Filipino architecture students are called to put their “green ideas” front and center as the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) invites them and designers across the Asian region to join this year’s “International Tropical Architecture Design Competition.”
In cooperation with the Singapore Institute of Architects and Singapore Green Building Council, the competition is being mounted on its third year. With the theme “Our Urban Green Home,” the contest is looking for the best green home designs for a metropolitan city, which can adapt to the region’s tropical climate, such as that of the Philippines.
“The competition aims to nurture future architects and leaders in tropical green building designs and to promote awareness of the need for sustainable living in the region. Due to rapid population growth and climate change, Asia faces looming urban and environmental changes,” Koh Lin Ji, group director of International Development Group, BCA, said.
“With this competition, we want to encourage young architects and designers to start thinking and designing from a sustainable standpoint, and this also applies to young and upcoming Filipinos who are concerned about the impact on building designs and safety arising from natural calamities,” he added.
Participants from different universities and colleges worldwide should be prepared to defend the feasibility of their designs in a surrounding tropical environment and landscape.
Concept of a green home design should be practical and feasible to be a residential building spending only the resources present today. The engineering feasibility of the designs should be presented and a green benchmark of choice, like the BCA Green Mark Scheme) must validate its sustainable design concept.
Host country Singapore is targeting to make 80 percent of their buildings green by 2030.
BCA is accepting entries with requirements before proceeding to the proposal of conceptual designs to be submitted until July 31. Details on registration and submission, can be found at www.bca.gov.sg.