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December 02, 2013

Italian Architect Wants Opportunity to Rebuild East Visayas with Green Technology



Arch. Romolo V. Nati, an Italian architect, has asked for the opportunity to craft plans to rebuild Leyte other parts of Eastern Visayas using green technology. The region was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. 

Nati, the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI), has a strong interest in green energy, design and technology. He told officials that he would work with local engineers who live in or near the affected areas to build storm-resistant urban centers using the latest green technologies.

If given the go ahead for the project ITPI will work with Constellation Energy Corp., (CEC).CEC has recently expanded its business expertise from green energy to the design and development of sustainable buildings using green technology. The company has several contracts with Italy’s  Department of Energy for geothermal, hydroelectric and wind projects.

ITPI’s plan includes proper flood zoning. It will also concentrate on living spaces built in higher areas. They will look into building them in areas that are 50 to 100 meters above sea level.

The project will also include a civil works component. Dikes, storm walls and drainage channels will facilitate storm water flow into the sea. Nati says, “For buildings, we can also adopt what I call the ‘Aikido strategy,’ that includes adopting features that minimize the opposition of strong winds and storm waters.”

The ‘Aikido strategy’ is based on a Japanese martial art. Students of Aikido do not oppose their attackers head on they instead flow with the motion of the attacker to redirect the force of the attack back upon their attacker. 

ITPI’s plans include perforated facades and inner courtyards. Both will minimize the damage done by storm surges and strong winds caused by storms.

“Buildings can also be designed to withstand extreme conditions by adopting hydrodynamic and aerodynamic shapes. Of course, building structures that are elevated from the ground will also help protect the building from flash floods during storms,” Nati explains.

Nati also says that for settlements along coastal areas buildings there will need load-bearing walls built perpendicular to the sea to help withstand tsunamis.

“Open room-to-room designs that minimize obstruction in the event of overpowering flow of water can also help,” Nati said.

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Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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