SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Kupu at Kewalo Harbor: Design of a Coastal Public Park and Non-Profit Building

The landscape and building design respond to the social and environmental issues at this coastal site. The building features environmentally sustainable practices such as natural ventilation, daylighting, and photovoltaics to create comfortable spaces and minimize fossil fuel energy use. The new landscape design manages stormwater and anticipates future inundation with sea level rise.
The landscape and building design respond to the social and environmental issues at this coastal site. The building features environmentally sustainable practices such as natural ventilation, daylighting, and photovoltaics to create comfortable spaces and minimize fossil fuel energy use. The new landscape design manages stormwater and anticipates future inundation with sea level rise.
Khoa Nguyen
Intermediate Design Studio
Fall 2015
Professor: Wendy Meguro

This speculative project aspires to create exemplary urban, landscape, and architectural designs that both mitigate the effects of climate change and enable Hawaii’s people to become stewards of our local environment. It emphasizes creating a conceptual-level ecologically-sensitive landscape and resource-efficient, comfortable architecture appropriate for Hawaii’s 21st century coastline. 

In this final project, students design a landscape and building at Kewalo Basin, a harbor in Honolulu, situated between the most rapidly developing area in Honolulu, Kakaʻako, and Ala Moana Beach Park. The midterm and final critiques include professionals from the non-profit organization, Kupu, and architects, Group 70, who are currently rehabilitating an existing industrial building and surrounding landscape on the site.  

Through precedent studies, site inventories, and site analysis, students assess the urban context, site composition, climate, historical and cultural significance, community and client needs, program, and sustainability goals. Second, students define a vision and program for the site that includes both landscape design and built interventions.  Next, students develop a sequence of design propositions through various modes of representation, including narratives, models, and drawings. 

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