Recovering Indigenous Hawaiian Architecture | BUILT ECOLOGIES: ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENT



Our Built Ecologies series continues with a look at Hawaiʻi Non-Linear, architects who are attempting to recover an Indigenous Honolulu. By dismantling the urban transformations Honolulu has undergone, architects Sean Connelly and Dominic Leong help to envision alternative futures for how this land could be used and, more importantly, for Hawaiians, to reclaim these places for the practice of Indigenous knowledge. This process of reclamation includes sacred and cultural sites that are buried under current and former military forts in Diamond Head, Punchbowl crater, and Fort DeRussy beach.

As Connelly and Leong emphasize, “The role of the architect is to help facilitate these visions rather than impose a vision upon a place.” With no distinction between architecture and environment in native Hawaiian culture, “you might even think of the entire island as architecture—the greatest building you can ever imagine.”

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