Floating city, vertical gardening among winning student architecture projects

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The winner of the “Kaiwi Floating City” Student Excellence Award.

An innovative floating city, designed to combat climate change and rising sea levels, has won the Student Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu Student Design Awards. Four other universities in Hawaii at the Mānoa School of Architecture, student projects have also been recognized for design excellence. The 63rd AIA Honolulu’s annual awards were announced the week of November 8, 2021 via short videos on social media.

Student winners:

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Kaiwi Floating City
  • Student Excellence Award: “Kaiwi Floating City” by My Tran, Faculty Graham Hart
  • Student Honorable Mention + Audience Student Award: “Tomato Tomorrow” by Taylee Kelly, Riza Lara, Thanh Nguyen, Ruan of Haixin, Joy Edades and Jacky Yatsu, Faculty Bundit Kanistakhon
  • Student Honorable Mention: “Immersive Workplace” by Moises Lio can, Zaw Latte, Yaning Zhang and Ming Xu, Faculty Clark Llewellyn
  • Student Honorable Mention: “Hale Konuwaena” by Kaimana Tuazon, Faculty Cathi Ho Schar
  • Student Honorable Mention: “Hui o Leahi” by Desiree Joy Malabed, Faculty Ariel Dungca

“The featured projects were developed in the School of Architecture’s design studios, which are at the heart of all our programs,” said Karla Sierralta, associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of undergraduate studies. “In the design studio, students work alongside faculty to creatively develop projects that address current and critical issues in architecture and built environments. These awards are an excellent measure of the success of teaching and student learning. »

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Tomato Tomorrow
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Immersive workplace in the day.

“I hope this project sparks new ideas about future cities,” Tran said in the video about her winning design.

the AIA The annual Honolulu Design Awards program has provided an avenue for AIA Honolulu architects are to be recognized by their peers for their outstanding achievement and dedication to excellence in architectural design. The Student Category was created to recognize student achievement in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated beyond an academic setting.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to showcase their design and creativity not only to the design and construction community, but also to the general public,” Kanisthakhon said. “As an educational advisor for Tomato Tomorrow, I am very pleased with the recognition this team is receiving. Their proposed design solutions to the myriad of sustainability issues we face on this island are both thoughtful and creative.

These prices are an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of improving student achievement (PDF), one of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

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