Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Posted on September 16, 2014 from Dumaguete News reports that the community residents at Core Shelter gathered to discuss some of the latest and "hottest" topics on violence against woman and children. The Department of Social Welfare Development organized the discussions at the Multipurpose Hall. It's great to see how the Estudio Damgo building is serving its purpose as a platform to access and exchange information. Change can happen when dreams are realized and the right structure is put in place to facilitate a meeting of the minds.
Friday, May 9, 2014
It's been over a month since the ribbon cutting ceremony and graduation. The final photos are taken during my last visit to check over remaining punch-list items and follow up with Core Shelter residents before returning to the States. It is humbling to approach the neighborhood and find residents gathered around the front steps playing and cooling off in the shade. I've heard comments from neighbors how proud they are of the new building, and it is evident in only one month, there have been home improvements made within the community. This is a positive sign that Core Shelter will take care of the building which will hopefully lend to positive social improvements in the area. The building will be officially used by the community at the end of May 2014, for two, full-day training seminars with the social worker. - Photos Courtesy of Hersley-Ven Casero
Read the latest news from Dumaguete's local paper Metropost, A Tale of 2 Buildings.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
It’s been only 10 months since Estudio Damgo sat with the community for the first time to develop the plans for a dream to gather, access medical services, training programs, and hold meetings. Today, over 100 households have a place for a variety of needs where they will be sheltered from the hot sun and rain, and able to stay cool and breezy because of the design and materials.
Estudio Damgo is thankful to the countless supporters, donors, consultants and volunteers that made it possible to realize this dream. The most notable material donations were 160 Kawayan Tanik bamboo poles by Herbie Theodoro of Bambusa Callabo. We were able to utilize the interlocking clay bricks donated by Counselor DanDan Teves. Core Shelter donated 27 ceramic tiles, symbolizing 27 weeks of construction.
Estudio Damgo thanks Foundation University’s Staff who manage the behind the scenes production. To Foundation University worker’s skills and labor to put all these materials together and build this dream. To the Dauin Farm for all your training and assistance in bamboo. To our foreign donors and Global Giving which has funded a large chunk of the material costs. To 34 participating artists and 7-venues from the ARTWalk:Art for a Cause fundraiser last November, for sharing your art and spaces for this cause and to the patrons for supporting the local arts for a community. To 7-bands, 4 dance troupes, and sound by putting forth your talents at the Benefit Concert. And to those who helped organize the Benefit Concert last December. To all the Deans of the departments for putting forth department funds towards construction costs. To the Creative Department for the promotional video and countless pictures during the entire project. To the departments of Architecture, Agriculture, Industrial Engineering, Political Science Society and Entheos for your consultation, support, during the design phase and volunteering during construction.
To loved ones, friends, and family who found ways to encourage us throughout the year and follow our progress on facebook and the blog. To all our partners: this building is truly built for the community by the community and led by three Estudio Damgo student leaders: Rhea Mae Dicen, Leigh Margareth Lagrimas, and Daryl Suasin.
An applause for all the long hours and hard work from countless individuals involved at every level and dedication to seeing the project through its completion and to Realizing a Collective Dream.
“The power of design is to make things concrete – to make the abstract tangible”.
- Bjarke Ingels of BIG
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wrapping it all up. Week 27 marks the final week before graduation. Finishes are major priority: bamboo structure is getting the final clear coat, black enamel paint finish at metal frames, and finish paint at the concrete walls. Electrical is being installed. Plumbing fixtures are finally in and CR tiles are grouted. It's getting there. Students are happy to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
Afternoon, western light casts down on the site. The roof is finally done.
Folding doors are almost fully installed.
All the materials are getting their final coat of finish. Here a worker is putting a clear finish on the bamboo structure.
Rhea demonstrates the sliding door.
The other donated tiles have been randomly grouted to the interior of the CR. The arrangement makes for a playful interior.
Daryl and Leigh saw cut a bamboo pendant light fixture.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
This is the final push for the fifth year architecture students to complete the multipurpose hall in time for graduation, just two weeks away. The students are feeling the pressure and are working overtime 7-days a week and into the late hours. Over the past month, most of the work has been finishing the bamboo structure, which is finally 100% installed. Now, the galvanized iron (GI) roof is being fastened to the structure with an "amakon" underlay that will insulate the interior from the heat given off by the roof. Other major work is fabricating the folding bamboo doors at the North Shop. We finally have doors ready for install at the site. Ongoing work includes laying the clay tile floor, tying ratan or "uway" around the bamboo joints, and bending metal roof gutters and installing fascia board. The unfinished work list is extensive, but we're expecting to have the major construction work complete for the ribbon cutting ceremony planned for March 25, 2014. No doubt there will be work to finish after the ribbon cutting, but the community will soon be able to use the building. Better to be slightly behind schedule, than hasting to make waste.
Foundation University's Dean of Agriculture and his student take down the bunkhouse.
Three workers install the fascia board.
A worker takes a brief break, leaning against the bamboo purlins, while waiting to install the next fascia board.
At the North Shop, first year architecture students help out with the folding doors sanding the wood trim.
Students clean the bamboo strips by cutting off the rough nodes. The strips are woven as a screen for the doors.