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2020 PALA DESIGN CHALLENGE

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As COVID-19 affects various aspects of life, professionals worldwide are stepping up to bring forward solutions to address the issues brought by the pandemic. In the Philippines, one such issue is limited access to food produce as community quarantine impacts production and mobility across the country. 

In response to this, the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) initiated the landscape architectural design challenge to inspire Filipino households to optimize spaces they have at home to produce their own food. 

With the reality that many Filipino households do not always have the luxury of space, PALA challenged its members to design a food production unit with a space measuring 1 meter long, 1 meter wide and 2.5 meter high. In a week’s time, the “design challenge” produced a total of 12 solutions, each estimated to provide several kilograms of food products from that small space allocated. The entries showcase a diversity of creative approaches like the use of natural materials, use of modular, movable and adjustable elements, application of hydroponics, creation of multi-functional furniture and even incorporating fish, poultry and bees for added yield. All entries will be featured in a publication by PALA and a prototype will also be created from an entry to be selected by PALA’s partner contractors.

The design challenge demonstrates how current problems can bring out innovative and responsive design solutions from the landscape architects’ creative minds. By applying principles and techniques of landscape architecture, individuals and families in quarantine can maximize available spaces, however small, for food production. Such spaces are also a source of accessible recreation, encouraging physical activity, promoting mental wellness, and creating learning opportunities within the safety of our residences. As we continue facing this pandemic, PALA commits to contribute knowledge from the profession in coming up with solutions that will help address societal and environmental issues posed by COVID-19.

To know more about the details of the design challenge entries, you may browse it through the Facebook page of The Philippine Association of Landscape Architects.

1. KASVAA BY IAN REIMON BUYCO

 

 

This entry is entitled ‘KASVAA’. A finnish term that means ‘to grow, increase, rise and build up’. It has two [2] types of growing systems – Aquaponics and Hydroponics that can run and grow the food virtually on its own. 

2. KITCHEN TO GARDEN TO KITCHEN BY L. AR. SANDINO M. GUINTO AND JOSHUA M. GUINTO OF BAHAY TEKNIK

 

 

An edible landscape architecture garden design inspired by permaculture and appropriate technology that aims to provide food and recycle waste to resources. To create this habitat, the following key abiotic components must be present: healthy soil, clean water, enough light, and fresh air.

3. FOOD KAMBIYO MOBILE LANDSCAPE SYSTEM BY L. AR. BALBINO U. SANTOS 

 

 

An edible landscape architecture garden design inspired by permaculture and appropriate technology that aims to provide food and recycle waste to resources. To create this habitat, the following key abiotic components must be present: healthy soil, clean water, enough light, and fresh air.

4. STACKS BY L. AR. STEPHANIE MAXINE V. LEGASPI

 

 

Stacks is a plug and play system of interlocking cubes that can adapt to the available space. It can address the need to integrate nature with how we live or even eat.

5. G.I.Y. (GROW IT YOURSELF) COLUMN BY PGAA CREATIVE DESIGN

 

 

The proposed design concept is a mobile planter that is both a planter and a compost pit. Its movability allows the user to harvest all the produce from a single spot without having to move the planter itself by easily rotating the entire system. 

6. STRANDED BY TRIUNE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

 

 

The design is inspired by the DNA’s double helix which carries genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms. The idea is to create a design that binds all the associated modern farming practices that is also applicable indoors allowing consumers to access fresh locally grown and nutritional food all year round. 

7. QUAMALIG BY BY TRIUNE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

 

 

The Kamalig tower farm is designed with an integrated irrigation system and configured to maximize productive surface, with a total of 6 (six) square meters of productive surface area. The overall design is composed of a hydroponics system, hanging/ creeping potted plants and provisions for seedling trays and edible planting medium

8. PASIBULAN BY L. AR. VENCI VILAR FILOTEO AND L.AR. CINDERELLA MEDINA

 

 

The Pasibulan design inspiration is the traditional farming of the Filipinos with the levels of needs by considering the climatic and temperature condition. The Pasibulan planters were divided into 6 levels: level 1 is the lattice where creeping vegetables can be produced; levels 2, 3, and 4 cater to the leafy and small vegetables; level 5 is the area for root crops; and lastly, level 6 is a chicken coop that can fit up to 13 chicks. 

9. INDOOR HYBRID MODULAR AQUA/ HYDROPONIC SYSTEM BY L. AR. DYN FLORES OF TALYER DIBUHO

 

 

This concept incorporates vertical planting, bokashi composting, aquaponics and preparation and storage cabinets through a system of modules.

10. FOOD POD BY L. AR. CRISELDA BEATRIZ REYES OF TRIUNE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

 

 

This food producing system takes inspiration from the seedpod a carpel or pistil enclosing the seeds of a plant. The concept emphasizes the “potential from within”—an element that can help in food security within the confines of our homes. 

11. GRANJA DENTRO BY TRIUNE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

 

 

Granja’ means farm and ‘Dentro’ means indoor in the Spanish language. Indoor farming is important because of its ability to conserve natural resources such as water, land, and energy. 

12. FARM TO TABLE BY TRIUNE L. AR. LORIE JOY RAPI

 

 

It is conceptualized to be the next generation coffee table which has an integrated food growing system wherein the system will be accompanied by a phone app

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