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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
Oct 14, 2014

Report for Estudio Damgo II

Estudio Damgo 2 being put to good use

The pomp and excitement of the March 25, 2014 inauguration may still be remembered by the residents of Habitat 4 and the Core Shelter Housing Project in barangay Bajumpandan in Dumaguete City whenever they see the multipurpose building that was built over a span of over six months through the Estudio Damgo II project of Foundation University.
"It was a special moment," Juancho Gallarde, a village councilman, said. "Not everyday do we have a marching band parade through our roads with no less than the City Mayor in attendance," he added. 
The multi-purpose building, designed by the community in a series of consultations and built by community volunteers spearheaded by the graduating architecture students of Foundation University, is living up to its intention of being a place where the villagers could gather for any occasion.
"We are happy that finally, we have a beautiful place to gather for the purpose of socializing, holding community meetings, and seminars and celebrate important community milestones," Gallarde said.
Before Estudio Damgo II, community residents would gather in an open space, exposed to the heat of the sun or the cold drops of rain.
The multi-purpose building sits on government land, owned by the City of Dumaguete, which it gave permission for Foundation University to build on it. 
Built at a cost of Php 530,000 (roughly USD 11,000) through fund raising activities and donations from the Global Giving community, the building is being put to good use. 
"We hold village meetings and seminars in this building each week. We held an anti-drug abuse seminar just a few days ago," Gallarde said.
The project, though, is still incomplete, as a livelihood component for the villagers remains uninstalled.
The livelihood component was an aquaponics system, whereby residents could raise fish and grow vegetables, which would cost an additional P200,000.  
With the introduction of Estudio Damgo III, funds for the livelihood component for Estudio Damgo II may take much longer to raise.
But Gallarde said even the building alone is already a great help for their community. "Having a livelihood project would be a wonderful bonus!" he said.  (Alex Pal)
 

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