When many of us think of the Philippines, we see a tropical island paradise, complete with palm trees and clear, other-worldly blue waters. But like many natural havens, the environment is quickly deteriorating, and many of its natural wonders are in danger. In addition to natural disasters, high human activity is causing the loss of agricultural lands, deforestation, soil erosion, air and water pollution, improper disposal of solid and toxic wastes, loss of coral reefs, mismanagement and abuse of coastal resources, and overfishing.
It can be hard to justify being a tourist in a place like this, where you know your participation adds to the degradation. But one architect is on a mission to turn tourism – the area's largest economy – into a vehicle for environmental restoration and conservation.
Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled a proposal for a new eco-resort preserving ecology in the Philippines while respecting the area's unique ecosystems. Perched on the edge of a gorgeous cove, the imaginative resort, called Nautilus Eco-Resort, takes an approach of building that is in direct response to the environmental degradation the area is facing.