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This serves as Arch360's official blog. Arch360 is an online community that seeks to uplift the design practice in the Philippines. It exists to break misconceptions, foster greater unity among Filipinos, and provide a venue for non-design specialists to appreciate how design practice affects their lives in ways they never imagined. You don't have to be a design student or professional to be part of our community. We want to open our doors to any interested people, regardless of field, to promote shared learning. Just type "Arch360 Philippines" on the Facebook Search Page and like us.

“The Most Iconic Work of Philippine Architecture” by Aldo Mayoralgo (Team A360/Disenyo)

“The Most Iconic Work of Philippine Architecture” – powerful to say, difficult to define. Upon hearing this phrase, many Filipinos immediately gravitate towards images of the Tanghalang Pambansa, Coconut Palace, The Big Dome, perhaps even the SM Mall of Asia. Heck, depending on the definition you subscribe to, even something like the Jeepney could be a valid candidate. Our concept of “Iconic” varies greatly.

The question of the day is: “For you, what does “Iconic Architecture” mean, and what building qualifies as the “Most Iconic Work of Philippine Architecture”?

My answer is rather unconventional, in that the structure was small, impermanent and is long gone, in contrast to the many favourites out there. Be that as it may, I truly believe that it embodied and continues to embody the entirety of the Filipino spirit – my qualifications for something to be iconic.

I’m talking of the 1970 Philippine Pavilion in Osaka, Japan designed by Leandro V. Locsin. For those who don’t know the story, here’s the basic gist of it. If you want something more detailed, check out this great entry by Designkultur: http://designkultur.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/architects-leandro-locsin-the-philippines-expo-70/

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                The site given to the Philippines in the Expo ’70 was small and triangular – not the most ideal situation if you’re looking to dazzle the masses and give an impression of sheer awesomeness. To make matters worse, Canada’s pavilion across the street, designed by the great Arthur Erickson, was a stunning glass behemoth of epic proportions.

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The Philippines would need something fantastic to compete with such grandeur.

And the Philippines did it.

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Here’s an excerpt from the Designkultur entry:

“Since the Philippine Pavilion at Expo ’70 occupied a small corner lot opposite the large Canadian Pavilion (a mirror-wall pyramid), the architect felt that it had to make a strong architectural statement despite the limited building budget. Otherwise, it would be overwhelmed by its spectacular neighbour.”

 The dramatic roof sweeping up from the ground was intended to express the soaring prospects and future-oriented outlook of the Filipino people. The architectural message was that although the Philippines is a young and developing country, it has a progressive spirit.

Fine Philippine hardwoods and other native materials were used extensively throughout the pavilion. The pattern of the narra planking on the ceiling directed the eye up toward the apex. Panels of capiz shell in the skylight diffused a warm interior light. Not yet installed when the building was photographed was a large capiz chandelier, which added a spectacular focal point to the pavilion. The chandelier now hangs over the central stairway in Ang Maharlika.

The exhibit in the pavilion was a photo essay covering the history of the Philippine Islands form their mythic origins to the present day. Interspersed with the photos were small exhibits of artefacts such as Oriental trade porcelains, Philippine-made gold jewellery dating from the twelfth-century and earlier, Muslim woodcarvings and brass jewellery, and Spanish-colonial sculpture. On the ground floor were exhibits of native products such as lumber (artistically displayed as sculpturelike works) and handsome silk fabrics (stretched on frames to form colourful, decorative panels on the walls). The basement housed a small art gallery of contemporary Philippine art and sculpture.

 The Philippine Pavilion was well received and was judged one of the ten most popular pavilions at the exhibition.

 

Talk of the powerful figures it seemed to abstract circulated – hands in prayer, a conquistador’s hat, a bird, etc. It was even said that people would take pictures of the Canadian Pavilion to capture the image of the Philippine Pavilion beautifully reflected on it.

Quite obviously, Locsin’s masterpiece for Expo ’70 is long gone, but its memory and what it stood for is still going strong. We are a developing country, with aspirations that soar to the heavens. No matter how small we might seem, the glory of the Filipino still shines though. The Philippine Pavilion in Osaka captures this beautifully, which is why I consider it the most iconic work of Filipino Architecture.

