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Filipino Architect Gonzalo S. Raymundo, Guggenheim Art Museum Design It Shelter Competition Finalist

Filipino Architect Gonzalo S. Raymundo of Quezon City, Philippines is on a world spotlight with his Guggenheim Art Museum Design It Shelter Competition entry. The competition as described in the Guggenheim Art Museum website:
On the occasion of the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing, the Guggenheim and Google SketchUp invited amateur and professional designers from around the world to submit a 3-D shelter for any location in the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth. Over the course of the summer, nearly 600 contestants from 68 different countries submitted designs that met the competition requirements. Current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students then selected ten finalists for the People's Prize award.
On August 23, 2009 students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture selected 10 finalists out of the nearly 600 entries from 68 countries for the people's prize award. The top honor will be chosen through online voting, deadline for online voting is on October 10, 2009.

Among the 10 finalist as of this writing, Filipino Architect Gonzalo Raymundo is leading with his design as shown and described below:
A Bamboo Shelter in Garbage Dump City

The shelter is located in a garbage dump where scavengers barely survive by collecting and sorting garbage. Made of bamboo, an indigenous material, on a concrete base, it is a place of refuge from the afternoon heat or a sudden rainfall. The bamboo wall represents people collectively carrying the roof above, expressing the proverb --- where there is unity there is strength. It is a symbol of sustainability and hope.
On October 21 the People’s Prize winner will be announced on the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Art Museum along with a special juried prize award selected by a panel of experts. Vote for Gonzalo S. Raymundo if you think his shelter design deserves world recognition. Since you are a believer of Raymundo’s talent who happen to be a Filipino sharing this news to your online network will help him stay on the top of the list.

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