Seminars: Session Details

Session F4 (HSW)
Honolulu’s Cultural Arts Corridor
Time & Location 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Room 321
Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City and County of Honolulu
Keolamaika‘i Annino
Karla Sierralta
UH Manoa School of Architecture
Brian Strawn
University of Hawaii Community Design Center

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will present the winners of “HONOLULU CONNECTS: Culture and Performing Arts Corridor Design Competition” alongside the competition organizers. This competition is the second iteration of the Building Voices Design Competition and is presented as a single-stage student competition seeking innovative design solutions that address Hawaii’s unique geographic location, cultural richness, global visibility and ecological diversity.

HONOLULU CONNECTS centers on three strategic sites surrounding Thomas Square. Proposed design interventions are intended to act as model design typologies for deployment throughout the entirety of the Culture + Performing Arts Corridor. HONOLULU CONNECTS challenges competitors to design a series of discrete urban interventions that create a cohesive and continuous design district stretching from the Honolulu Museum of Art to the ocean at Kewalo Harbor. HONOLULU CONNECTS seeks design solutions that are unique to Hawaii and that can serve as models for communities around the world.

Kirk Caldwell was elected the 14th Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu and assumed office on January 2, 2013. He has prioritized investing in Honolulu’s core infrastructure, with a focus on roads, sewers, bus and rail transportation, parks, and the homeless. As master plans are developed for legacy projects such as Ala Moana Regional Park and Thomas Square, comfort stations and playground apparatus are being refurbished island-wide, bringing new life to Honolulu’s parks. Mayor Caldwell has also taken significant action to address homelessness, including establishing the state’s first public hygiene center at Pauahi Hale and the City’s Housing First initiative, which is on pace to house 115 chronically homeless households in its first year.

Keolamaikaʻi Annino is the current president of AIAS Hawaii Chapter and first year graduate student of the Doctor of Architecture program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture.

Karla Sierralta is an architect, educator and design advocate. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, where she teaches foundation design studios and special topic seminars on design communication.

Brian Strawn is a design strategist and service designer with a background in zoology and architecture. He is currently a senior researcher at the University of Hawaii Community Design Center.