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_01;
    entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_02; etc.

File List Synopsis

entrant ID number_01_textdescription.doc
entrant ID number_02_mainboard.pdf
entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg
entrant ID number_04_siteplan_01.jpg
entrant ID number_05_sitesection.jpg
entrant ID number__06_CAD.dwg/.dxf/.skp
entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_01

How to Submit

Once you have gathered the required text and image files and uploaded them to the Open Architecture Network, you may make Edits and changes until the Submission Deadline.

Starting April 19, 2010 jury members will review submissions. Entrants will NOT be allowed to edit any project details or files after the submission deadline. Editing may resume after the competition is complete and a winning design has been selected. If we have any trouble reading or opening your entry, competition organizers will notify you.


| Prizes |

The jury will select 4-5 winners and honorable mention citations from the Phase 1 portion of the competition. We will award prizes for Most Innovative, Most Environmentally Sensitive, and Best Educational Component. This first-phase jury will take place during the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro at Trestles in May 2010, and People’s Choice Awards for amateur and professional teams will also be presented then. Honorable Mention citations may not include a prize.

Phase-two finalists will each receive $5,000 stipends to work with local stakeholders to develop their ideas before submitting revised designs for a final jury that will take place during the Hurley Pro at the Lower Trestles surfing event in September. The winning design will require further review and collaboration with the local community, Navy, Marines, transit district, and local and state agencies. It is our hope that the selected plan will provide a vision for the future of Trestles.

This is an ideas competition. The Phase-two winner will be awarded a design contract for Safe Trestles. Architecture for Humanity and Nike 6.0 have no intention to award construction contracts as a result of this competition. Winners should consider their award strictly as recognition of excellent work in this competition.

A large selection of the competition entries, including all of the award winners, will be exhibited at the US Open of Surfing in August 2010. All entries will be available on the Open Architecture Network for viewing (see Exhibition and Publication).


| Rules |

The purpose of the Lower Trestles Challenge is to engage designers in a conceptual and schematic design process that seeks to solve the physical problems of the site while visualizing a solution that is both functional and engaging. The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the area, restore and protect the coastal environment that has been damaged by foot traffic, provide view points and educational opportunities related to the past and present conditions as wells as the future potentials of the site.

To that end, we ask that all entrants read and agree to the rules before entering the competition. In submitting an entry to the Lower Trestles Challenge, all participants agree to comply with the rules and terms of entry below.


| Eligibility |

The Lower Trestles Challenge is an open, international competition. Employees and family members of employees of Architecture for Humanity are precluded from participating in the competition, but there are no other restrictions on who can enter. Architects, design professionals, non-professionals, professionals in other fields and students of all ages are encouraged to participate.

In order to enter the competition, entrants must register for the Open Architecture Network. Participants may participate in multiple teams. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry. Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.


| Period of Submission |

Entrants are invited to develop their design throughout the submission period. Once the submission period has ended they will not be permitted to make changes to their entry until the jurying has concluded at which time entrants will regain access to their project and may continue to develop their design. Entries that are late, illegible, incomplete, misdirected or incompletely received will not be eligible.

The period of submission for the Lower Trestles Challenge is February 17 to April 17, 2010. The registration deadline is April 17, 2010. The competition organizers reserve the right to delay or extend the period of submission.


| Anonymity and Design Credit |

All files uploaded must be submitted without any markings that will identify team members in order to facilitate fair jurying of the competition. Files submitted for consideration should not include title blocks or any other identifying information. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to disqualification.

This does not apply to the Project Details or "Edit Settings" area of each entry, which must be completed in full and must include the names and roles of all team members. Please note: Information entered in the Project Details or Project Settings area will be used to give proper credit to design team members.

| Ownership and Copyright |

By entering the competition, entrants agree to a) post entry materials to the Open Architecture Network and to the Terms of Use of the Open Architecture Network; b) to license all materials submitted under the Creative Commons Attribution license and to adhere to the terms of that license.

Entrants shall own all design concepts, drawings, images, renderings, sketches, photographs, models, and/or text, documents, information or other materials submitted in association with the competition provided. However, the entrant hereby grants Nike Social Responsibility free, unrestricted use of the submission materials in fulfillment of charitable purposes, including annual reports, websites and in communications with volunteers, funders and the media and all other purposes specified in these Rules.

Notwithstanding AFH’s and Nike SR’s rights as Licensors, competition entrants shall retain full rights to use the documents in other projects for commercial and for-profit purposes.

By entering this competition entrants warrant that all materials submitted by them are their own, that nothing in the submission of these materials will infringe the copyright or any other right of any person and that they have full authority to submit the materials for such purposes.


| Exhibition and Publication |

The results of the competition may be presented online, in galleries or other venues, or in a printed publication and all entries will be available to be viewed on the Open Architecture Network. Selected and Finalist entrants may be asked to build scale models representing their design and provide printed presentation boards for exhibition purposes.

In any exhibition, publication, or website, the organizers will make every effort to properly credit the appropriate competitors. Architecture for Humanity and its designees reserve the right to utilize materials submitted by entrants in any publication or promotional endeavor in perpetuity and free of charge (See Ownership & Copyright).


| Disputes |

The jury has the sole authority and responsibility to recommend winners at the end of the competition. The organizers reserve the right to make a final decision regarding the winning scheme and any funding that may be made available for the development or implementation of designs entered into the competition. The competition administrators decisions in connection with all matters concerning the competition shall be final and binding.


| Limitation of Liability |

By entering the competition, all entrants and team members agree to indemnify, defend and hold Architecture for Humanity including its chartered units, and its governors, directors, officers, employees, agents, partners, funders, sponsors and volunteers from and against any and all suits, claims, demands, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating in any way to services it provides in connection with this agreement.

If you have any questions about the rules stipulated above, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Competition Details

  • Name: Safe Trestles
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: April 17, 2010
  • Submission Deadline: April 17, 2010
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Award: up to 5 Finalists: each awarded Phase 2 design stipend of $5,000.00+
  • Contact: alix o
  • Status: Winners Annouced

About Our Partners


San Onofre Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.

Rebuild is the San Diego chapter of Architecture for Humanity, providing solutions to problems that face communities on a local and global level through participation in design competitions, initiating their own projects, and working together with other humanitarian and non-profit organizations.


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