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A DAtE with Disaster: Design Against the Elements 2011 Winner is Announced

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by Jennifer Shockley last modified Aug 24, 2011

DAtE is a global architectural competition meant to find solutions to the problems occurring due to climate change. “Climate change refers to the variation in the Earth’s global climate or regional climates over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. Changes may be driven by internal processes, external forces or, most recently, by human activities.” This is the third competition of its kind all originating in the Philippines with the winner being announced in early 2011.




 

 

In the architectural and design industries there are some really great results that come out of, unfortunately, natural disasters. Although these new designs will be beneficial in the future why do we wait for a catastrophic event before we design for what could happen? We do have to learn from the past, but is there any way possible to design for the future at the same time?

Typhoon Ketsana's aftermath

A competition that is geared toward answering the question of what could have been designed differently and better while taking into consideration tomorrow’s economy, trials and unforeseen misfortunes is the Design Against the Elements (DAtE) competition.

DAtE is a global architectural competition meant to find solutions to the problems occurring due to climate change.

“Climate change refers to the variation in the Earth’s global climate or regional climates over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. Changes may be driven by internal processes, external forces or, most recently, by human activities.”

This is the third competition of its kind all originating in the Philippines with the latest winner being announced in early 2011.

DAtE is a partnership of the City of Quezon City, Climate Change Commission, MyShelter Foundation, United Architects of the Philippines, and Philippine White Helmets. It is sponsored and media partnered with many organizations:  San Miguel Properties, DigiScript Philippines Inc., Bigtop Media Productions Inc., Sixdegrees, Red Media, FXBdesign, National Geographic, Arkitektura, Greek Architects, AR, NGN, and EcoSeed.

The first competition was in 1976 and it was called Manila-Tondo Foreshore International Architectural Competition. It was a competition to move 17,000 families and to consider their jobs, homes, lifestyles, and incomes. The winner was Ian Athfield from New Zealand.



 

 

 
 
 

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