An exhibition organized by the 5 critical topics of the 'Design Framework for Hawai‘i’s Built Environment'.
Strawn+Sierralta designed and curated an exhibition that clusters awarded designs and selected entries for the Building Voices Design Competition. Several case studies are shown for each topic to illustrate how the hybrid designs address multiple, critical issues. The exhibition was mounted on Design Islands, a traveling architectural construct.
Each of the eight islands of the Design Islands exhibition system provides two-sided display of information. Four formats are used to communicate the call for ideas, topic area descriptions, featured, and supporting projects.
Curation at the Hawai‘i State Capitol’s outdoor rotunda responded to both the existing architecture and a permanent art piece.
The curation of content on the exhibit system is defined by a few key relationships; the front/back nature of the frames, the spaces created around each island by the geometry of the benches, and the way in which those spaces relate between paired or clustered components, and the environment in which the set of islands are deployed. At the capitol a circular organization created a dialogue between the interior and exterior of the loop while responding to the omnidirectional nature of the highly public space.
FRAMEWORK & BRIEF
Strawn+Sierralta developed a unique design framework specific to the Hawaiian context to structure and inform the competition. The Design Framework for Hawai‘i’s Built Environment is a tool that addresses multiple topic areas and sustainability lenses.
Hybrid solutions are encouraged through the combination of five topic areas in relationship to a Quadruple Bottom Line, comprised of four sustainability lenses: Social, Ecological, Economic, and Indigenous Culture, which defines the inclusion of measures taken to support and multiply the voice of Hawai‘i’s indigenous culture, identity, and heritage.
The exhibition was organized around major topics and questions Hawai‘i’ faces today:
1. HOUSING FOR ALL
How will we house middle and lower income citizens when the cost of construction requires a salary of 2 times the median household income?
2. FOOD AUTONOMY
How might food production and technology be a driver for a 21st century economy in Hawai‘i?
3. RESOURCE INDEPENDENCE
What advances in resource autonomy can we forward with an economy driven with 100% renewable energy production?
4. COMMUNITY CENTERED MOBILITY
How can we innovate walkable communities for existing, dense urban fabric?
5. HEALTHY CITIZENS
How might we further reduce spending on health care, while increasing access and wellness rates for indigenous and aging populations?
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