On Monday, March 25, 2013 Foundation University hosted the blessing and inauguration of the new classroom in Malaunay, Valencia – the first project completed by Estudio Damgo senior architecture students. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by over one hundred community members and leaders from the Department of Education, local government and partner corporations.
First-time visitors complimented the project leaders (and new graduates!), Rick Gando and Von Jovi Biale, on their use of local materials to create an attractive, comfortable and durable classroom for the community’s youngest students. The final design incorporated local materials of bamboo, sak-sak, rammed earth and clay to complete the 434 square foot classroom and restroom for under $7,000 USD. The Department of Education is already considering opportunities for replicating the design in Negros Oriental and beyond. Foundation University hopes that other Filipino university architecture programs might also be inspired to add design-build to their course offerings as a win-win for student preparation and community design.
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