Guide to the Arch360 Philippines Community

Before you read this… maybe you’d like to know more about the community’s history? Check it out here: https://arch360philippines.wordpress.com/about/

How the Community Works: 

If you think about it, Arch360 Philippines is basically a group of people that have intellectual discourse about design over the internet. This idea was inspired by Disenyo – a group of Filipino designers that sit down once a month to talk about Philippine Design in cafe and restaurant settings (for more information, check them out at Disenyo.ph). Arch360 is in consonance with Disenyo’s  cause, and seeks to be a primarily online community composed of both design and non-design practitioners, be it student or professional.

Arch360 is very simple in terms of its operation. It utilizes two sites, namely Facebook and WordPress, to facilitate discussions and sharing of knowledge. The admin will try and create venues for people to voice out their opinions, and stir posts to create discussions. That’s it. What sets us apart from other similar communities is the focus of the discussions we seek to foster.

Arch360 Philippines’ Three Main Discussion Points

1.)  Design is complex, but delightfully so.

2.) Design is purposeful.

3.) Design plays a key role in the development of the nation.

Who Can Be Part of the Community? 

Anyone who is interested in learning more about design, regardless of field of expertise. You can be a highschool student, an engineer, a parent who is thinking about a house renovation, a political science major – anyone. What’s important is your willingness to learn and your openness to other ideas.

You Sir, Have Just Created A Venue for Bashing Other People!

Well then, I guess the same could be true for all social networking sites. Regardless, we are aware that differences in opinions will undoubtedly come up, especially when talking about design. After all, design is so complex that there really is no absolute truth for every issue; what works for others might not work for some. Some tensions may arise, and things could get out of hand. So let’s set the record straight: this is our code of ethics when interacting with the community!

THE ARCH360 PHILIPPINES CODE OF ETHICS ( as of Jan 31, 2012)

1.) Respect the members of the community. This is the golden rule.

2.) Voice out your opinions! Contribute! Share your knowledge! That’s the first step to learning right there.

3.) Practice understanding, and to a certain extent, multi-perspectivism. Just because someone has a varying view doesn’t mean he or she has no basis for looking at things that way. It’s prudent to acknowledge that someone may not be “completely right”, but they “have a point”.

4.) You can be adamant about your opinions, but don’t be a troll. Practice logic and avoid fallacies.

5.) CITE SOURCES when sharing information. Let’s avoid plagiarism.

6.) Have fun!

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