Rebuilding Siargao: Community Center + Urban Interventions

Submission: July 27, 2022
Registration: July 27, 2022
Language: English
Location: Siargao, Philippines
Prizes: Please see the details below
Type: Open


December 16 2021, Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Typhoon Odette, made landfall in the Philippines. The storm was unexpectedly powerful, undergoing what is called “rapid intensification” the day before making landfall, which is becoming characteristic of tropical storms occurring in our warming climate. With winds of up to 195 km/h and gusts of 260 km/h, the storm was comparable to a category five hurricane when it hit.

The storm first made landfall in Siargao, an island known as a world’s surf capital. The typhoon collapsed buildings and power lines, uprooted palm trees, and worse. Nearly half a million people were displaced from their homes and more than 400 people died. It is estimated that around 90 to 95% of the island structures (mostly homes) were damaged.


It’s been months since super Typhoon Rai wiped out most of the island and unfortunately rehabilitation has been painfully slow.
Help from the Government and international organizations is not coming as fast as they need it and it is thanks to local organizations such as Lokal Lab that they are mobilizing different groups and gathering donations immediately.


The NGO Lokal Lab wants to build the island back and wants to build back stronger. For that, they are helping the population with several actions and this competition will work on two of them:

Project #1 will focus on the reconstruction of a new Burgo’s community center, known to them as Lokal Tabo. Their old one was completely destroyed by the typhoon and they are moving to a new location. The Lokal Tabo is a local community market that serves as a platform for local artisans, creators and producers to display and sell their goods without any fees and for the local community to easily access locally and naturally grown produce and plastic-free alternatives. It also works as a restaurant that serves traditional food and as a community/multipurpose space where Lokal Lab organizes seminars, classes, meetings and other events.

Project #2 will look for the regeneration of towns through small urban-rural design interventions. They want to rebuild towns using urban furniture, waiting sheds that can become temporary shelters, multipurpose structures, clean and safe public bathrooms, etc. You can propose any intervention you think can improve their daily life or can become a key infrastructure in a natural disaster event.


Any architecture student or professional architect can participate in REBUILDING SIARGAO, regardless of their nationality. Likewise, people from other disciplines can also participate, such as engineers, philosophers, sociologists, photographers, etc. It is not necessary to have an architect on the team, although it is recommended. Teams may be formed by a maximum of four (4) members and a minimum of one (1). All team members must be 18 years of age or older. The registration fee must be paid per team, regardless of the number of members (1-4 people). If a team or participant wants to participate with more than one proposal, it will be necessary to register twice (or as many times as proposals will be submitted), paying the full price corresponding to each registration. Under no circumstances may jurors, the organization or persons directly related to the jury participate in this competition.


Project #1 (Community Center) prizes:

1st place – 5.000€ + Project Construction
2nd place – 1.500€
3rd place – 500€
10x Honorable Mentions

Project #2 (Urban Interventions) prizes:

Winner 1 – 1000€ + Project Construction
Winner 2 – 1000€ + Project Construction
Winner 3 – 1000€ + Project Construction


April 14, 2022 – May 18, 2022: Early Registration Period
May 19, 2022 – June 15, 2022: Regular Registration Period
June 16, 2022 – July 6, 2022: Advanced Registration Period
July 7, 2022 – July 27, 2022: Late Registration Period
July 27, 2022: Submission Deadline
August 17, 2022: Winners Announced


>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<