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Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Thinking Like An Island PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Thinking Like An Island

A new book of forward-looking essays underscores the revived Hawaiian worldview with which we all might sail into the future.
Curt Sanburn: Discovering Architectural Delights And A Sense Of Place In Pawaa © 2015, David Franzen Photography

Curt Sanburn: Discovering Architectural Delights And A Sense Of Place In Pawaa

An architectural tour of a few, tucked-away blocks of central Honolulu uncovers some of the best of mid-20th-century Modernism, Hawaii style.

Slideshow: Pawaa Architectural Tour — A Sense Of Place And Mid-Century Modernism

An architectural tour in central Honolulu uncovers striking examples of mid-20th-century Modernism, Hawaii style.
Curt Sanburn: Mayor Caldwell Retreats From LED Streetlight Plan Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Mayor Caldwell Retreats From LED Streetlight Plan

The mayor had planned to convert all 52,000 of Oahu's streetlights to LED lamps, but they were described as "eerie" and "weird" in areas where they were tested.
Curt Sanburn: A Walk Along Palolo Stream Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: A Walk Along Palolo Stream

How do we protect ourselves from floods? After years of community efforts to restore the stream, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers steps in.
Curt Sanburn: Saving an Old Honolulu House — and a Little History Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Saving an Old Honolulu House — and a Little History

In desirable Kaimuki, a young family gambles on and invests in the community's character.
Curt Sanburn: The Best New Building in Honolulu

Curt Sanburn: The Best New Building in Honolulu

When it comes to environmentally friendly functionality, the Rainbow Drive-In’s new multi-purpose roof structure does it all, and very simply.
Curt Sanburn: The Power and Glory of Hawaiian Place Names Kapulani Landgraf

Curt Sanburn: The Power and Glory of Hawaiian Place Names

Hawaiians named everyplace. Perhaps that's because knowing where you are, knowing the story of the place, makes it better. 
Curt Sanburn: Hughes’ Mauka-to-Makai Moves Into Kewalo Basin KewaloHarbor.com

Curt Sanburn: Hughes’ Mauka-to-Makai Moves Into Kewalo Basin

First, the Texas developer gets control of the public facility and rebrands it "Kewalo Harbor." Now it wants to redevelop the place as its own retail-heavy waterfront.
Curt Sanburn: Bringing Order to Design Chaos at UH Manoa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Bringing Order to Design Chaos at UH Manoa

Led by veteran sustainability advocate Steve Meder, the planners at University of Hawaii's main campus map out the 21st century.
Curt Sanburn: The Most Beautiful Church in the World Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: The Most Beautiful Church in the World

How a renowned Boston architect and a Honolulu pastor worked out their differences to create the Central Union Church — and Hawaii's own Colonial Revival masterpiece.
Curt Sanburn: What’s Behind All the New Blue Glass in Honolulu? Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: What’s Behind All the New Blue Glass in Honolulu?

“It’s an exciting time for glass technology,” says a 25-year veteran of island architecture.