Lawn Loungers, a project led by Assistant Professor Karla Sierralta and Brian Strawn, UHCDC senior research associate

Lawn Loungers are part of the “Future of Hawaii’s Housing” research project, developed in partnership with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority. Our team at UHCDC (9 student research assistants and 2 post-graduate alumni staff ) worked in close collaboration with HPHA’s Executive Director, Hakim Ounsafi, and his team of experts.

The project is one of several components of a community engagement toolkit designed to travel into neighborhoods and form pop-up spaces where residents can come together to share their ideas about future housing. The toolkit also includes three other interactive tools, a digital app that allows citizens to design their ideal neighborhoods in real-time and two card games that ask the community what aspects are most important to them.

Lawn Loungers received an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honolulu Design Award, in the Institutional category. “The Honorable Mention responds to notable achievements in one or more particular project aspects that stood out. The jurors said this project is a simple and considerate urban intervention, small in scale but large in idea, to encourage the engagement of the public on larger community issues”.

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