Virtual Discussion: Envisioning Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Waikīkī, Part III

Presenter: Multiple from the SOA Environmental Research and Design Lab and School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology

Join the Virtual Interactive Discussion on June 22, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Register HERE

[Honolulu, June 2023] The University of Hawaiʻi, Sea Grant College Program Center for Smart Building and Community Design, in collaboration with the School of Architecture’s Environmental Research and Design Lab (ERDL) and the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, is hosting a virtual interactive discussion on Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. The event aims to foster discussion stemming from the academic research project, “Envisioning Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Waikīkī,” and engage participants in exploring innovative solutions to the challenges posed by rising sea levels. The third site in the project is next to the coast and the renders produced aim to shed light on potential flood adaptation options for the iconic coastal area. Coastal, open space, transportation, and building adaptations will be addressed.

The virtual event will showcase architectural renderings of site-specific flood adaptation options, offering a visual representation of potential future scenarios. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness an expert panel critiquing these renderings, providing valuable insights and feedback. Furthermore, audience participation will be encouraged, allowing attendees to contribute their perspectives and ideas to the discussion.

This marks the third public presentation following successful events in 2021 and 2022. For those unable to attend previous sessions, recordings of the 2021 and 2022 presentations are available on the Hawaiʻi Sea Grant project website, providing an opportunity to catch up on the project’s progress and findings.

The interdisciplinary design research team includes graduate research assistants (DArch & MLA students), a climate resilience specialist, and faculty from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Architecture, Sea Grant College Program, and School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. The goal is for these renderings to compel discussion, and contribute to design guides, pilot projects, and new policies that prepare for future flooding. The project previously collected feedback on adaptation strategies from over 70 stakeholders and published the findings in an online report as a resource for future design teams and policymakers. The design proposals for the first two sites were shared through a public presentation with over 120 attendees and discussion with guest experts.

The upcoming event for the third site, which is free and open to the public, will take place virtually via Zoom. Interested participants are encouraged to register in advance. Attendees can expect a thought-provoking and informative session that delves into the complexities of adapting to sea level rise and the site-specific intricacies in Waikīkī. Participants can actively contribute to the dialogue through the Zoom chat and Q&A portion of the event, making it a collaborative effort to envision a sustainable future for Waikīkī amidst rising sea levels.

Architects attending the event will have the opportunity to earn 1.5 AIA HSW (Health, Safety, and Welfare) learning units, further enhancing their professional development.

For more information about the event, please see the below event flier, visit the project website, and register today!