2010

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    Revitalizing Urban Areas: Nature Enveloping the City
    ( 2010-05) Arakawa, Reid ; Llewellyn, Clark ; Architecture
    This study provides insight on America’s development history from the late 1800’s to the present day and presents the problem that America currently faces as a result. This problem is the lack of cohesion in our urban communities, such as buildings that fail to relate to each other, weak and dangerous pedestrian connections, and the deficiency of parks, open spaces and nature. Providing interesting public spaces, which are filled with nature, along with integrated mixed-use developments can strengthen our communities. Solutions are explored through case studies, with a focus on installing vegetation and creating parks in urban areas. The intent of this D. Arch project is to take an existing site in Oahu’s urban area and install nature in this urban space. The research strategies utilized are: Interpretive Historical Research: The research will describe America’s development history and identify what events and decisions led to our current way of living. Qualitative: Contemporary issues such as new urbanism and smart growth will be explored as well as studies of the benefits plants bring to our lives. Case Study Research: This research will include studies of contemporary examples of buildings that enhance communities with nature that add new ideas to the final design. Design Based Research: The design section will use the knowledge gained from the above sections to create a project effectively incorporating nature into the design.
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    Bridging The Gap Between School and Community: A project based high school for contemporary education
    ( 2010-05) Ayala, Daniel ; Llewellyn, Clark ; Architecture
    This thesis presents a design exploration into educational facility design, in particular to high schools, and the implications of educational pedagogy on high school design. The thesis poses the question, how can architectural design bridge the gap between schools and community, raising the value of education for students, parents, advisors, and community? A literature review and case study analyses examines both the existing paradigm of traditional school models and the alternative paradigm of the project based model. This thesis focuses on the project based learning model as it relates to design, significantly the three relationships: student to student, student to advisor, and school to community through their influence on design.
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    Hawaiian Ahupua'a Planning Approach (H.A.P.A.) for Rural Communities in Hawai'i: Modern Culturally-Based Sustainable Living Through Planning for Architecture
    ( 2010-05) Ching, Jonathan ; Meder, Stephen ; Architecture
    Contemporary Architects and Planners in Hawai’i are consistently pursuing sustainable, affordable, and ecologically friendly concepts and practices to incorporate into their designs. Their intention is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Hawai‘i and ensure the well being of future generations. The ancient Hawaiians settled the islands and developed harmonious relationships with, the natural elements, which they honored as Gods; the land; and among themselves - Aloha i Nā  kua (love and honor the Gods), Aloha ʻ ina (love and care for the land and ocean), and Aloha Kekāhi i Kekāhi (love and respect one another). From these relationships emerged a stewardship-minded culture, which proved to be an excellent example of the concepts and practices sought by modern planners and architects. In this dissertation, traditional Hawaiian planning practices will be explored and its successful elements identified. These elements will be incorporated into a planning approach that can be used as a foundation for rural community design in Hawai‘i. Case studies of modern rural planning and design approaches in Hawai‘i are explored and the preferred practices are extracted. These are combined with Hawaiian ahupua‘a principles to derive what I call the Hawaiian Ahupua'a Planning Approach (HAPA). A culturally relevant implementation process is included to illustrate how the HAPA strategy can be effectively integrated into a participatory planning effort. The outcome of such an effort can result in a plan and design suited to the natural resources of the land. This process can be used in any rural community in Hawai‘i, but is applied in this dissertation to the community of Hana, Maui as specific example.
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    Next Stop Gullmarsplan: The Urban Integration of Stockholm's Rapid Transit
    ( 2010-05) Copher, Cage ; Meder, Stephen ; Architecture