Multi-level Prefabricated Greenhouse Hydroponics Integrated to a Medium-rise Housing Facility

Multi-level Prefabricated Greenhouse Hydroponics Integrated to a Medium-rise Housing Facility

$50,000 - $100,000
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Urban Sprawl and Limited Land
A rapid decrease in agricultural land leading to the doubling of imports (shipping) is a recent concern in the Philippines. Less opportunities in rural agriculture led to urban migration, therefore increasing the demand for food. Metro Manila itself is estimated to need an addition of approximately 163,400 ten-tonne truckloads to feed its inhabitants in 2010. This entails additional transportation costs and more fuel demand which adversely impacts the environment. The need for new regenerative food source/s and a stable income source to sustain urban communities is rising. Food and livelihood should therefore be closer to shelter.

The project addresses the Philippines' need to reduce its ecological footprint by making occupied urban land more productive.

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The project basically touches the everyday lives of the potential users. They live just beside their food source and places of work and livelihood. This will give a great opportunity for the users to save more money from food and transportation. Environmental impacts, especially to the land are greatly lessened due to the lessening of the built-footprint of the building, and even multiplies the productivity of the land occupied up to 8 times, with regards to residential occupancy and agricultural production.

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Building Features Regenerative & Renewable systems. An ecological building works better in a small scale. A small development or system is more likely to be stable and regenerative, and allows for easier urban integration. Regeneration of resources by and within the building are achieved through considerations of lessening the energy impact in terms of labor, and transport, and by applying green sustainable systems. Also, regenerative, renewable and recyclable materials such as bamboo were taken in to consideration. Water and energy harvesting systems strategically located in the building were also geared towards this sustainable system. Food regeneration. It is a self-sustaining community that produces vegetables and supplies the vicinity through the utilization of a simple hydroponics system. Vegetables products are provided from a more reliable source due to its year round consistent, fast-paced field harvest with a production rate 5 times that of ordinary farming. Light industry and commerce. It creates a platform that facilitates its own construction from delivery to fabrication to installation of local materials sourced from nearby areas. It may also serve as a one-stop source of processed and fabricated materials for construction for other structures nearby A sense of community. It organizes the elements of a typical Filipino cluster village in a compact, vertical layout. Limiting the building footprint, more landscape can be used for vegetation, trees and greeneries, which could serve as a more natural area for interaction for the community.
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Life is hard in the Philippines, and made even harder with people living an unsustainable lifestyle of corruption, lack of consideration for the environment, for their countrymen, for their country, and its future.. and many more. Architect Nicolo del Castillo together with his former students Darlene Aguilar and Benjamin Casono formed a team to give profound architectural solutions which could make a big impact toward sustainable urban housing.

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Evolution and development of materials will be a major factor in the design of the building. The project, which utilizes significantly lesser steel than any typical medium-rise building, through the use of an alternative which is bamboo, is therefore geared towards a more sustainable system and design of construction, and in the long run, improving the lives of the users, as well as everyone else, indirectly involved.

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Design, Technology, Technical assistance, Labor, Water, Infrastructure, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Urban development, Rural development, Citizen/community participation, Public policy.

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