On Business World: Calamities influencing design

From Business World: 29 August 2013

 In a world that is constantly being plagued by natural calamities, ITPI proposes natural design solutions to come up with shelters that resist Mother Nature’s fury.

ITALPINAS Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI) cited the need for “construction of houses and buildings that can… withstand typhoons, floods and other calamities due to climate change.”

Italian architect Romolo V. Nati, ITPI’s executive chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement that his company’s “Philippine coral-inspired” designs are intended partly “to encourage Filipinos to build typhoon- and flood-resistant shelters in the aftermath of destructive tropical storm Maring.”

As of least 25 people died and P668.95 million worth of infrastructure and crops in Luzon were damaged or destroyed by floods and rains spawned by storm Maring (international name: Trami) last week.

ITPI’s design bagged the “Special Energy Award,” besting 200 entries from 50 countries, in the Design Against the Elements (DAtE) global competition in 2011, according to the statement.

Titled “Coral City,” ITPI’s design features “integration of renewable energy production and architecture.”


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