Is the albizia tree a destructive force disrupting native ecosystems and communities in Hawaii, or the material that can awaken new paradigms through thoughtful design? PARADIGM NOW dives into the journey undertaken by Joseph Valenti, founder of the Albizia Project. In pioneering the housing prototype named Lika, Valenti has raised the curtain for sourcing local timber, restoring ecosystems, and designing for future island resilience.
Rob is a visual storyteller from Oʻahu Hawaiʻi. Through filmmaking his work explores themes of sustainability, Hawaiian culture, place-based knowledge, and how art and design can shift mindsets.