Tuesday, December 8, 2015

SHADE Presentation by Dean Sakamoto

Dean Sakamoto presented the Chinatown Urban Acupuncture (CUA) project to
over 30 members of the State of Hawaii TOD Task Force and members of the
public at the State Capitol. Dean emphasized that Chinatown is only one of
twenty-one future Transit Oriented Districts (TOD) that need planning and
urban design. The CUA project is an alternative example of TOD planning
through intern training and professional mentorship. Honolulu's $7B rail
project is due be completed in less than 4-6 years. Special thanks to Senator
Suzanne Chun Oakland and Ben Villaflor, Sargent-At-Arms and their respective

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hawaii's Most Endangered Places 2015


The Historic Hawaii Foundation  & The Howard Hughes Corporation in cooperation with HONOLULU Magazine & the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division held a successful and informative Pau Hana event to discuss the 2015 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Hawai'i and how they are being saved. Interns Teresa Gabaylo and Woody Simpson from The Shade Institute gave a brief presentation on the group's findings and analysis of Historic Chinatown, including strategies proposed to improve the area culturally, physically, and economically.  Mahalo to all who participated!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pau Hana & Kick-Off 2015 RECAP

A big thank you everyone who attended the Pau Hana and Kick-Off 2015, the event was a success!
On November 3rd, the Shade Institute held a gathering at the AIA Center for Architecture to introduce the Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Project. Dean Sakamoto introduced the Shade Institute and spoke about the group's purpose and intent for improving the community through architecture and design. Shade interns Woody Simpson and Justin Wong followed with a presentation of their research, analyses, and overall experiences through their participation in the program. The presentations were then followed by food and drinks with discussion around a scale model of Chinatown.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HPR-2: The Conversation

"Walk through Honolulu's Chinatown and the clashes of building styles and ways of life quickly come into view. Chinatown's community came together last month for the Chinatown Action Summit. Since then, an organization that goes by the acronym SHADE - that stands for Sustainable Humanitarian Architecture Design for the Earth- has offered workshops to follow up on City-sponsored Summit. Part of the makeover mix includes an urban planning and design technique- that's part of movement in other cities. SHADE founder and architect Dean Sakamoto is here to school us in Urban Acupuncture." HPR-2
Click the following link to listen to the conversation:  http://hpr2.org/post/conversation-tuesday-july-28th-2015#stream/0

Monday, June 29, 2015

SHADE in the Pacific Business News

For more information about SHADE and our future events please go to:
SHADE Launch

SHADE is a professional alliance of innovative planning, architecture, design and engineering firms who share expertise and interest in the built environments of the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. As an alliance of companies, SHADE is an umbrella organization of member firms and individuals which transcend geographic borders to plan, design and build safer and more sustainable places in the rapidly urbanizing tropics. SHADE project types include housing, schools, workplaces, transportation, cultural and community building.

Sustainable and resilient planning includes the research, data collection, analysis and documentation of findings of existing and projected conditions. Planning is the necessary preamble to design and construction which factors the socio-political, economic and physical context of a place.

Humanitarian public interest practice places a priority on service to community and those who are undeserved by the environmental design professions. Public interest practice is an evolving field which leverages professional services to do what is right for those in need and to inspire action by resource holders and decision-makers.

Architecture and design, are the core practice disciplines at SHADE. We design buildings, places and things for people. Our approach is site and climate-based, taking into consideration the needs of the broader world, region and community. Design excellence is what we strive for in all projects with careful consideration of the project budget and evolving needs of our client and their stakeholders.

For more information and updates on all the SHADE events please visit:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hawaiian Modern Book Signing at Design Within Reach

Come join us this coming Thursday, May 28th from 6-9PM to explore the life and work of Vladimir Ossipoff at the Design Within Reach Studio with Dean Sakamoto. A book signing will occur during the event for his book, Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff.

Location: Ala Moana Shopping Center, top level next to Nordstrom
Directions: www.dwr.com/honolulu

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hawaiian Modern: Then and Now

A Vladimir Ossipoff designed Blue Cross Animal Hospital, 1938
Photographed by Victoria Sambounaris 

April is the AIA Honolulu's Architecture Month! To honor that Friday, May 1st, Dean Sakamoto will be giving a talk on Vladimir Ossipoff's design principles and discuss the relevance of Hawaiian Modern today. It will take place at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre starting at 4:00PM. It is also a celebration of the release of the second edition of the award-winning book, Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff.

DSA Moves to SHADE Space

DSA Credit

DSA has moved to a new office space and we are excited to renovate. Thanks to the team we now have a tile wall with reclaimed tiling adding some warmth to the space.

SHADE Office:
720 Iwilei Road, Suite 336
Honolulu, HI 96817

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sandcastle Esquisse - Team IBM 

Participants from Team IBM which consisted of Dean Sakamoto Architects, Benjamin Woo Architects and Ferraro Choi collaborated to build the Basalt Columns of Iceland in sand at the 38th Annual Sandcastle Esquisse at Kailua Beach Park. Team IBM captured the Best Use of Materials Prize. This event was hosted by the American Institute of Architecture Students Hawaii Chapter from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Dean Sakamoto photo.

