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Architecture, Ma Ka 'Olelo Hawai'I - Relearning How to Think About Design in Hawai'I Using Hawaiian Language as a Foundation

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Title: Architecture, Ma Ka 'Olelo Hawai'I - Relearning How to Think About Design in Hawai'I Using Hawaiian Language as a Foundation
Authors: Walker, Lori K
Advisor: Leineweber, Spencer
Issue Date: Dec 2013
Abstract: Architecture in a contemporary Hawai‘i portrays a sense of place that is often incongruous with the natural environment. As indigenous cultures are increasingly recognized for their traditionally harmonious relationship with the natural environment, their knowledge becomes more and more valuable to design disciplines seeking to improve the impact of the built environment through place responsive design. Implementing traditional knowledge in the design process begins to remediate the degradation of natural and cultural resources caused by poor design. In Hawai‘i, indigenous knowledge is manifest in the Hawaiian language as it explicitly communicates a fundamental consciousness of the land. The research in this thesis institutes a specific three-part methodology which organizes and elucidates the relationship that exists between architecture and language. It identifies language elements, their implications, and potential architectural translation. Under the pretense that language is the expression of native thinking as a product of the environment, this methodology facilitates place responsive design through the implementation of native perspective. It serves as a model for formally translating a Hawaiian worldview into design specific to Hawai‘i. This thesis identifies the Hawaiian language as a medium for interpreting native Hawaiian worldview with the ultimate purpose of informing a more place responsive architecture in Hawai‘i. To this end, elements of the Hawaiian language are examined for their inherent implications of place. This investigation develops a classification of information that exists in the language. It is a system of three layers which successively reveal a uniquely Hawaiian worldview. Each layer contributes to the design process at a different scale. The research culminates in a new design process informed by a Hawaiian worldview as communicated through language and the layers that exist within it. This new process is implemented in a conceptual design for a Hawaiian-based public charter school employing the significant concepts revealed in each layer of information. The intent of this research is to initiate the discussion on approaching the challenge of place responsive design from the perspective of language. Translating the mutualistic relationship with the natural environment that is inherent in indigenous worldview into design is a critical step towards achieving a sustainable and appropriate sense of place in architecture for Hawai‘i.
Pages/Duration: 146 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/45642
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