resources | green primer



Malibu Lagoon Restoration Phase 1




Malibu, CA

Duvivier Architects did the schematic designs for the Malibu Lagoon Restoration – Phase 1. Malibu Lagoon drains into the Pacific Ocean at Surfrider beach in Malibu. While beautiful, the water quality at Surfrider is famously unhealthy due to pollutant loads from Malibu Lagoon and the creek that runs through Malibu Canyon from Agoura Hills and adjacent inland cities. Phase 1 Restoration was primarily a parking lot redesign to provide the following benefits: storm water infiltration through the use of permeable paving and vegetated swales, shade for cars, native habitat throughout, places to gather and sit, an area for students to learn about the lagoon and the critters that occupy the lagoon.

slide show
(click picture)




San Pedro Sustainable Waterfront Plan




San Pedro , CA

"Informal discussions were brewing for the current plan when Venice-based architect Isabelle Duvivier gave things a kick in the pants. Duvivier, who has done two extensive studies related to the California Coastal Trail in the Harbor Area, was an alternate in the negotiations between the Port and the TraPac Lease appellants." according to Random Length News. “David Freeman seemed to express genuine interest in what the stakeholders had to say, but there wasn’t a forum to discuss our concerns,” Duvivier recalled. So she suggested setting up a meeting specifically devoted to waterfront concerns.

The Sustainability Plan as presented by Duvivier includes the following:

1. All berths to be located at the inner harbor.
2. Provide linkages to downtown and community.
3. Provide links to and protection of existing open space.
4. Expand saltwater marsh habitat.
5. Ports O' Call—Develop/enhance 150,000 square feet commercial, a conference center, open space.
6. Create diversity of parking options to discourage traffic and encourage pedestrian activity downtown.
7. Create a plan that reflects sustainability goals.

The last point was key, in that it articulated the underlying unifying themes. These include:
• Plan the entire waterfront, including Westways, Warehouse One, Fruit Terminal and Scout Camp.
• Maintain Cabrillo Bay for recreational use.
• Create a waterfront business plan to describe the economic development goals, determine the mix of commercial, retail and educational/cultural uses development and enhance downtown businesses.

slide show
(click picture)



Los Angeles Harbor Area-California Coastal Trail Access Analysis




San Pedro/ Wilmington, CA

Duvivier Architects was selected by the California State Coastal Conservancy to produce the Los Angeles Harbor Area – California Coastal Trail Access Analysis. This is an analysis of existing conditions and proposed recommendations for a continuous California Coastal Trail in the Los Angeles Harbor Area from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Los Angeles River.

The California Coastal Trail is a continuous public right-of-way along the California coastline. The trail is designed to foster appreciation and stewardship of the scenic and natural resources of the coast through hiking, biking and other complementary modes of non-motorized transportation.

This trail is meant to:
- Provide a continuous connection to the shoreline at appropriate intervals.
- Allow sufficient transportation access to encourage public use.
- Enhance the user experience of contributing to the protection of the natural environment and cultural resources while accesing beaches, scenic vistas, wildlife viewing areas, recreational or interpretive facilities, and other points of interest.
- Create linkages to other trail systems and urban population centers.

slide show
(click picture)

download document (26.3MB)



Los Angeles Harbor Area Public Access & Urban Waterfront Plan




San Pedro/ Wilmington, CA

The California State Coastal Conservancy's Los Angeles Harbor Area Public Access & Urban Waterfront Plan will help to complete the California Coastal Trail, by closing the gap in the L.A. Harbor Area.

Duvivier Architects was selected by the California State Coastal Conservancy to prepare the Los Angeles Harbor Area Public Access & Urban Waterfront Plan.This plan furthers the efforts of the Los Angeles Harbor Area - California Coastal Trail Access Analysis, by developing specific recommendations for Coastal Gateways. These community "gateways" connect inland communities to waterfront and shoreline areas and to future and proposed Restoration Projects in order to encourage the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal natural resources and watersheds. This plan also includes concept and design plans for several Early Implementation Projects such as:

- The East Wilmington Greenbelt, adjacent to the Wilmington waterfront.

