On Business Mirror: Green Architect Bats for Typhoon-Adaptable Shelters

From Business Mirror: 1 September 2013

Green Architect Bats for Typhoon-Adaptable Shelters

From biology to technology: ITPI gets inspiration from coral cells

On the aftermath of Typhoon Maring, ITPI introduces nature-inspired designs that can encourage Filipinos to build typhoon-and-flood resistant shelters. 

A FILIPINO-ITALIAN company advocating green architecture has proposed the construction of houses and buildings that can quickly adapt and withstand typhoons, floods and other calamities due to climate change.Italian architect Romolo V. Nati, executive chairman and CEO of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI), has introduced his Philippine coral-inspired designs to encourage Filipinos to build typhoon-and flood-resistant shelters in the aftermath of destructive Typhoon Maring.“Our role model is nature and its ability to solve problems and adapt to changes,” Nati said of his design that is based on the Voronoi Diagram, a mathematical way of dividing space into regions or cells, a characteristic present in the structures of corals.

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