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Low-cost bamboo house wins international award for Manila designer

A 23-year-old designer from Manila has won a UK prize for a low-cost bamboo house that takes just four hours to construct.

Earl Patrick Forlales has pocketed £50,000 ($64,385) for his £50 per square metre building that could help tackle the the slum problem in the Philippines, and elsewhere.

Speaking to the BBC World Service today (Friday, November 23), he said: “It’s a functional home on its own, but it’s more than just a house. It’s designed to turn community waste into energy and other valuable resources.”

Mr Forlales, who studied material science engineering, will use the prize money from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ’Cities for our Future’ competition to start work on his CUBO housing units next year.

“Earl’s idea stood out for its simple, yet well thought through solution to the world’s growing slum problem.”

An estimated four million people live in Manila’s slums, with another 2.5 million more workers expected to arrive over the next three years.

Mr Forlales’ CUBO homes could be used to house the newcomers, before being rolled out across existing slum areas.

Inspired by grandparents’ bamboo house

The designer was inspired by his grandparent’s traditional bamboo house. In the case of the CUBO houses, the bamboo will be treated and laminated to last 10-times longer than usual.

Bamboo is an eco-friendly building material, as while growing it releases 35 per cent more oxygen than trees and can be harvested annually without causing soil degradation. Read more.

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8 hours ago, noddle said:

I wonder how they get the Bamboo to look like bricks in the picture above ?

I wonder how they supposedly built that structure in four hours. Maybe they built the whole structure off-site, and just moved it to the site to set it up, which of course, wouldn't be counting all of the prep work necessary to pull this off...

I also have to wonder how they can call this a house. It looks more like an apartment block with a central courtyard...

It almost looks like a pre-fabricated container building with a canopy. Then again, they certainly don't give away much in the article. Just a lot of "we did this" but not much on "how we did this."

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18 minutes ago, Headshot said:

I wonder how they supposedly built that structure in four hours. Maybe they built the whole structure off-site, and just moved it to the site to set it up, which of course, wouldn't be counting all of the prep work necessary to pull this off...

I also have to wonder how they can call this a house. It looks more like an apartment block with a central courtyard...

It almost looks like a pre-fabricated container building with a canopy. Then again, they certainly don't give away much in the article. Just a lot of "we did this" but not much on "how we did this."

It is pre-fabricated. Each unit takes a week to manufacture, and four hours to assemble on site.

The BBC version has captions for the photo's with a little more info 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46300790

 

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From the communal areas and sleeping area shown, this looks more like a hostel than a home. One has to wonder how long this would stay so pristine looking if it was in constant use by people coming into the city from rural areas. Since the slum areas of the cities have no sewage collection and treatment facilities, one has to wonder how something like this would fare over time.

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