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Mar 17, 2015

Estudio Damgo III -Progress Report

tying with conveyor
tying with conveyor

            The Marine Sanctuary Center is now in its final month of construction. Student Leaders and the workers have been working very hard in order to catch up with the schedule and have been working late everyday ‘til 8pm.  The major task that the team was able to accomplished in the month of February and the first week of March were  louvers, the ceiling frames, second floor frames interior furniture, comfort room walls (mushroom column), flooring and tying all the connections.

            The structure has many connections, but the team enthusiastically tied all of them with both nylon and conveyor straps. These two materials are known and have been proven to last longer in water than the conventional bamboo binder material, known as rattan. The cut bamboo poles used were inserted with circular shaped wood dowels that were filled with epoxy in order to strengthen the joints, then tied with nylon. For the exterior frames, the binder used was the conveyor straps –conveyor is a part of the interior of a tire. The corner joints were not just tied but were intricately weaved which adds to genuine and aesthetic value of the building.

            The team initially conceptualized that the material for the louvers would be a laminated amakan (woven bamboo). But when they fabricated a sample, it didn’t turned out well. Since that didn’t worked, the team decided to go with wood as the material for the louvers. That decision was able to save us time, energy and money.

            The comfort room walls are circular acting as a structural element supporting the second level and made of bamboo poles. The ceiling frames and the second floor frames were two of the more complex elements in the design since patterned after the leaves of the traveler’s palm. Workers and students measured and laid out every single element just to achieve the desired pattern. The flooring of the structure is designed as a movable floor, this is to enable the end user to easily replace the barrels whenever needed.

           It’s good to know that we are almost at the finish line!

Facade Louvers
Facade Louvers
transporting the modules
transporting the modules
nailing the wood planks
nailing the wood planks
Beneficiaries helping the team unload the frames
Beneficiaries helping the team unload the frames
Dec 31, 2014

Estudio Damgo II Progress Report

Multipurpose Hall Exterior
Multipurpose Hall Exterior

Pleased to share Arch't Ann Panopio's perspective on the Multipurpose Hall and humbled to know she took time out from a family holiday to travel during inclement weather. Thank you for visiting and sharing Ann!

The following is what she shared to facebook:

 

How's this for irony? While visiting a disaster recovery related project in Dumagete City, Negros, Philippines, my cousins and i were stranded on that island for 30 hours because of Tropical Storm Queenie. Thanks to Anna L Koosmann, who told me about Estudio Damgo, allow me to recount the lemonade glasses from this lemon of a situation.

Estudio Damgo is a design-build studio at Foundation University in Negros. From what I understand, this is the first design build, community based studio in the country. Victor Sinco and Zorich Guia were generous enough to spend sometime discussing how the studio is a break from the traditional pedagogy, which tends to be more technical. I also found it interesting the Victor mentioned that a few people with whom he has discussed this program seem bemused by why resources and intellectual capital is being spent on "the poor". This doesn't surprise me, Philippines' sociopolitical structure isn't unique but the systematic inequality is certainly more pronounced than in the US.

The most recently completed project is the Panaghuisa project, which is a multipurpose building in a settlement for Typhoon Sendong survivors. The students chose to work with this community after learning about the need for a shared common space to house meetings, classes and medical services. The structure and landscaping also will allow for an aquaponic system to help manage rainwater runoff and to grow fish and vegetables. Visiting was a great opportunity for me to see what community engagement in a disaster recovery situation can look like within a context that is both familiar and completely foreign to me.

For more information, check out http://www.akoosmann.blogspot.com

 

*Ann Panopio lives and works in Houston, Texas US at bcWorkshop.  She was traveling through Dumaguete during an overseas family holiday visit in the Philippines, November 2014, and 7 months Multipurpose Hall post occupancy.

Multipurpose Hall Interior
Multipurpose Hall Interior
Tropical Depression Queenie
Tropical Depression Queenie
Dec 30, 2014

ESTUDIO DAMGO III PROGRESS REPORT

The student-leaders prepared the bamboos at Talay
The student-leaders prepared the bamboos at Talay

Last November 2014, the team started working on their project by preparing all necessary materials for the project. We also held a workshop conducted by some bamboo experts for the students to learn how to deal with bamboo and the use of different equipment in a safe way. 

It was a bit of a challenge in gathering all bamboo due to the sheer amountbut the team was able to cope with it and meet the required numbernecessary. The student-leaders cut, cleaned and treated the bamboo and wood at Talay, Dumaguete City. There were also volunteers who generously supported the team by giving their time and assistance.

The treated materials were then brought to Foundation University’s North Campus to begin the fabrication of the various parts of the structure. The team was divided into two, some of us worked in Talay to finish treating the bamboowhile others were assigned to the workshop at the North Campus of Foundation University. The seniors along with the school workers realized the complexity of the task but were consistently working together for the completion of the project. Currently, the platform modules are still under construction, two out of the four are completed.

On the 12th of December 2014, Estudio Damgo received an email from Yeon Ju Cho, recognizing its success in making it to the first screening in the World Bamboo Design Competition. There were a lot of entries and fortunately, the project was selected as one of the best. An online voting was conducted for the second screening but the results are not yet given.

The team had a series of conversations and conference calls with their Seaflex partner. The company shared their knowledge with us regarding how to best install the anchoring system to the seabed. The students submitted the required information and gave their input to come up with the most ideal connection for the project. Sea flex in Sweden is very excited and is considering having us featured with The Marine Sanctuary Center in one of the upcoming issues of Marina World Magazine.

There were two benefit concerts held last November 28, one at Foundation University Main Campus and another on December 12 at Hayahay Treehouse Bar. The Belltower Project, consisting of various local artists shared their talents for free. The modest money raised will be used toward the cost of the project and in realizing the floating structure.

Fabrication of platform modules at FU North Campus
Fabrication of platform modules at FU North Campus

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