DMCI Homes Applauds Visionary Archi Students in UP
DMCI Homes renewed ties with the academic community by extending support to the University of the Philippines-College of Architecture (UPCA) on the institution’s annual exhibition of students’ works in this year’s Haraya.
Haraya is Filipino for imagination, and the meaning is particularly apt because the event’s theme is “visionary” design. Event participants include thesis students from the college’s four programs--BS Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture. The objective throughout the school year was for students to forecast and produce projects of the kind of aesthetics and technology that will be available in the next two to three decades. Given that planning and building structures and spaces take some time, the challenge to be both prescient and applicable is not for simply futuristic interest; this means that the projects can actually be carried out if there is a requirement in the present.
Visitors were invited to the Haraya 2012; the list of activities include the event opening, the Parangal sa Mag-aaral, the Arki clinic, Arki talks delivered by career experts, book fair and product demonstrations. At the Arki clinic, DMCI Homes Gerardo Ramos, Senior Architect, and Jeanney Padrigo, Interior Designer--both UP graduates, joined some members of the UPCA faculty in conducting one-on-one professional advice sessions with members of the UP community who want to purchase, build, renovate, or decorate a home.
According to one of the event organizers, Trisha Cruz, sophomore BS Architecture student, “Haraya is one of the most enriching events in the college because it is the one closest to home – it actually showcases our works, our plates that we worked hardest on... Haraya goes on, I think, because every year we have to improve, and that’s not a bad thing. It shows that we’re dynamic, always evolving so that Haraya could be the best event to serve the students.”
Some of the award-winning thesis projects included studies for a recycling theme park in Payatas, an eco-furniture design studio, a concept resort for honeymooners, and a library conceptualized as a park. One of the key principles that guided the best students’ works this year, according to UPCA Dean Mary Ann Espina, is sustainability. Only a few years ago, as she recounted, maximum daylight, natural ventilation, and use of indigenous materials were regarded as novel features, but today they are considered basic requisites. According to Jan Venturanza, Marketing Manager of DMCI Homes, these “green” principles, before they were even called “green,” are being upheld by the company, which concerns itself with tropical and resort-inspired architecture.