Design: Student Graduate Awards
Collective Individualism at the Los Cerritos Wetland Complex
Seal Beach, CA
Lead Designer: Sarah Moos, UC Berkeley
Professor, Advisor: Marcel Wilson, Bionic Landscape
Located on prime real estate along the Pacific Coast Highway and the San Gabriel River channel in Seal Beach, California, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Complex presents an opportunity to transform 600 acres of convoluted open space—land that is industrialized, urbanized, contaminated, privatized, and concealed—into an accessible landscape. The design aims to address the needs of a coastal wetland, a watershed scale hydraulic system, private energy-producing entities, and California residents. Progressive strategies attempt to preserve the desires of all stakeholders while introducing dynamic flows that function as a collective system to promote environmental, economic, and social growth.