An interior brick-wall is now in jeopardy in Hawaii, after it was revealed by a local newspaper.
Hulu is now planning to remove all interior brick walls in Honolulu.
It will be the first project to remove exterior brick walls since the construction of the state’s largest freeway in 1991.
“I’ve seen many people walk past a brick wall,” said Honolulu architect Jim Larkin.
“That’s not the kind of wall that will be a safety barrier to our community.”
The project is part of a nationwide trend of interior brick building that’s being spearheaded by developers and developers who are concerned about the potential impacts of climate change.
It’s not only the Honolulu project that’s drawing ire.
Another Hawaiian project called Kamaole, a project designed to keep the streets in a pristine state, is being pushed for approval.
The idea of an interior brick design that’s safe for our community is not new.
The first brick wall in Hawaii was built by architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1882.
“You have this natural barrier between our homes and our homes, and we don’t want people walking into our homes,” said Larkin, who is also a former commissioner of Honolulu’s Department of Public Works.
“We have no reason to think that these walls are going to be any safer for our communities.”
In an email, the Honolulu Department of Housing and Community Development said the city is committed to providing affordable housing, but that its goals are to create a healthy environment for all.
The Honolulu project is slated to be completed by the end of 2019, and could be completed in 2021.
“It’s important for us to remember that a brick is a brick,” Larkin said.
“I’m a big believer in the bricks as an art form.
They’re not going to do anything for us, they’re not gonna protect us.”
The state’s Department for Housing and Urban Development issued a statement calling for a review of the Honolulu plan.
“While there is no doubt that some brick walls, especially those in neighborhoods with a history of housing violence, are necessary to maintain a livable environment, we have to remember, too, that brick walls do not create safety barriers for residents of Honolulu, and in fact, many brick walls have been found to have increased the risk of homicide,” the statement said.