/ 9 January 2021

A GROUP of fourth year students from the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas recently bagged the Bronze Awards in the Arcasia Students’ Architectural Design Competition 2020.

Timothy James Arambulo, Thomas Benjamin Intal, and Michelle Anne Tanieca submitted their proposed project entitled “Bayanihan: The Filipino Spirit of Unity Working Together to Achieve a Common Noble Purpose”, a transportation hub and series of urban spaces linked with biking infrastructure along the Pasig River in Manila.

“This project aimed to encourage cycling and support for the ferry systems as alternative means of transportation in the city. This is achieved with creative designs and innovative technology to provide playful architecture and public spaces,” the group said.

Architecture students from Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries participated in the competition.

The contest, with the theme “Resilience by Design”, called for proposals that will address the social inequities highlighted by the Covid19 pandemic.

Arcasia, which stands for Architects Regional Council Asia, consists of the presidents of National Institutes of Architects in Asia which has 18 member countries.