So then, what about you?

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Our friends from Arkitektura.ph have launched a wonderful contest called “ICON: The Search for the Iconic Filipino Architecture”. The mechanics are simple: Simply go to the arkitektura.ph forums and ist down the top ten (10) buildings or structures (in descending order) which you consider iconic. Duration of this survey will be from JULY 11-25, 2012. The person with the best line-up of iconic Filipino architecture will win a signed seminal book, “Arkitekturang Filipino: A History Of Architecture And Urbanism In The Philippines” (617 pages) by Gerard Lico and DVD of Philippine Architecture. So tell all your friends and let the world know what is ICONIC FILIPINO ARCHITECTURE!

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“On Architects and Nation-Building” by Team A360

The Istana Nurul Iman – The National Palace of Brunei, Designed by the late great Leandro V. Locsin. Image from http://www.bruneihq.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Istana-Nurul-Iman-of-Sultan.jpg

If you were to ask a doctor what his contribution to society is, his answer would probably be that his work heals the ailments of many. If you were to ask a businessman the same question, he might reply that his work allows the economy to thrive. A lawyer? His work allows justice to prevail and brings the Chief Justices to justice. How just.

What of the architect? It might seem difficult for most to answer this. Heck, even a number of architects probably don’t know what to say when faced with this question. After all, like other designers, the results of the architect’s labor are concrete and tangible, but the benefits to society are ironically not. I mean, some of those who know nothing of the design process would conclude that design is merely about making things pretty. Really, what does designing buildings and public spaces have to do with the development of a nation other than the obvious aesthetic implications?

The answer: Everything.

Designers design well (though of course this isn’t true for all designers. Every profession has its blunderers that put its practice to shame, after all). Designers think of things more important in the grand scheme of things than merely cost and numbers.

They think of how you should get from point A to point B in the safest, fastest, and most comfortable manner possible. They believe that when you get to point B, it should be the most conducive space for you to get things done in a way that’s tailor-fit to how you best get things done.

They know about how you need to look at your good-looking face in the mirror every 10 seconds to stay confident as you talk to your crush on the telephone (weird habit I know, but I’ve seen it done before). They think of you.

Architects typically have your back in everything that you do. No other profession has a scope of benefit more far-reaching than the architect, primarily because anyone and everyone who has entered a building has felt the benefits of an architect’s design (or lack thereof). Architects are one of the great forces that humanize your life. Imagine a world designed by people who don’t consider that disabled people need different kinds of door knobs, urinals aren’t meant to be stuck together, and your forehead shouldn’t play limbo with the upper floor’s slab when you move up a flight of stairs, and you’ll get what I mean.

Yes, doctors, businessmen and lawyers are truly great assets in bringing a nation forward. But what people don’t see is the silent hand that allows them to be their very best, every single day. Good design speaks of a well oiled machine that allows humanity and productivity for all professions to soar. Patients are put in danger when hospital spaces are horridly arranged, no matter how great the doctor. There’s a reason why lawyers pick cozy coffee shops to get their concentration fix for crucial thinking.

Architects increase output and provide society with reasons to ponder, smile, celebrate or be proud of the beauty of her country.

And sometimes, this makes all the difference in driving a nation forward.

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Why Engineers Are NOT Designers by Team A360

Here’s a shout out to the “oldie” Civil Engineer proponents who are pushing for CEs to be allowed to sign architectural plans. Civil Engineering undergrads, we hope you get to read this, and we hope it spurs you to wake up and take a look at how illogical your oldies are. -_-

This post is not an affront to the Civil Engineers of the Philippines. Its sole purpose is to illustrate simple truths that the less-corrupt officials of our government should consider:

Engineering does not have a SINGLE design class, and they’re going to be allowed to sign design plans? Architecture students take FIVE structural design classes to complete the course. I’m guessing majority of CE students aren’t aware of this. Yes, we know how to design beams, columns, footings and trusses to combat shear, bending, buckling, etc. Yes, we have to ingrain empirical formulas in our heads to smoothly go through the step-by-step process of sizing structural members and their components. Yes, we know how to do the portal method for structural frames. We’re trained to do structural calculations for up to 2-storey buildings, at the very least. But that doesn’t cause us young architects to go around claiming we’re skilled enough to sign structural documents. We get it- you’re the SPECIALISTS at structure. It’s what you’re trained for. You DESERVE the RIGHT to be the SOLE structural professional.

