MANILA - Property developer Ortigas & Co. unveiled on Tuesday the names of the student finalists whose entry for disaster-resilient houses and schools topped a nationwide competition.
The "Build Forward" initiative, according to Ortigas & Co. in a press statement, attracted more than 100 entries from architecture students in different colleges and universities across the Philippines.
"Finalist selection proved rather tough because of the excellent quality of designs we received," said Joey Santos, general manager of the real estate division for Ortigas & Co.
Four of those shortlisted were students of the University of the Philippines. The University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of San Carlos, University of Northern Philippines, and University of the Assumption had one representative each.
"The future of architecture in the Philippines is looking bright, and so are the prospects for an ongoing campaign to Build Forward,” claimed Santos.
The nationwide competition, spearheaded by Ortigas & Co in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Habitat for Humanity Philippines, aims to lead the initiatives of climate adaptive structures in the country.
It was launched on January 28, more than two months after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country ravaged several cities in Visayas.
Three major factors were considered for choosing the finalists, namely: strength, feasibility, and innovation. The use of locally sourced and readily available materials was also encouraged.
The top designs will be reviewed by experts from U.S. and Canada-based engineering companies, and by experts in the Philippines.
The winning entry, to be announced in June, will be used by Habitat for Humanity Philippines in the construction of new houses in Yolanda-ravaged areas.