- The San Pedro Waterfront Gateway Park, linking the Cruise Ship Terminal via the newly completed first phase of the Waterfront Promenade to Knoll Hill and the 110 Freeway corridor, west to Gaffey Street.

- Beacon Street Bluffs and San Pedro Plaza Park, extending along the central San Pedro waterfront.

- The Point Fermin Coast, extending from Sunken City/Pacific Avenue to White Point/Shoreline Park, along Paseo Del Mar.

Development of this plan has been closely coordinated with the current San Pedro and Wilmington waterfront projects being managed by the Harbor Department of the City of Los Angeles and with the Harbor/Watts Economic Development Corporation. Design and site plans were prepared by Duvivier Architects, Marc Beyeler of the SCC, CMG, Mia Lehrer + Associates and SMWM.

download document (4.6MB)

The East Wilmington Greenbelt

The San Pedro Waterfront Gateway Park

Beacon Street Bluffs and San Pedro Plaza Park

The Point Fermin Coast

slide shows
(click picture)



Ballona Wetlands Interim Stewardship and Access Management Plan




Marina del Rey, CA

The State of California acquired the Ballona Wetlands in 2003 and 2004 because it is one of the most significant wetland resources in Southern California. Following its acquisition, the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), State Lands Commission (SLC), other agencies and various community and conservation organizations, began the wetland restoration planning process.

Duvivier Architects was hired by the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) to create the Interim Stewardship and Access Management Plan, which is the first visible step in a series of planning efforts to protect the Ballona Wetlands. This working plan is intended to serve as a guide to manage short-term access and restoration and educational opportunities for three plus years, through the completion of the Wetland Restoration Plan.

The goals of the plan are to:
- Create a handbook and a working plan for short-term stewardship and access over the next 3+ years.
- Provide public access and recreational opportunities compatible with habitat, fish and wildlife conservation.
- Encourage public appreciation of Ballona Wetlands.
- Develop a functional equivalent of a DFG Land Management Plan for the near-term until the final plan is adopted.
- Complement and advance existing activities being undertaken within Ballona Wetlands.
- Redirect non-complementary uses and activities from the Ballona Wetlands.
- Develop signage as needed, in a form and scale appropriate to the setting to enhance visitor education.
- Facilitate trash management.

The guiding principles of Interim Stewardship and Access Management are to:
- Build on what is working now: the ability of projects and programs to build on already successful efforts.
- Enhance partnering and improve working relationships: build on the existing strengths of community non-profits and encourage joint problem solving and public-private partnerships.
- Encourage operational simplicity: undertake programs and projects that facilitate monitoring and management without complex arrangements.
- Provide linkages to other ongoing or emerging efforts being undertaken in the watershed: encourage communication between agencies and organizations working in the Ballona Watershed.
- Don’t compromise future restoration efforts: work smart, focus interim stewardship efforts on projects that will be consistent with and supportive of the long term restoration plan.
- Leverage projects for their educational and interpretive aspects: provide teaching tools and articulate lessons learned with each undertaking within the wetlands.
- Offer an appropriate level of managed community access: provide a balance of resource protection, public safety and passive recreation.

slide show
(click picture)

download document (7.0MB)



Crystal Cove Historic District Restoration




Crystal Cove, CA

California State Coastal Conservancy

One of the few remaining undeveloped beach and riparian habitats left in Orange county, Crystal Cove is degraded and fragile. Any development will have a substantial impact on the Cove's future. As pressure from interested parties heighten, it is critical that the preservation and restoration of the Cove be paramount during plans for any future development.

The State Parks Department is currently in the planning stages for the development and restoration of this area. It is the goal of the Department of Parks & Recreation "to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation".

Duvivier Architects was consulted to review the Park Services plan and prepare recommendations based on the comments of the stakeholders. The recommendations covered on-site ecology, historic architecture restoration and planning processes.