For more info on the Basalt Columns and pics of other cool architecturally inspiring rock formations see: http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/12/07/good-day-at-black-rock-10-cool-columnar-basalt-formations/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Revit Share Event Hosted by DSA

Staff from Benjamin Woo Architects, Ferraro Choi and Dean Sakamoto Architects shared lessons learned and tips for Revit users. Nicole Hilgendorf of BWA discussed a high-rise residential project she is working; Michelle Spitzer of DSA toured us through a new school athletic facility on Hawai'i island; and Jason Takeuchi of FCA shared a health care job and the value of creating a "model warehouse" in the office server. Poster graphics by Lindy Hsieh.

Friday, February 6, 2015

SHADE design by HMS 8th Graders

Working with the 8th Grade class at the Hongwanji Mission School (HMS), Dean Sakamoto is facilitating the design of a shade structure and class gift on behalf of these students. After a site visit and discussion of the meaning of this legacy effort and the need for covered space on campus, the students quickly made sketches and paper board models of their ideas. The students are working toward realizing their designs with tremendous energy. Pictured above are three students in action. Dean Sakamoto photo. 

For more info on HMS see: http://www.hongwanjimissionschool.org/

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Modern Honolulu Slide Show

Bishop Museum historian Desoto Brown presented a compelling set of archival ephemera featuring mid-century Honolulu at Docomomo_US Hawaii Talk Story event tonight. Local businesses, people and modern architecture shot by professional photographers were the subjects of Desoto's narrated show in vintage black & white. From his archivist perspective, Desoto emphasized the key role played by commercial photographers such as Robert Wenkam who artfully captured the moment and the importance of proper archiving to preserve historic record. Never seen before, this presentation is a "must see" for others who have interest in the modern roots of our mid-Pacific metropolis. Thanks to Docomomo_US Hawaii resident historian Don Hibbard and Desoto Brown! Photo of first Toyota for sale in Hawaii in 1959, courtesy of Bishop Museum.

For more info on Docomomo US_Hawaii see https://www.facebook.com/docomomohawaii

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hawaiian Modern: Then and Now

In anticipation of the release of the second edition of the award-winning book, Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff, Yale University Press Art Books posted Dean Sakamoto's reflection on his original motivation to do this project and the impact of the first edition. Photos of selected Ossipoff masterworks by art photographer Vicky Sambunaris accompany this post including two never before published views across Honolulu from the summit of Diamond Head Crater. The Liljestrand House is pictured above. Vicky Sambunaris photo. 

To view the Yale Art Books Author Posts see: 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Erwin Hauer's Continua in Honolulu 

Living legend modernist artist Erwin Hauer's architectural screen block finally hits ground in Hawaii. Cast from digitally fabricated molds by Enrique Rosado of Erwin Hauer Studios, the Continua Series Design 2 block (pictured) is soon to be installed in a mid-century Honolulu residence and at DSA's new Iwilei office later this spring. Continua's complex geometry rendered seamlessly in white gypsum plaster is structurally sound and visually stunning for both interior and exterior applications in tropical settings. Continua's arrival in Hawaii is long overdue. Dean Sakamoto photo.

For more info on Erwin Hauer and the Continua series see: 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Chapel-Howe Street Apartments Rising

This 6-story 136 rental unit apartment complex is topped-off in downtown New Haven near the Yale University campus. Replacing a parking lot at the gateway intersection to the Chapel West District, this building will provide needed housing for students and young professionals and stimulate further development in the Elm City's urban core. DSA worked closely with Beinfield Architecture to attain City site plan approval  and community support for this landmark project. The realization of this project by RMS Development fulfills DSA's 2005 Chapel West Vision Plan recommendation for a mixed-use rental housing complex at this location. Dean Sakamoto photo.

For more info on the Chapel West Vision Plan see: http://www.dsarch.net/projects/chapel_west.html

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Urban Resilience For Coastal Communities at Yale

Dean Sakamoto is teaching this new interdisciplinary graduate level course at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The focus of this course is coastal storm resilience and climate change adaptation through community planning and design in the  East End of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Students will work with community stakeholders to develop coastal resilience guidelines in preparation for current coastal hazards and future events. Student group pictured (above). Dean Sakamoto photo.

For more info on Urban Resilience at Yale FES see http://environment.yale.edu/courses/2014-2015/detail/766/

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HURRIPLAN in Post-Sandy South NJ

Dean Sakamoto, Don Watson and Dennis Hwang deliver HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design For Coastal Communities to state and local officials, planning and design professionals in Tuckerton, New Jersey. This two-day event is being held at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve with over forty participants on January 8-9. Sakamoto developed HURRIPLAN, a FEMA certified training program for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since 2012, HURRIPLAN has been offered to hurricane-prone communities nation-wide. The seaside towns of Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor were significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Don Watson is pictured (above) discussing hurricane flood hazards. Group photo of participants (below). Dennis Hwang photos.

For more info on HURRIPLAN see https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training/catalog/9