A group of Filipino senior college students from the University of Santo Tomas - College of Architecture took home the bronze prize at an international architecture design competition. Architecture students Timothy James Arambulo, Thomas Benjamin Intal, and Michelle Anne Tanieca placed third during the 2020 Architects Regional Council Asia (Arcasia) Students’ Architectural Design Competition where students from 21 different countries participated in.
The goal of the competition for its 2020 edition is to have students "identify a public space in the neighborhood/city/local area... and to design, redesign, reinvent, recreate that place attempting to find resilience, keeping in mind this new normal situation post COVID-19 pandemic."
For the competition, the three UST students pitched their project “Bayanihan: The Filipino Spirit of Unity Working Together to Achieve a Common Noble Purpose,” a proposal which aims to find a solution to Metro Manila's transportation issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of their vision is the revival of the Pasig River as a transpo hub. The students' proposal included the addition of biking bridges made of polyethylene plastic pontoons, a hyperloop biking infrastructure that is connected to the ferry network, terminal areas and a food court with enough room to implement social distancing protocols, as well as desginated disinfection zones and a non-contact ticketing system that aims to reduce the transmission of the virus. The layout also showed how the proposed project aims to connect Metro Manila cities, including Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig, Marikina, and Quezon City.
Together with Team Philippines, teams from Bangladesh and Indonesia also tied for bronze, students from Vietnam bagged silver, while another team from Indonesia took home the gold.