SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

August 24, 2017

D.Arch. Project Receives the 2017 APA Hawaii Annual Chapter Award

Ka Mala Lani: Re-Planning School Grounds for Growing Pono

Alberto Ricordi

D. Arch., ASLA Associate, SITES AP; Landscape Designer at PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc..

Alberto Ricordi (D.Arch. '15), Blanche Pope Elementary School, and the UHM School of Architecture were selected as recipients of the 2017 APA Hawaii Chapter Student Project, for the D.Arch. project "Ka Mala Lani: Re-Planning School Grounds for Growing Pono". In his D.Arch. dissertation, Ricordi developed a participatory design method based on the school garden “Ka Mala Lani” concepts of “growing pono” (in righteousness) and pu'uhonua (place of refuge). The school’s largely Native Hawaiian student population often struggles in passive academic settings, but is able to find refuge and healing in the “Ka Mala Lani” garden.  His master plan, consisting of a site plan and design solutions for Blanche Pope Elementary School, addresses not only environmental and resource management issues, but also social and educational goals for the school’s students. The school has successfully used the master plan as a tool to form community partnerships to implement three major projects, of which Ricordi has been an integral part of: a rain garden, led by Hui o Ko'olau Poko; a lilikoi hale and school garden improvements, through a Green Apple Day of Service event led by HHF Planners and USGBC Hawaii; and the “Garden of Eden” wellness pathway, led by PBR Hawaii and funded by Kaulunani Urban and Forestry Program. These projects and the master plan have been used by teachers to fulfill STEM curriculum standards and have the potential to strengthen community empowerment, identity, and self-sufficiency, bringing a UH SoA doctoral project from vision to reality for the benefit of local community.

DARCH and Community Projects PDF

IKI

KEIKI

KEʻOKEʻO

PIKO

WIKIWIKI

‘OLI

KAHAKAI

HOKU

MAUKA

KOHOLĀ

PILI

NAIʻA

IMU

ʻILIʻILI

HAOLE

PŌHAKU

LIMU

AUPUNI

ʻULU

ALOHA

NAʻAU

ʻALANI

MOʻOPUNA

MOLOKA‘I

LAUHALA

ʻOHE

HUI

HAPA

ʻAKAU

AHU

WAHINE

ʻUPENA

KUPUNA

MAKAI

WAILELE

MELEMELE

MAIKA‘I

KAUPOKU

AKUA

LOULU

KĀLUA

AHI

ʻULAʻULA

MAIʻA

UAHI

NALU

MAKANA

PUNA

ʻAʻALA

O‘AHU

IʻA

‘ONO

LEI

PAʻAKAI

NUI

ʻAHI

MOMONA

KAI

ʻUALA

KAHUNA

KAHO‘OLAWE

KUKUI

MOKULELE

HELE

POLŪ

UA

KĪ / LAʻI

HONU

HANA

ĀNUENUE

KULEANA

LOA

MOKUPUNI

HĀLAU

AKAMAI

ʻAWA

MAKUA

HO‘OLOHE

MELE

HINAHINA

UILA

HOʻOKUPU

MOʻO

MAUNA

AHUPUA‘A

‘ĀINA

‘UKULELE

IKAIKA

MALIHINI

KANAKA

MOANA

ʻŌHIʻAʻAI

LANI

ʻAWAPUHI

PAʻA

ʻAE

MANA‘O

NI‘IHAU

HAWAI‘I

NANI