Low-cost "four hours" bamboo home earns top prize
A 23-year-old designer won a £ 50,000 prize after creating a low-cost bamboo building to cope with the crisis of the Philippine's poorest guards. Earl Patrick Forlales's plan only takes four hours to build and at £ 50 / sq. M. is extremely affordable. He told the BBC World Service: It's a functional home alone, but it's more than just a home. It is designed to turn Community waste into energy and other valuable resources. Forlales, who comes from Manila and studied science engineering, will use the prize money from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Cities for our future contest to begin work on CUBO's residences next year.
Manila has a population of 12 million people, of which four million live in poor slums. Approximately 2.5 million more workers are expected to reach the next three years – putting the rapidly growing city under tight leeway. Mr Forlales' CUBO Modular Houses will be used to accommodate new entrants before expanding into the slums in general.
The young designer was inspired by his grandfather's farm bamboo house – although his bamboo will be processed and laminated for a 10 times longer life cycle. The material is an environmentally friendly option since it releases 35% more oxygen than trees and can be collected annually without causing soil degradation. CUBO homes also have sloping roofs to catch rain water and stilts to keep floodwater. outside a plot of land in Manila for the first homes of the project and hopes that his plan can help other crowded cities. In theory, it is viable wherever bamboo grows – including Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and Latin America. He plans to raise funds for the project by selling plastic waste in factories.
CUBO started out as nothing more than an idea, designed at the same time
A 23-year-old from the Philippines has created an inexpensive, viable solution to his housing crisis.
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