Strategies for Honolulu

Today mass tourism largely defines the way we travel. While visiting new parts of the world is easier and cheaper than ever, mass tourism has also homogenised once diverse territories and cities, contributing to a superficial understanding of their specific conditions and contexts. ‘Nanotourism’ offers a creative critique to the current environmental, social and economic downsides of mainstream tourism. Operating as a participatory, locally oriented, bottom-up alternative, our workshops propose site-specific projects that function as either actions or built structures that operate as temporary or permanent interventions in their respective communities. As a social tool it stimulates mutual interaction between provider and user through co-creation or the exchange of knowledge.

This year focuses on the research and development of nanotourism strategies in Honolulu, Hawaii, a context defined by a mix of indigenous and contemporary cultures, operating in an environment globally famous for its industry of mass tourism. In 2017 more than 9.1 million tourists were projected to visit Hawaii, with an expected rise to just over 9.5 million by 2020. The intensive two-week, research-design-build programme will focus on Kakaʻako, an emerging and vibrant 600-acre waterfront district in downtown Honolulu. Through hands-on collaboration with local institutions, we will develop strategies and projects that challenge the existing notion of tourism by creating hyper site-specific interventions in 1:1 scale.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required. Motivation letter is appreciated.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


Fees for this course will be announced at a later date.

Programme Head for AA
Aljoša Dekleva (b. 1972) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 he co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’.


Programme Head
Aljoša Dekleva

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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