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Since the United Nations released its sustainable development agenda for 2030, many countries have begun implementing programs in aid of attaining its Sustainable Development Goals. One of the SDG goals include the advocacy of a sustainable curriculum for students and the building of environment-friendly learning institutions also termed Green Schools. In the Philippines, the design of most school buildings remained traditional. It is believed that the sluggish development in modernizing educational institutions is due to the lack of knowledge about the influence of the school environment on the academic performance and overall wellbeing of its students. There is a need to promote the Green School concept in spite of educational institutions' efforts in crafting its own standards of a sustainable school.
The goal of this research is to determine how the physical learning environment can be improved using the Green School concept and also to measure the learning environment’s effect on the wellbeing of students. Using Saint Louis University – Dr. Otto Hahn Building as a case study, assessment was done using a Green Building Checklist, EDGE Green Building Tool, and the Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire survey. The results showed that Dr. Otto Hahn Building met the water and material saving standards but still needs to increase its overall energy efficiency to qualify as an EDGE Certified Building. On the students’ subjective wellbeing, survey revealed that majority of the 555 respondents rated Average only in subjective wellbeing but this may be improved with the development of a more responsive school wellness program and as literature indicated, the application of green building principles in the upgrading of the school learning environment.

This study explores strategies to meet the growing demand for a football stadium in Antipolo, Rizal, located in Eastern Luzon, Philippines. With a focus on accommodating both current and future requirements of players and fans, the research delves into various aspects such as design, capacity, infrastructure, and community engagement. Emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between the stadium and its surrounding site, the study seeks to establish a harmonious integration of function and identity. Focusing on the challenging hilly terrain of Antipolo City, the study explores innovative stadium design principles, by skill-fully integrating topographical features. The research aims to create a harmonious blend between the stadium's functional requirements and the natural landscape. The proposed design not only caters to football enthusiasts in Eastern Luzon but also offers a template for architectural solutions that respect and enhance the environment. By embracing the unique hilly terrain of Antipolo City, the study demonstrates how innovative stadium design can seamlessly accommodate sporting demands while contributing positively to the local identity, economy, and a vibrant football culture for the Philippines.

The Philippines is a country that is heavily reliant upon the fishing industry with it being one of the major sources of livelihood for many Filipinos and a major contributor to the country's food security. It is one of the top producers globally in both capture fisheries and aquaculture production. However, the fishing sector holds a record of 20- 40% post-harvest loss annually. This means that an alarming number of resources is being wasted upon production and distribution which is detrimental given the already constrained nature of marine resources. The government believes that developing fish ports would be a key factor in turning this situation around. Most of their initiatives include simply providing cold storages and blast freezers within fish ports. However, this may not be enough as numerous factors contribute to post-harvest loss other than spoilage.
This project aims to reduce post-harvest loss and enhance the quality of fish production by redeveloping fish ports, implementing better programming for fish production and processing through the integration of innovative technologies such as solar drying, provision of proper post-harvesting facilities, and the like. The project will conduct a comprehensive case study of the Calabanga Provincial Port, analyzing its current challenges and limitations. This assessment will serve as the foundation for devising an enhanced port design, specifically optimizing fish production processing within the local area. A pivotal goal of this project is to introduce an alternative processing facility that harnesses solar drying technology, thereby mitigating post-harvest losses and providing a shared workspace for modest-scale fishermen who lack the resources to independently process their catches.

Being an archipelago, transport plays a vital role in the Philippine economy by bridging the population and the economic centers of the country. However, one of the problems that contributes to the deterioration of public transportation is the weak intermodal integration of transportation systems and infrastructure development that conflicts with the urban fabric. One such conflict is the coalescence of modern transport systems with historical sites. The intersection between transportation and heritage is scarcely studied because of the differences in language. Furthermore, there is limited knowledge about spaces that seamlessly connect these sectors. Thus, this research examines how urban transportation and heritage in the City of Manila could be linked through a mobility-oriented architecture. Specifically, the objectives of this research are (1) to identify the design principles and elements of different transportation modes, heritage structures, and natural heritage in the heritage corridor of the City of Manila and find their connections, (2) to create an architectural program that integrates different transportation modes, heritage structures, and natural heritage, and (3) to apply these principles to the design of an intermodal transport hub that enriches commuter experience within the area. The outcomes produced in this research are a site development plan, a schematic design, and the final design development of an intermodal transport hub that integrates different transportation modes and heritage spaces in the City of Manila, particularly in Lawton.

The establishment of a digital art museum using mixed reality in the Philippines will emphasize the role of museums as a place of cultural safety and knowledge, despite a fast and ever-changing cultural landscape. The RAISE Model of curation was primarily used as a guide for the museum’s spatial programming, thus creating a more seamless flow that guides
the users in viewing the digital art displays in the museum. Due to the prolonged quarantine periods during the Covid-19 pandemic, accessing cultural heritage and knowledge became a challenge, which affected the museum sector. Museums across the world have started to cope by means of digitizing exhibits and hosting virtual tours through dedicated websites and domains. There was also a rise in the consumption of digital media, such as art and entertainment in the previous years. Despite museums opening doors once again, the pandemic's lasting impacts have made it clearer that museums need to assess the development of digital offerings in conjunction with their physical site. The challenge now lies in creating a museum experience that combines the novelty of a physical museum and the accessibility of a digital gallery — a problem that can be solved through the used of mixed reality, specifically augmented and virtual reality, which this comprehensive design project for a Museum of Digital Art located in Clark , Pampanga incorporates.