Pinoy architect suggests Lego-type homes

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

WHILE President Benigno Aquino III already made pronouncement that the Philippines needed at least $3 billion (P132 billion) to rehabilitate the areas devastated by killer Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), an Filipino architect suggested a faster, more economical way of building houses for those affected by the super typhoon.

The Eastern Visayas region which was the worst hit by Yolanda needed an urgent solution for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of lives and houses of the affected population, said United Architects of the Philippines member Tony Vasquez.

Architect Topy Vasquez, said in a face-to-face interview with SunStar that the government needs to help in immediate building of houses for the affected population.

“Sense of urgency... houses that fits the needs nung mga titira... easy to build and homes that can be in mass production, ‘yan ang kailangan ngayon para sa mga nasalanta ng Yolanda,” Vasquez said.

Being an architect for more than 20 years, Vasquez thought of a home inspired by the brick toy system "Lego" where each cube may be combined together. Progressive in nature, it creates a variety of volume and mass as it evolves according to the individual need of its user.

Architect Tony Vasquez suggested that modular housing could be easily installed in typhoon-hit areas.

Using modular concrete boxes called the InstaHom TPP or the Temporary shelter, Progressive adaptability and Permanent houses, homes can be made typhoon-resilient and earthquake-proof, he said.

Instahom is an easy to install box-like house made of pure concrete with metal jalousie which will set as a window shutter in times of calamities.

“Hindi mo kailangan maghukay para i-install ang Instahom, ili-lift ng fork-lifter then parang ipapatong sa kung saan ‘yung gusting area. Parang ipi-pin down siya sa lupa. Sa earthquake, susunod lang sa paggalaw ng lupa ang Instahom, mag-slide lang ‘yan,” Vasquez said.

“A typical house can be built in a minimum of six months compared to the Instahom that can be installed in a month or two depending on the speedy production of concrete boxes,” he added.

InstaHom, Vasquez said, is a simple, cost-friendly, doable yet ingenious approach in rehabilitating the homes in the Yolanda-hit areas.

As of Sunday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Yolanda destroyed more than a million houses.

The disaster bureau also said that the cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture is already at P35 billion.

Yolanda also killed 6,057 individuals while 1,779 remain missing, the NDRRMC reported. (Sunnex)


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