Seminars: Session Details

Session E3 (HSW)
Urban Mixed-Use for All
Time & Location 2:15PM - 3:15PM, Room 319
Jim Freeman
FSC Architects
Andrew Tang
City and County of Honolulu Dept. of Planning and Permitting

This session will review the development of Transit Oriented Design (TOD) standards related to the development of the Honolulu Rail Transit system and in conjunction with the underlying County and State planned uses and criteria. Speakers will utilize a project case-study approach to identify the chronology of two sites within the Ala Moana Neighborhood Transit-Oriented Development Plan and discuss the opportunities and limitations that TOD guidelines require of the developments. The TOD districts have evolved to engage and access the assembled transit stations along Rail's 18-mile proposed length/alignment and are intended to provide economic revitalization with developer density incentives and corresponding community benefits that support transit ridership, improve pedestrian access and fund neighborhood improvements, and are guided by general objectives including supporting neighborhood character, desired mix of land uses, densities, circulation strategies, urban forms and cultural and historic resources.

Jim Freeman, AIA, is leading the team tasked with the design and construction of two multi-story mixed use high rises in the Ala Moana Neighborhood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan related to the Honolulu rail project. Jim’s passion to create transcendent contemporary regionalism using the LIVING PLACES approach – design imbuing convivial place-making skills with local culture, history and the natural environment to enrich life – has informed his architectural practice for over 30 years. This mantra along with respect and empathy for people, place and cultures encountered throughout his world travels directly relates to providing solutions to FSC Architects' diverse array of clients in the international hospitality marketplace. His design firm has extensive experience in designing luxury hotels, boutique hotels, resort architecture, timeshare resorts, urban resorts, mixed-use, luxury residential and resort master planning.

After receiving his architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Andrew Y. K. Tang practiced with prominent firms in The Netherlands for nearly 20 years. He has contributed to a wide range of international projects including strategic urban master plans, civic and cultural buildings, and resilient public space design. After completing the award-winning Rotterdam Central Station project, Andrew returned home to Honolulu in 2013 and is currently a senior TOD planner for the City's Department of Planning and Permitting. He continues to design and consult on projects outside of Honolulu.