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These Affordable Bamboo Homes Can Be Assembled In Just 4 Hours

By Kristin Hunt

Could bamboo help solve Manila’s housing crisis? Earl Patrick Forlales believes it can. The 23-year-old Filipino architect recently won an international competition with his design for an affordable, eco-friendly housing project built on bamboo.

CUBO, as Forlales calls the concept, was the winning entry to the Cities for the Future Challenge. The contest seeks innovative solutions to rapid urbanization, climate change, and resource scarcity, awarding £50,000 (about $64,071) to the best idea. Forlales pocketed the prize money this year, which will help him begin construction next year.

“My ultimate dream? A Philippines with no slums,” he told Town & Country Philippines. “As for myself, I really just want to do something that would impact people's lives, and ideally that something would outlive me.”