Thomasians bag top award at International Architecture Competition on rebuilding Siargao

UST College of Architecture students Zion Enrico Licup, Janna Muriel Balasbas, Van Hexel Macalawa, and their mentor Ar. Juan Carlos Eugene Soler won the Urban Intervention category for the international architectural design competition “Rebuilding Siargao”, an international design competition aimed to rehabilitate the island. The winners were announced online last August 17, 2022.

The island of Siargao was devastated by Typhoon Odette, with international name Super Typhoon Rai, on December 16, 2021. With the intention to rehabilitate the island, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Lokal Lab, in partnership with Archstorming, conducts projects to build back the community, which includes the design competition. The said competition called for two separate proposals: the reconstruction of a local community center and an urban intervention that would regenerate the island’s rural towns. The winning competition entries will be constructed by the Lokal Lab.

The group of Licup proposed their winning entry “Timba at Tabo”, a communal laundry space, for the urban intervention project. It is a series of rainwater collection tanks that would address the sanitation needs of the community, particularly on laundry. It would address water problem supply due to groundwater saline intrusion and water contamination. Furthermore, the project would help provide clean water for proper hygiene and sanitation that are identified to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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