March 4, 2016, 1:25a.m. – ARCHITECTURE students from UST bagged the first and third prizes in a competition for the “best design solutions” to help remove the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from the list of the world’s worst airports.

The winning design, by Thomasian Anarose Libang and Elaine Salufrania of Far Eastern University, took almost a month of conceptualization. Their design strategies included improved road networks and public transportation through railway connections.

“We focused on masterplanning and our concept was directed toward enhancing user experience,” she told the Varsitarian. “We wanted to showcase the diversity of culture and ecological wonders of the Philippines through experiential spaces and architectural design.”

Another group of Thomasians composed of Jayson Lloyd de la Cruz, Stefan Ryan Delfin and Andrew Rebuldela won third prize, while Patrick Lawrence Monfort of the University of the Philippines-Diliman placed second. 

The competition was organized by ALTERCHITECTURE, an annual architectural design competition that aims to “change perspectives on the development of infrastructure through progressive design and sustainable architectural innovation.”

The winners were announced last Feb. 27 at UP Diliman. Kathryn Jedi V. Baylon


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