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Natalie, Elyse, Chris, Kawika

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Natalie, Elyse, Chris, Kawika

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Landscape Architecture. Landscape and Architecture. Natural and Built. When asked to blend these two in professional practice, one typically softens, enhances, or detracts from the other.  The two are used as a duo, a dichotomy - rarely, if ever, are the two one and the same. For this year’s Re-Lei, we wanted to explore whether we could really merge the two. First, we decided to create a lei po’o (head lei) which we chose over a typical lei for its inherent structure which we more closely connected to architecture. We then found materials around our offices (sketches on trace, coffee creamer cups, electrical wires) and also kept the color palette almost monochromatic. Finally, we attempted to take all of the “architecture” and create something that historically would have come from the landscape. To do this, we turned to the traditional wili (to wind) style of lei making, using natural rafia to hold together the paper, plastic, and copper.  The result is intended to be a playful interpretation of landscape-architecture.

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