Smart designs can help us create lasting solutions that address flood risk, ecosystem restoration, community livability, and connection to place in an integrated way. Design Challenges can help unlock the creativity in our community and make sure we stay solutions-oriented. Community input in the design process helps ensure that the long-term investment in our infrastructure and our communities meet the needs of residents for generations to come. So mahalo for all the people who participated in the Make the Ala Wai Awesome Design Challenge and don’t hesitate to let us know of your ideas in the Suggestion Box!
In 2016 Nainoa Thompson, president of the PVS, and David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaiʻi, launched the Make the Ala Wai Awesome Design Challenge. The winners were Noelani Elementary School, ʻIolani Middle School, ʻIolani High School, Arizone State University, and the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. Learn more about the winners and finalists here.
The US Army Corps of Engineers Ala Wai Canal Project received funding in July 2018 and will move into the design phase after cost-share agreements with local partners (state and county) are negotiated.
The Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration submitted a proposal for a workshop on resilience at the November 2018 Design Symposium hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu Chapter and State Council, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi Architectural Foundation, and the UH School of Architecture. This year’s theme is “Building Voices: Livable Cities & Communities”