Mapua emerges number 1 in 2019 Young Builders Design Challenge

Mapúa University’s School of Architecture’s senior students, Dexter Pangan, Czarrina Hernandez, Kendrick Supnet and Erik Joshua Isip won Holcim’s sustainable design contest hailed as 2019 Young Builders Design Challenge, winning over 13 other entries from 8 different schools, bringing home P80,000 prize and P20,000 for their school. The team won with a proposal for building spacious and cost-efficient public schools that are more conducive for learning.

The proposal was named Haraya: A New Typology for K-12 Schools, which proposes a playful school layout to enhance learners’ experience though active social interaction. The proposed project also aims to reduce construction and maintenance costs through by using
renewable local materials.

“We realize that schools’ design lack some elements that would make it more conducive for learning and encouraging students’ imagination. We believe that by creating better facilities, we can provide better education for students. I am so happy that our team got this opportunity to share our ideas through this competition. I consider our win as a wake-up call for future builders on how important it is to focus on sustainable construction, as well as in promoting education,” Supnet said.

Meanwhile, juniors Marc Joseph Espino and Cheaster Marie Seville of University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Architecture won second place with a proposal for a modular and lightweight concrete house that is highly replicable and can easily adapt to the changing needs of the urban poor.

Ben John Basco, Christian Barrameda, and Paulo Piolino of Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology-College of Architecture and Fine Arts (EARIST-CAFA), received third place for a prototype coastal community center that would act as a base of operations for evacuation during storm surges. Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications, Cara Ramirez, commended the winners and all the participants for the outstanding design concepts the contest received from across the country.

“Sustainability has never been more imperative than now. It is important to instill this mindset to our future builders during their formative stage. We are glad to receive remarkable ideas from our future builders through this competition,” stated Ramirez.

Holcim President and CEO John Stull also noted that “these proposals inspire us to continue advocating sustainable construction among our next generation of builders. The YBC is a testament that our young builders are capable of generating ideas that can benefit our society, leading to a more sustainable future.”

Inspired by the “Next Generation” category of the global design contest, LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Young Builders Challenge aims to encourage aspiring builders to have a more holistic approach to building encouraging them to ensure projects not just economically viable but also environmentally and socially beneficial.

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