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"Lei of Green" Revisiting the "Dream"

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Title: "Lei of Green" Revisiting the "Dream"
Authors: Yamada, Marisa
Advisor: Noe, Joyce
Issue Date: Dec 2013
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to design walkable solutions for Honolulu, by overcoming gaps and separations caused by various transportation barriers that create dis-connectivity, with parks, beaches, landmarks, schools and communities. The research focuses on “building upon the shoulders of those who preceded us”. Previous project visions will be used as the foundation to inspire new ideas and designs to solve Honolulu’s “walkability” issues. The original “Lei of Green” design proposal created by the late Mr. Tom Papandrew, proposed design solutions and guidelines that promote walkability, recreation, safety and connectivity within an urban city. This doctorate project will be using Mr. Papandrew’s idea and other past examples of work, related to the “Lei of Green”, to create a stronger foundation of research, to support the design segment of this doctorate project. This study is the outcome of five main areas of research: 1) studies on a previous bike proposal for O‘ahu; 2) LEED – Neighborhood Development Criteria; 3) “The Image of the City” book written by Kevin Lynch; 4) Defining and finding the design criteria and benefits of both, Walkable Communities and Greenways; and 5) an interpretation of select case studies that embody both walkability and greenways. The result of all studies will shape the design benchmarks that will comprise the foundation for the final design proposal, of a sustainable walkable greenway system in Honolulu. This greenway system will be used to connect parks, beaches, landmarks, schools and communities to each other, to promote alternative transportation means, safety, additional tourist attractions, preserve existing green spaces and to instill Hawai‘i “sense of place” and cultural values that make Hawai‘i a unique destination. This research will provide a basic understanding of a walkable greenway design to eliminate gaps and separations within a community that can be used to create a walkable city for Honolulu.
Pages/Duration: 175 pages
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