One Thing We Need in Philippine Airports by Aldo Mayoralgo

Design is a complex and specialized process. It’s not just something you can intuitively do well. Some people might find this hard to believe, sticking to their perception that it’s primarily about making things pretty.  Through Arch360, we have a way to tell them, nay, show them how absolutely awesome (and special) this field really is. 🙂 After all, mindless bashing doesn’t get the point across. Education does.

With that, said, let’s get things started. Let the contributing begin. This first short post on A360 Philippines’ blog is going to show an instance of how good design answers a specific place’s needs (in a way that often goes unnoticed).

The Difference Between Western and Philippine Airports

If I asked you to design an airport complex in the Philippine setting, how would your complex be different from your design for one in the United States? Obviously, ang daming pwedeng sabihin.  blah stereographic charts blah insulation yadayada insertmoretechnicalshiz here.

Now stop over-complicating things for a moment and try to see something not as obvious-something only a good designer would be able to pick up. It’s something subtle by layman’s perception, but it can make a WORLD of a difference to the users. I learned this from my Urban Design class with Prof. MLV Santos, fuap.

Have you considered that Philippine Airports need larger waiting areas, and American Airports need more parking spaces? 

Read that again,  ask yourself “Bakit Kaya“, and then read the explanation below.

Americans typically have a trip to the airport as a solitary endeavor. They normally park their car in the airport parking lot, head for the departure area, and get on the plane. No frills, no fuss. When they get back, they return to their car, and drive home.

But when a typical FILIPINO has a flight, the entire BARANGAY (complete with the crying lola) comes along to make him hatid. They act as if it’s a mortal sin not not see someone off when they have a flight. “Eh kung may mangyari sa kanya? Baka huling pagkakakataon ka na ‘tong makita siya” And when the person comes back, the gang is back to welcome him home.

And what, therefore, are the correct design moves to address the needs of these two very different cultures? You guessed it.

These are the types of things designers are trained to see. 🙂 Galing no?

And with that said, I’m excited to rediscover the world of design with the Arch360 Philippines community. Let’s do this! Houston, we have liftoff!

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2 thoughts on “One Thing We Need in Philippine Airports by Aldo Mayoralgo

  1. Let’s not forget provisions for more luggage. Filipinos bring in luggage by the Balikbayan Box. Pinoy passengers, especially the ones from abroad, don’t mind paying extra for excess baggage as long as everyone in the family gets pasalubong, including the neighbors, the friends, and the household help.

    I’ve been to local airports where people cram themselves around the carousel upon arrival, not because the amount of luggage has exceeded the carousel’s capacity, but because the space around the carousels are not maximized. The space is just not designed for excess-baggage people like Filipinos.

    • Thanks for the insight Millie! Yes, that’s also very true. Westerners tend to travel light. But for us Filipinos… well, you illustrated your point very well in your comment. :)) Excess-baggage indeed!

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