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BRIDGING KALIHI

YALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ADVANCED STUDIO 

CRITICS: BRIGITTE SHIM, DEAN SAKAMOTO, TALITHA LIU

FALL 2022

BRIDGING KALIHI IS AN ADAPTIVE REUSE AND MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN THE KALIHI KAPALAMA NEIGHBORHOOD OF HONOLULU, HAWAII. PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT IS AN ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE HAWAII HOCHI BUILDING, A NEGLECTED AND ABANDONED BETON BRUT BUILDING DESIGNED BY JAPANESE ARCHITECT, KENZO TANGE. BY TRANSFORMING THE HAWAII HOCHI BUILDING INTO A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER, I HOPE TO CREATE A HUB FOR THE COMMUNITY, BRINGING TOGETHER NEARBY HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS, HAWAII'S GROWING SENIOR POPULATION, AS WELL AS LOCAL KALIHI KAPALAMA RESIDENTS. PHASE II OF THIS PROJECT IS A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT THAT EXTENDS OUTWARD FROM THE HAWAII HOCHI. THIS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT CONTAINS RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL, SPACES FOR GAMES AND RECREATION, STUDY AND LOUNGE AREAS, AND SENIOR HOUSING. BORROWING THE FORMAL ELEMENT OF THE BRIDGE FROM THE HAWAII HOCHI, I USE BRIDGES AS A WAY TO BRING TOGETHER DIFFERENT COMMUNITY GROUPS ACROSS THE SITE. IN THIS WAY, THE BRIDGE IS NOT ONLY A SPATIAL TOOL BUT A SOCIAL STRATEGY THAT BRINGS TOGETHER DIFFERENT USER GROUPS. 

SITE: HONOLULU, HI

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