It was found that the creek/ocean ecology, sand replenishment and coastal scrub restoration will not survive if overshadowed by issues of parking, use or occupancy. Due to the special circumstances and the fragile nature of the site, Crystal Cove must be a model for using new technology, educational innovations and stewardship of the built and the natural environment.

slide show
(click picture)


Alcima Project Restoration




Pacific Palisades, CA


slide show
(click picture)


Rethinking Suburbia: Suburban Revitalization and Design Guidelines




Benecia - Southhampton, CA 1994

While some suburbs are prospering, many others are facing problems such as excess traffic, smog, decentralization and lack of open space. Professionals from many fields have defined and implemented potential solutions for future developments, but not many address the existing suburbs. Duvivier Architects analyzed how an existing suburb, over time, could be modified with the help of the community driven by some basic, yet innovative, planning changes.

This project includes all facets of a neighborhood revitalization plan. Southhampton, a low-density, suburban community, established their goal to become more economically and environmentally sustainable. As a step toward that goal, the proposal introduced a new mixed-use commercial core, employment opportunities, and mixed-density housing. The plan also proposed streetscape improvements, infrastructure changes, transportation recommendations, and design and landscape guidelines. The final report was presented to the community in 1994.

With a minimum amount of rezoning, an existing monotonous section of Southhampton could become a mixed-use core that is easily adaptable to the changing needs of the community.

Proposed design guidelines for Southhampton include:

- Zero lot lines.
- Altered zoning in certain areas to encourage density in the central core.
- Common, mid-block walkway in exchange for decreased front yard set back.
- Pedestrian and bicycle connections along superblocks.
- Facilitation of remodeling to encourage ongoing community involvement.

Impact of changes on the community include:

- Less commuter miles traveled.
- Encouragement of residents to add to and personalize their units.
- Higher community employment.

slide show
(click picture)



Park(ing) Day in San Francisco

In San Francisco, the REBAR group and Trust for Public Land organized a mass reclamation of automobile parking spaces to provide temporary green space for pedestrians to enjoy.; Park(ing) Day, a day when volunteers turned parking spaces into parks. 70% of San Francisco’s downtown outdoor space is dedicated to private vehicle.

Over two-dozen parking spots were liberated. Some were transformed into lush, green creations complete with sod, trees and benches. Other organizations experimented with the idea, creating eclectic installations like artwork, benches and gardens one such space even features a self-serve lemonade stand!

On September 21st, I went to San Francisco to participate in Park(ing) Day. My friend Charlie Milgrim, a Bay Area artist and I created a sculpture park in front of SFMOMA. Our park was called PETRO Park(ing) and the sculpture featured in our park is called “Waste Stream”. Both are a commentary on the abundance of petroleum based waste found in our society. Our artificial stream was created from the packaging waste generated from a classroom worth f new computers. By feeding the meter of our parking space we rented precious downtown real estate. (25 cents for 10 minutes.)

A New York videographer documented the event. Click to see the link.

City Of Rialto Streetscape 1997
City of Rialto Redevelopment Agency
Rialto, CA

Duvivier Architects was hired to do a series of alternative site designs. These designs were to be used as models for pedestrian friendly development along Rialto's dysfunctional, yet improving commercial corridor. The prototypes are used to inform and educate future developers, business owners and city staff about how automobiles can be accommodated, while maintaining a pleasant and efficient pedestrian environment.

L.A. Rugby Club Playing Field and Clubhouse 1997
L.A. Rugby Club, (Carson, California)
Carson, CA

This multi-faceted project includes designs for the playing fields, surrounding park areas and a clubhouse for the Los Angeles Rugby Club. The Club is seeking approval and funding for a permanent practice field at Victoria Park. The site plan design reflects the variety of stakeholders involved. There are 2 rugby fields, 2 cricket fields, a restored creek/nature center, temporary shelters (for the annual Samoan festival) and a clubhouse to be shared by all. The project is waiting for funding approval.


projects: architecture | mapping