South Shore Promenade and Coastal Open Space Network

South Shore of Oahu Map Analysis

Client: State of Hawaiʻi Office of Planning
Principal Investigator: Judith Stilgenbauer
Project Team:
Hayley Diamond
Gabriella Laping
Diane Moore
Jay Moorman
Jonathan Quach
ARCH 743 Spring 2018
Timeframe: May 2018 – April 2020

Resilience and Connectivity by Design

This project investigates past, present, and planned shoreline conditions in urban Honolulu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. It advocates for the anticipation of inevitable climate-change-related challenges through the development of innovative urban ecological design proposals that embrace dynamic conditions rather than preventing them. By challenging conventional wisdom and pushing beyond the status quo, the proposed design research intends to further and broaden the contemporary local and global discourse on climate-change-resilient, adaptive urban waterfront development.

Focused on placemaking and adaptation strategies, proof-of concept designs for catalytic project sites will propose people-centric, connected, amphibious waterfront conditions that decrease vulnerabilities by responding to anticipated shoreline changes, flooding, inundation, as well as issues related to Honolulu’s aging conventional infrastructure. These catalytic sites will act as soft defense mechanisms against sea level rise, allow for indeterminacy, increase biodiversity, provide ecosystem services, and at the same time, create livable and accessible urban waterfront and place amenities for all people.

This study intends to contribute to merging the seemingly conflicting goals of economic development, ecological performance, and urban place making into mutually beneficial, resilient relationships.