On May 2, the ever-controversial Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project—designed to restore the lagoon to its natural shape after years of disruptions and enhance the visitor experience—had its official ribbon cutting ceremony. Or, in this case, kelp cutting ceremony. The newly revamped lagoon glinted in the sun as egrets skittered along the water’s surface. Inappropriately-dressed (dark suits and ties) state officials and project leaders posed for photographs, congratulated team members, and handed out certificates while protesters (some shirtless and in shorts), brandishing hand-made signs saying “Paradise Lost” and “Lagoonicide," booed and shouted at every opportunity. It was another beautiful day at the beach. Clark Stevens, architect and executive officer for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, said in a statement that for him this represents “reversing the trend that has led to the loss of 90 percent of our tidal wetlands on the California coast” and that he is “proud to have played a role in moving the needle back in the other direction.” Stevens was responsible for all the public interpretive features that dot the path through the lagoon to make it an interactive teaching environment. The protestors worry that the new project will damage the lagoon and its many ecosystems. As Suzanne Goode, the project’s senior environmental scientist said, “Things like this don’t happen overnight.” It will take close to two years for the embankments and berms to become verdant like the renderings show. Right now the only things swaying in the onshore breeze are the hundreds of little colored flags indicating where seedlings have been planted. But give it time. Though the protestors may never like it, the egrets seem happy.
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As Kermit once declared, "It's not easy being an architect." From the 2-feet-too-tall M Cube to the near-destruction of old masters, there seem to be problems around every corner. The story of Clark Stevens is doubly tragic, which Architizer ran today. You see, like many a sad architectural story, Stevens was working on one of his many glorious prairie houses when the recession hit and the client canceled it, and not only that, but there was a considerable squabble over fees, which client did not realize would grow as the size of the project did. After months of struggle a settlement was reached, about the best Stevens could hope for. A little while later, Stevens, an avid outdoorsman, decides to check in on his old hole-in-the-ground during an upcoming trip, but he sought out Google Earth first, where to his surprise, he could see bits of his building taking shape. The architect called up an contractor friend who had been working on the project who confirmed it. But, like a true cowboy (at least according to Architizer), Stevens decided to let the project go rather than to kick a cactus.