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Jesuit university creates magic garden in response to ‘Laudato si”

12375244_10206377188163249_7435265557932178911_o-696x392Something “magical” is happening inside the Ateneo de Davao University campus, a Jesuit institution in the southern Philippines.

A patch of green nestled between towering buildings has been attracting dragonflies after every downpour. When the space is dry, students crowd around the intimate and friendly area to read or simply relax. It is called by many names — Sunken Garden, Laudato si’ Park, Laudatu si’ Lake, and Magical Garden.

Jim Palma, an advocate of sustainable urban drainage system, said there is nothing magical about the space, only “magical responses.” Palma, who teaches architecture at the university and who designed and developed the area, said it was magical the way the space functions and responds to weather.