KultuAwra: Harmony in Diversity

Brylle Kylle Oidem
Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila (TIP-Manila) and Quezon City (TIP-QC) College of Architecture and Engineering

Project idea

We are introduced to and still inhabit a world of architecture where the binary concept dominates our sense of spatial organization. This framework traditionally separated spaces for men and women, aiming to co-exist peacefully within their designated areas. However, the question now arises: does this binary system remain inclusive in the face of a broader spectrum of identities that fall outside its rigid boundaries? Where do these individuals belong? Are they left to navigate these spaces with lingering hesitation and uncertainty, unsure of where they truly fit in? As architects, are we simply replicating outdated blueprints, or will we actively design for a more inclusive future?

Gender identity encompasses the innate sense of being male, female, both, neither, or somewhere in between. Yet, traditional architectural design often relies on a rigid binary of male and female, excluding and marginalizing those outside it. This proposal envisions a new paradigm: one where restrictive labels do not define spaces but are defined by universal accessibility and welcoming flexibility. It will cater not only to queer individuals and members of the LGBTQ+ community but to everyone across the spectrum of human experience, including cisgender, bigender, genderfluid, binary, and non-binary individuals. The proposed project does not center solely on providing an exclusive space for queer individuals but rather on creating a space that is not bounded by gender identity and embodies the concept of inclusivity.

Project description

The design proposal 'KULTUAWRA: Harmony in Diversity' is a project that promotes gender equality and inclusivity through interactive architecture, aiming to create spaces that are inclusive and equal for all. It will establish an environment that embodies inclusivity and universal design—a structure empowering users to manipulate and gain authority over the space they are moving around. This grants them freedom and the ability to fully express themselves without concern for discrimination or hesitation, fostering a place of acceptance rather than mere tolerance. This is not just about designing buildings; it's about dismantling barriers and fostering true community. It acknowledges that inclusivity is not merely a checklist but a continuous journey of empathy, creativity, and collaboration. With this design, we have the power to rewrite the narrative and create environments that celebrate the human tapestry in all its richness and complexity. The project draws inspiration from the diversity of human experience and gender identity. By recognizing and accommodating the varied needs and preferences of individuals, the building becomes a reflection of the multifaceted nature of human identity and experience. The KULTUAWRA design aims to create an inclusive and responsive environment that resonates with the diverse ways people engage with space.

The concept manifests itself through the design of a Curvilinear Building, symbolizing the non-linear journey of human life, with its curves and challenges. This building accommodates diverse typologies within its structure, primarily adapting to the evolving needs of its societal or site context. The innovative design utilizes adjustable components, enabling versatility and flexibility to achieve desired outcomes.

Technical information

The KULTUAWRA building is constructed using pre-designed module components due to its modular nature. These standardized units are easily interchangeable, facilitating efficient construction and flexibility for future modifications. These pre-designed module components have a dedicated function or typology. These components encompass a playroom, library, art gallery, cafeteria, arcade room, lounge room, conference room, yoga space, amphitheater, and the community toilet. These pre-designed module components are designed to be versatile and easily interchangeable. This building's adaptability is a key factor in its sustainability. Instead of resorting to entirely new construction to address evolving requirements, the existing structure can be modified. This approach minimizes the environmental impact of demolishing and rebuilding, aligning with sustainable construction practices.

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