Architecture students Timothy James Arambulo, Thomas Benjamin Intal and Michelle Anne Tanieca from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) bagged the bronze award at the 2020 Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Design Competition.
Their award-winning project is a Pasig river transport hub linked with a biking infrastructure called “Bayanihan: The Filipino Spirit of Unity Working Together to Achieve a Common Noble Purpose.”
The design includes a disinfection facility, automated ticketing system, food court, ferry headquarters and a hyperloop biking infrastructure to encourage alternative transportation within the city.
Based on the competition’s theme “Resilience by Design,” the team found an opportunity to keep mobility despite the current pandemic.
Arambulo wrote in TomasinoWeb: “The design aims to build resilient structures that connect us and improve our cities’ mobility to brace for the unpredictable nature of our natural environment.
“Our design keeps the river intact and makes it super accessible to all bike riders and commuters,” he added.
The design is also the better solution, they believe, than the planned PAREX (Pasig River Expressway) that they feel would ruin the look of the river.
The team member also expressed hope that Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno will consider their project.
Despite being physically apart, the group was able to collaborate well via Zoom meetings.