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Curt Sanburn

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.
Curt Sanburn: Caldwell’s Blue Streetlight Special Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Caldwell’s Blue Streetlight Special

Cautionary tales from California and New York, while astronomers convene in Honolulu to save the globe’s night skies.
Curt Sanburn: Garish Light Ahead for Honolulu Streets? Richard Wainscoat

Curt Sanburn: Garish Light Ahead for Honolulu Streets?

Despite concerns from some quarters, the city is moving ahead with plans to replace 50,000 streetlights with 4,000K LED lamps.
Curt Sanburn: Urban Archaeology of Honolulu, Part II Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Urban Archaeology of Honolulu, Part II

A quick tour through the highs and lows of post-World War II Honolulu planning.