Monday, May 23, 2016

Living Building Challenge/Sustainable Design: Dean Sakamoto

With the ever increasing demand for more housing and other developmental projects in Hawai'i, it is important to push for more designs that highlight sustainable architecture.  Dean Sakamoto was able to speak to Dr. Kathy Kozak on HPR, to educate the public on what it means to design with sustainability on the mind.
The interview touches on subjects such as LEED (Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design) and Ever the Land, which is a documentary focusing on how Aotearoa overcomes challenges to such problems facing them.

Listen to the full inteview here

If you missed last week's post, the Ever the Land movie will be showcased at the Dores Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum.  The final show is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30pm.

To read the full article and for more information on the event click here

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HURRIPLAN Resilience Training Workshop

Dean Sakamoto led the NDPTC resilience training workshop, HURRIPLAN, Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities on May 12-13 at historic, Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn.  This delivery was a collaboration with the Connecticut State Flood Plain Managers Association.  Emmeline Harrigan, of Shore-up CT and Diane Ifkovic, State of Connecticut's CFM coordinator were our host organizers.  Don Watson, Dennis Hwang and Susan Olivier were co-instructors.  Participants included state and local officials, planning and design professionals.
To learn more about the course, click here
For other classes being offered by the National Training and Education Division, click here

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ever the Land

Explore the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes: Ngai Tuhoe.  Don't miss this once in a lifetime film, with special guests Samuel Kaleikoa Ka'eo, Ms. Teri Patton, Mr. James A. Hoapili, and our very own Dean Sakamoto, as they talk about the new community center.
For AIA Hawaii members who purchase tickets to Ever the Land on Saturday, May 21st, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art invites you to Shangri La the following Saturday, May 28, to continue the conversation about the intersection of architecture, culture, and public engagement.  The event will include a photo walkthrough of the museum, spotlighting architectural elements, a lecture led by leading architectural historian and artist, Azra Aksamija, and light pupus.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to as soon as possible.
For more details about the film go to:
For more details about the event, and to purchase tickets go to:
You can also watch the trailer here
  • Saturday; May 21 at 6pm
  • Sunday; May 22 at 4pm
  • Tuesday; May 24 at 7:30pm
  • Museum Members: $10
  • General Admission: $12
What are your thoughts on the trailer?  Will you be attending this event? We would love to hear your feedback! Leave a comment below!

Friday, May 6, 2016

With the help of Territorial Savings Bank, Enterprise Honolulu, the City and County of Honolulu and Dean Sakamoto, the Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Exhibition Reception at the Honolulu Hale proved to be a success.  Big mahalo to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Representative Karl Rhoads, Council Member Carol Fukunaga, Council Chair Ernest Martin, Leigh Doo and Mayor of Chinatown Dr. Joe Young for speaking, and to Panda Express, Uncle Tetsu's, Royal Kitchen and Empress Restaurant for catering the event! 
Following the reception, SHADE Summer Institute 2016 confirmed its Celebrate Waipahu TOD Action Plan with a possible collaboration with the Department of Planning and Permitting.
Here is a short photographic recap of Tuesday's event.