College of Hawaii structure college students win nationwide award for redesigning Kalihi

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Two PhD students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, PhDs in Architecture, won a national award in the annual Designing Healthy Places competition for their project to incorporate “agricultural urbanism” into the Kalihi region.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture awarded Khoa Nguyen and Valerie Nica Ribao $ 1,250 for their project entitled “O’ahu Ahupua’a: Connecting Land, Water and People”. Ngyuen and Ribao were one of five winning teams selected from 169 entries.

“The Kalihi Ahupuaa has largely fallen into disrepair,” said Ngyuen. “It’s invisible, forgotten and separated, overgrown with trash on the bank and invasive plants.”

The winning team’s renderings focused on converting industrial structures into a farmers market and greenhouse to support local produce grown in the area, including an aquaponics system to purify the water before it flows into the ocean.

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