Bamboo house: easy to build, sustainable Cubo wins top prize

“AMAZON PINK DOLPHIN” 22/11/2018

Earl Forlales awarded £50,000 for trying to address chronic housing shortage in the Philippines

Twenty-three-year-old Earl Forlales was awarded the Cities of our Future prize for his use of low-cost, sustainable material, and the speed at which it could be constructed. Photograph: Handout

The creator of a house made of bamboo that can be put together in four hours to solve the chronic shortage of affordable accommodation in the Philippines has won a £50,000 top prize to develop cities for the future. Earl Forlales, 23, a graduate in material science engineering, took inspiration from the bamboo hut his grandparents lived in outside Manilla.

Forlales was awarded first prize by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) for his house, known as Cubo, for its use of low-cost, sustainable material, and the speed at which it could be constructed.

John Hughes, the competition head judge and Rics president, said: “The world’s cities are growing all the time and there is a real need to make sure they are safe, clean and comfortable places to live for future generations.

“There were many exciting, original designs among the submissions. However, Earl’s idea stood out for its simple yet well thought through solution to the world’s growing slum problem.

“As we look at our entrants, who are our next generation of leaders, I believe that real progress will be made in tackling the world’s biggest issues.”

Forlales’s house could be manufactured in a week, constructed in four hours and costs £60 per square metre. Its use of bamboo – which releases 35% more oxygen into the environment than trees – was praised by the judges. The ability of the houses to be constructed in any bamboo-producing area was one of the key attractions.

Forlales has already identified a suitable area of land to start building his Cubo houses. He plans to begin work next year with experts from the Rics in an attempt to help relieve the huge pressures on housing in Manila, where a third of the 12 million population live in slums.

He said: “This is a huge step forward to helping the people of Manila. The state of housing in the city is at crisis point, and will undoubtedly get worse with this new influx of workers.

“Cubo started as nothing more than an idea, conceived while spending time at my grandparent’s house – it is incredible to think that it now will become a reality.

“I would like to thank Rics for the opportunity to develop the idea, and look forward to working with them to put this money to good use in Manila, and then hopefully elsewhere around the world.”

The Cities for our Future competition launched in January 2018 aiming to find practical solutions to problems that the world’s cities face. There were more than 1,200 entries, which were narrowed down to 12 finalists, who were given a mentor from the Rics to help them develop their idea over several months. The final judging took place this month.


Earl Forlales hopes to start building his Cubo homes next year. Photograph: Handout

Dr Beth Taylor, a competition judge and the chair of the UK National Commission for Unesco, said: “One of the reasons Earl’s entry stood out from the other finalists was through its use of traditional, sustainable technologies and materials, to solve an issue facing modern cities across the world.”

Source: The Guardian

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras bamboo construction by Pieter Jan Brouwer


SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras bamboo construction by Pieter Jan Brouwer

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras bamboo construction by Bernardo Tipantiza & Pieter Jan Brouwer

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras bamboo construction by Bernardo Tipantiza & Pieter Jan Brouwer

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras Art & light Bamboo designs.

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras Art & light Bamboo designs.

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras Art & light Bamboo designs.

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras Art & light Bamboo designs

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