Over 2,000 recycled vegetable crates were stacked to build the country's first green pavilion, which opened in April 2013 at the Rizal Park in Manila. Built within a week, the pavilion is a 200-square-meter greenhouse-like structure that displays a variety of green technologies and teaches community members about sustainable solutions available for providing safe sources of food, water, shelter, and energy.
The My Shelter Foundation, an environmental non-government organization, built the first pavilion 20 meters away from the Rizal monument to symbolize the start of a revolution aiming for a greener environment for everyone. Green technologies are often installed on corporate towers or homes in exclusive subdivisions; yet very few Filipinos have access to these technologies because they are expensive or unavailable. With the installation of the green pavilion, Filipinos will now be more aware of how to use and create green technologies in their lives with local affordable materials. The green pavilion remained open for 3 months and invited all residents, community groups and business owners to attend. Since the Pavilion’s structure is capable of being disassembled and transferred from one place to another, Architecture for Humanity Manila Chapter would like to take the Green Pavilion on a 3-city tour to Manila, Makati, Quezon City to benefit those communities.
Green technologies on display
The Green Pavilion consists of several displays for food, water, shelter, and energy solutions. The Pavilion will include the following sustainable low-cost solutions:
- Living wall/Vertical garden – using a hand-made geo-textile planting pocket system allows for growing food in homes/schools without outdoor spaces. A geo-textile is a permeable fabric used for planting which can separate sediments and protect plants. It is used to help support the herbs, leafy vegetables and other ornamental plants planted on the wall.
- Aquaponics -- is an integration of aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). It is a method of growing crops and fish together without using soil.
- Solar technology – the “Isang Litrong Liwanag” (A Liter of Light) program aims to bring eco-friendly solar lights using a simple plastic bottle to communities living without electricity. Since its 2011 launch, the project has brightened the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone. It then became a worldwide movement, reaching as far as India, Indonesia, and Switzerland.
- Water systems -- rainwater-harvesting, water purification
- Other activities -- Recycled arts, activities for school children