For the past 8 years, the interior design students of UP Diliman have traded the traditional design exhibit project that most ID programs annually organize for a more realistic and “hands-on” endeavor of rehabilitating spaces that cater to the less fortunate Filipinos.
While interior design has always been viewed as a service that only the rich can afford, the ID program in UP (UPID) hopes to change that by allowing the Filipino masses to benefit from well designed interior spaces, one project at a time. This is not only in line with the University’s thrust towards public service, but also in accordance with the real principle behind the professions of interior design—“to contribute to the enhancement and safeguard of life, health and property and the promotion and enrichment of the quality of life.”
Before, UPID’s annual design projects have been focused on the rehabilitation of underserved institutions such as public hospitals, public schools, and orphanages to name a few. This year, the students took the challenge of improving actual residences—real homes with real families! In one of Gawad Kalinga’s communities in Quezon City (Gawad Kalinga-Laura), the students have chosen 7 residences with different family profiles.
After more than three months of psyche-breaking brainstorming, numerous design proposals, and stressful fundraising schemes, our batch, collectively called UPGRADE, is now ready to share the seven completed homes at the Gawad Kalinga Site, Laura Street, Brgy. Old Balara, Diliman, Quezon City.
In taking part in the design and construction process, we realized the impact of what design can do — that it can promote environmental awareness, upgrade spaces, enrich lives, and help improve the people’s outlook in life. Our batch saw this project as a great challenge, not only on how small spaces can be maximized and how to creatively use our very limited resources, but also on how well-designed homes could possibly lead to better lives, better individuals, better families, and better communities.
Below are photos during the project turnover last September. Next week, we’ll share with you the dramatic before-and-after photos of the homes that the students transformed in less than three months. df
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