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When Invasive Trees Become Beautiful Solutions

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About


When Invasive Trees Become Beautiful Solutions

The Albizia Project

The Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a very long global supply chain. The Albizia Project is exploring how we can shorten that chain to our own backyard.

Film produced for the 2nd Annual AIA I Look Up Film Challenge by Kaoru Lovett, Ronald Ribao, and Graham Hart 

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Prototype I


Prototype I

Prototype I


Prototype I

Lika (a1)

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We've built a full-scale prototype of a 400 sq ft unit in response to Hawai‘i's statewide housing crisis. Lika intersects passive design strategies with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) subtractive systems to form a structure that complements a tropical island environment. That's right, it is built almost entirely out of albizia wood!

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Why Albizia


Why Albizia

Why Albizia


Why Albizia

Albizia trees are a perfect example of the damage an invasive species can cause
— Trae Menard - Director of Forest Conservation, The Conservancy's Hawai‘i

Albizia is one of the fastest growing tree species in the world and has been spreading across the Hawaiian Islands for over a century.

It has caused a vast amount of damage to houses, roads, public infrastructure, is a major threat to native ecosystems. 

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