SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

December 7, 2016

Giant inflatable structures give students valuable experience

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Lance Walters

Giant inflatable structures, some two stories tall, took over part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus at the end of the 2016 fall semester. It is the fourth straight year the inflatable, or pneumatic, structures popped up in the lawn between the School of Architecture and Hawaiʻi Hall.

The pneumatic structures were designed and built by 43 students taking Architecture 235, a second-year design studio course. The structures were made of sheets of plastic the students seamed together with soldering irons and clothing irons. Everyday household standing fans inflated the structures.

“Typically, in design school and architecture school, you don’t get to build full size projects,” said UH Mānoa architecture professor Lance Walters, who teaches the course. “This project involves designing through representation and then constructing them. This gives them a chance to learn more about the spaces they are actually designing.”

“It’s a different experience to actually see something built,” said UH Mānoa architecture student Keola Annino, who built on one of the seven structures, which were one to two stories high. “We’re only in our second year, first semester of our second year, so having the opportunity to build something is pretty awesome.”

The assignment was to create pop-up galleries to display projects from earlier in the semester. The projects on display were of schematic designs, the first phase of basic design. The students used technical drawings, computer renderings and collages to rethink and conceptualize lifeguard towers.

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April 1, 2017

Design Exchange: Peace Memorial

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Karla Sierralta

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Karla Sierralta, together with her students: Calvin Bulan, Jason Hashimoto, Khan Meyer, Valerie Ribao, Malu Stanich and Morgan Wynne traveled to Japan and participated in a cultural and academic exchange with the Nagaoka Institute of Design. Students from both institutions collaborated and presented design proposals during an intensive two-week workshop that took place in both Nagaoka and Honolulu. The exchange was rooted on the recent commemoration of the 70th anniversary of peace between the nations of Japan and the United States and focused on the design of a dual physical memorial for sites in both cities celebrating this friendship and paving the way for future generations to embrace world peace.

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NID Professor Seisuke Watanabe explains the sites in Nagaoka

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Students collaborate during design workshop in Japan

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Students present their design work at NID

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Final student presentations at Charlot House in Honolulu

February 27, 2017

“Flushing Our Future” ASLO 2017 Town Hall Event on Wastewater Treatment

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Wendy Meguro and others

Assistant Professor

This town hall event will connect and engage scholars, other experts, community members, students and decision-makers in the examination of the status of wastewater treatment in Hawaiʻi.

 Hawaiʻi provides a tractable model from which to generate solutions to wastewater management in a world experiencing rapidly changing climate, population growth and ageing infrastructure.  Aging and failing cesspools, increasingly large episodic storms, and sensitive environments combine to create a “perfect storm,” a combination of factors that together result in unprecedented challenges in Hawaiʻi’s wastewater management. This leads to impacts on beaches and aquatic resources, difficulty pinpointing sources of waste contamination, homeowners burdened with upgrade costs, and difficulty navigating the waste treatment regulatory environment.

Multidisciplinary cluster faculty of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa focused on sustainability and community outreach will each provide their impressions and expertise on this issue forming, in aggregate, a thoughtful and reasoned foundation for identifying specific challenges and seeking applied solutions.  The event will include a presentation framing the challenges and current efforts, followed by small group brainstorm and discussion. 

LOCATION
Hawaii Convention Center (Room 306 A)
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

November 1, 2016

A special presentation by the AIA ACADEMY of Architecture for Justice

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December 11, 2016

AIAS National Recognizes UH Paper Architecture Night

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AIAS Hawaii

Paper Architecture Night
AIAS and AIAS Hawaii

AIAS has recognized the Hawaii chapter for our Paper Architecture Night with a great article on their website. For four years and running PAN has been a monthly staple of the Hawaii chapter, bringing students and professionals together in the School of Architecture courtyard for presentations, socializing and food. Congrats to all the members, past members and supporters of this highly active chapter who help keep PAN and the Hawaii chapter a success. 

February 2, 2017

2X2 - Ferraro Choi X Urban Works

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EXHIBITION CONTINUES THROUGH SUMMER

February 9, 2017

Building Voices Design Festival Announced

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April 22, 2017 @ the Hawai’i State Capitol

Official festival website:

https://www.buildingvoices.org

An ideas + action festival that collects diverse perspectives surrounding
DESIGN as a framework for addressing the challenges and opportunities
facing Hawai’i.

EVENTS include: a symposium, an
international design competition, a
traveling exhibition, a published book
and other design-focused initiatives.

EARTH DAY, SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017:
a free symposium and exhibit will be open to the public. Other related events will be held throughout the month of April for National Architecture and Landscape Architecture Month.

VENUE: THE HAWAI’I STATE CAPITOL.
See the main website calendar for
other event locations.
We gathered community leaders,
government officials, students, faculty members, and designers to ask what
they felt the most pressing issues and
opportunity areas are for the future of Hawai’i. Five main themes emerged:

1. ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE
2. RESOURCE INDEPENDENCE
3. HEALTHY CITIZENS
4. COMMUNITY MOBILITY
5. HOUSING FOR ALL

ALL VOICES are invited: community
members, citizen-experts, students,
artists, inventors, designers, architects, landscape architects, planners,
engineers, builders, developers,
and city and state officials.

 

December 13, 2016

2016 Spatial Explorations Design Competition

Competition and Jury Event on September 29, 2016

Arch 101 Basic Design Studio

1st year BEnvD

The first year basic design studio displayed over 500 models that explored a variety of materials, volumetric operations and spatial qualities for the inaugural “Spatial Explorations Design Competition”. Each student presented one drawing, eight models and a brief description of their investigation. A jury of guest critics selected three noteworthy projects. The first prize was awarded to: “Square Splendor” by Reid Kaneshiro. Nathan Nishimura received the second award with his project titled “Flux” and “Incomplete Cubes” by Sean Nada received third prize.

The students were guided by Assistant Professor Karla Sierralta together with Teaching Assistants Vincent Au, Matthew Kubota and Jayna McClaran.

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Selected Student Models

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NAHELE

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MAU LOA

LĀHUI

MAIʻA

LĀNA‘I

MALIHINI

MAKANA

HINAHINA

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MANA‘O

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MĀLAMA

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HAWAI‘I

MAHALO

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