The city of Cagayan de Oro was proclaimed as one of the winners of the first Liveable Cities Design Challenge during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 15, in Pasay City. The competition highlights the best designs for disaster-resistant city government or evacuation centers and the development of areas surrounding a possible meeting venue for next year's hosting duties of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
Cagayan De Oro City's proposed "Oro Central" will primarily be a four-storey public school with 200 classrooms. It is a plan for a school that doubles as an evacuation center which also features green design. It will have laboratories, a multimedia library, parks, playgrounds, and multipurpose spaces. As its secondary purpose, the building will be the base of a network of evacuation centers, as well as the command center during disasters. Its parking lot will double as a space for mobile clinics, showers, standby rafts, and canine kennels.
A multipurpose hall will become an assembly area for responding government and non-government agencies, as well as a distribution area for evacuees.A sky garden will also be used as a distribution, assembly, and stacking area. Classrooms will become temporary shelters, and a green roof will be a debriefing and wellness area for evacuees. Oro Central also stood out for its green architectural elements such as natural lighting, natural ventilation, solar panels and a cistern for catching and storing rainwater. On top of it all, it's friendly to people with disabilities and is surrounded by wide sidewalks and bicycle lanes for the benefit of pedestrians.
The city's planning and proposal was judged according to adherence to architectural design principles, integration of concepts related to economic and social link aging and integration, ecological balance, physical or land use efficiency, disaster resiliency and financial viability.
Congratulations CDO and our fellow Kagay-anons!