Design Against The Elements

This is a visionary design competition aimed to develop a disaster-proof and sustainable housing complex for the less privileged specially those who are victims of typhoon Ondoy(Ketsana).

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Community, Housing, Public, Sustainability
Country Philippines
RegDeadline 24 September 2010 GoogleCal iCal
19 November 2010 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Architects and Students of architecture in their senior years and Graduates of an architecture degree


The project is concerned with creating sustainable solutions that will last generations and will be affordable as well as environmentally sound to build. This means going beyond the usual single-home planning process and talking into account the project's impact on the larger community and the various aspects of socialized housing and development.
Building typhoon-resistant housing is only one part of the solution. To be fully adaptable to climate change, communities should be ready and equipped to survive anticipated typhoons and flooding by becoming self-reliant and having the necessary facilities for post-disaster support. The submitted design is therefore expected to address all of the following tasks:
1. Develop a master plan for an urban community that can be applied to other similar urban sites.
2. Integrate development that addresses the sustainability of the community by understanding the local demographic, economic, social, and environmental attributes.

To be announced

First Prize: USD 10,000(category1: architects)/ USD 3,000(category 2: students and graduates)
Second Prize: USD 7,500(category1: architects)/ USD 2,000(category 2: students and graduates)
Special Prize(2): USD 3,500 each(category1: architects)/ USD 1,500 each(category 2: students and graduates)

Entry Fee
USD 30

3 boards(A1 size)

Submission Address
United Architects of the Philippines
53 Scout Rallos Street, Brgy. Laging Handa, Diliman,Quezon City

Judging: December 1-3, 2010
Announcement of Winners: December 8, 2010
Awarding(tentative): January 14, 2011

United Architects of the Philippines

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