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Malama Learning Center Competition

Sponsors: The Nature Conservancy and Kapolei High School; National Endowment for the Arts; Makai Village Partnerships; Grace Pacific Corp.

Type: International, open, one-stage

Budget: $4-6M

Registration fee: None

Awards: $50,000 (total) with $20,000 going to the winner and the rest divided among the other prize-winners at the jury’s discretion.


21 March 2003 - Registration begins

04 April -16 June 2003 - Response to written and/or E-Mailed questions

01 July 2003 - Deadline for submissions

25 July 2003 -Jurors complete review

August 2003 - Announcement of winners


• Billie Tsien, AIA (Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Architects)

• Patricia Patkau, AIA (Patkau & Patkau)

• Robert Mangurian, AIA (Studio Works)

• Stephen Meder, Arch D (Director, Environmental Systems Center, School of Architecture, University of Hawai`i)

• W.H. Raymond Yeh, AIA (Dean, School of Architecture, University of Hawai`i)

Design Challenge: To design a unique structure that advances conservation and celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai`i via the performing and visual arts. To reflect the modern era of computer-aided design, encourage a wide range of graphic responses, and minimize the use of resources, the competition will be conducted using digital processes (i.e. -- no boards required!).


In the new, master-planned City of Kapolei emerging on the western coast of O`ahu, Hawai`i, The Nature Conservancy and Kapolei High School/State of Hawai`i Department of Education are launching an ambitious program to design and build a dynamic "learning center". The Center will serve as a premier cultural gathering place for the 10-year-old e-City and as an innovative model for sustainable building design in Hawai`i.

Named the Malama Learning Center (malama: to take care of, to preserve), the vision is to create a "place-maker" building that will serve as a three-dimensional textbook and living laboratory that advances conservation and celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai`i through the performing and visual arts. It is a gathering place for the community where they learn to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and values of caring for the land and sea and be inspired

through the creative arts.

The Malama Learning Center will enrich the West O`ahu region by nurturing civic responsibility and cultural stewardship through opportunities that engage students of all ages in a multi-dimensional, inspirational learning environment.

The Malama Learning Center should not be viewed as a stand alone project, but rather as an integrated facility with the new Kapolei High School. The school provides a wide variety of existing spaces (e.g. classrooms, eating facilities, gathering areas, library, arts and sciences labs, etc.) which will supplement the programs of The Nature Conservancy. Similarly the proposed performing and visual arts uses in the Malama Learning Center will supplement the school's capabilities to provide educational opportunities in these subjects. Thus, many functions will be shared by both organizations, as well as other community groups.

Program: A building of approximately 20,000 square feet on three acres of land positioned as the gateway to an educational corridor to the new Kapolei High and Middle schools. The heart of the Malama Learning Center—an agora-like space— would accommodate a multitude of group functions. It will house exhibits about conservation activities and the visual arts. Classrooms will be divisible into smaller learning areas for meetings and workshops. A performance and lecture hall seating 300 and an outdoor amphitheater for larger performances will be gathering places for conservation and arts activities. The facility will also house studios for "artists and scientists in residence," practice rooms, a sterile laboratory, tools and supplies for fieldwork, administrative offices, a small kitchen, and restrooms. A native Hawaiian ethnobotanical garden and native plant nursery will be focal points of the landscaping, with areas where people can sit and enjoy the plants in ambient surroundings. Green, sustainable technology will be the running thread throughout the Malama Learning Center.

Submit all questions to:
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