It's of great honor to announce that TDS Architects has won again the BCI Asia FuturArc Prize for the 2019 Professional Category Merit Award. The team this time around is represented by Principal Architect Karl Frederick Taberdo, Micca Pimentel Rangasa, and Bryan Ibañez. The awarding ceremony will be held on June 14 at the Grand Hyatt Manila together with the awarding of the BCI Asia's Top Ten Architects and Developers in the Philippines.
FuturArc Prize is a yearly design competition by BCI Asia showcasing future green buildings through innovative and sustainable design solutions in response to the rapid urbanization issues being faced by Asian cities. This year's design brief, entitled Hyper-Density Asia, was to choose a patch of land within the ever-growing urban setting and design such community and show what it means to live within a highly dense city in Asia. May it be existing thriving communities or a newly developed district, the proposal must showcase sustainable design, urban ecosystem and lifestyle as a means of moving into the future of these highly populated and complex cities.
The team's design entry proposes to redevelop the existing urban community of Navotas, Metro Manila. Dubbed as the Fishing Capital of the Philippines, the Navotas Fish Port Complex has been a thriving urban setting and has already in place the economic activity for its populace. However, the ever-increasing urbanization of the community, like other dense urban districts in Metro Manila, has lead to uncontrolled and unsustainable growth and living conditions. The challenge in redeveloping this highly-dense urban community lies in creating a new masterplan wherein the respective land use zones contributes to and improves the existing economic activity, efficiently moves its populace within its core and interconnects with the neighboring districts and greater Metro Manila, and promotes ecologically sustainable design, urban process and ecosystems within its core.