Estudio Damgo II: A Filipino Design-Build Studio

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Senior architecture students at Foundation University get hands-on experience leading the design of a new multipurpose building for the flood survivors from typhoon Sendong.

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Over 1,000 people lost their homes due to massive flooding caused by typhoon Sendong in 2011. Many residents have been relocated to a nearby Barangay, in Bajumpandan. Estudio Damgo is working with two communities, Caritas I and Core Shelter, which were organized through partnerships with the city of Dumaguete. Today, nearly 250 homes have been constructed through relief fund efforts. These residents now need a place to re-build their livelihood, including; education and medical services.


Architecture students are designing and building a multipurpose building to meet the needs for the village farmers who are displaced flood survivors of the area. The facility will incorporate a system, called aquaponics, to help a 100-household community manage rainwater runoff and use it to grow fish and vegetables. The design of the building incorporates this innovative water management and agricultural system to support the livelihood and to unite the two communities.

Long-Term Impact

Estudio Damgo is a design-build program that seeks out a new project every year. Architecture students gain first-hand knowledge researching, designing, and building with local materials for communities in need. This experience will influence their careers, meanwhile, benefiting the local community through the provision of a well-designed structure that showcases cultural relevance, innovation, and sustainability.


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Organization Information

Foundation University

Location: Dumaguete, Negros Oriental - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Anna Koosmann
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Philippines

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