We’re the DESIGN specialists – kindly give us the same right.

Engineers are specialists in engineering, designers are specialists in design. Architectural for Architects, Structural for CEs.

Now you might think “big deal, pampaganda lang naman ang design ah“. How very wrong this is. Read some of the previous posts of this blog and ask yourself if you’ve ever been trained in class to think like that. Good design uplifts the standard of life. Bad design destroys communities (not an exaggeration).

As a strong example, we at Arch360 Philippines would like to give you an insider’s view on how Architecture students are trained to design, and how CEs aren’t.

If we were to say, gather two teams of 6 people for an esquisse (an architectural exam): 5 Arki Students + 1 Doctor and 5 CE Students +1 Doctor, lock them in separate rooms with all the materials they need, and give them 3 days to design a 100 BED HOSPITAL.

To make things even easier, we’ll even provide the Space Programming (shown below)

It’s now up to the teams think like designers and interpet the implications of the data below to produce an effective design proposal. Plans, sections, elevations, Site Development Plans, Perspectives and Sectional Perspectives, Conceptual Utility Layouts even.

Welcome to the world of designer. This is what we are TRAINED to do. Remember, screw up the layout and people could actually die. (again, not an exaggeration)

Let the designing begin!

SPACE REQUIREMENTS:

       
NO. ROOM TITLE SPACE DEMAND TOTAL AREA
    (SQ. MTS.) (SQ. MTS.)
  ADMINISTRATIVE AREA    
1.0 ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT    
  Lobby 45.00  
  Admitting Office 18.00  
  Affiliate’s Room and Library 45.00  
  Office of the Chief of Hospital w/ Toilet 36.00  
  Accounting Room w/ Toilet 36.00  
  Office of the Chief Nurse w/ Toilet 27.00  
  Office of the Administrative Officer w/ Toilet 27.00  
  Business and Finance Office w/ Toilet 108.00  
  Office of the Department Head – (Typical) 18.00  
  Conference Room 36.00  
  Printing and Storage Room 13.50  
  Public Toilet Facilities 36.00  
  Radio Room 9.00  
  MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICE w/ Toilet 27.00  
  PHILHEALTH 27.00  
       
  Sub-Total   508.50
       
2.0 MEDICAL RECORDS ROOM    
       Office Area 22.50  
       Records Area 36.00  
      Toilet 4.50  
       
  Sub-Total   63.00
       
  CLINICAL AREA    
3.0 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT    
      Nurse Station 31.50  
      Minor Operating Room 18.00  
      Treatment Cubicles 22.50  
      Observation Room 45.00  
      Waiting Area with Stretcher Nook 18.00  
      Doctor’s On Duty  Room w/ Toilet 31.50  
      Nurses’ Locker Room w/ Toilet 18.00  
       
  Sub-Total   184.50
       
4.0 SURGICAL DEPARTMENT    
  OPERATING ROOM 36.00  
  DELIVERY ROOM 36.00  
  LABOR ROOM W/ TOILET 54.00  
  SCRUB-UP 9.00  
  SUB-STERILIZING ROOM 4.50  
  SURGICAL SUPERVISOR’S AREA 9.00  
  ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S AREA 9.00  
  ANESTHESIA STORAGE 13.50  
  STERILE INSTRUMENT & SUPPLY STORAGE 13.50  
  CLEAN-UP ROOM 13.50  
  LOUNGE AREA AND LOCKER ROOMS    
      Staff Locker Room and Toilet 27.00  
      Staff Lounge 18.00  
      Nurses’ Locker Room w/ Toilet 18.00  
  CENTRAL STERILIZING AND SUPPLY  ROOM 63.00  
  RECOVERY ROOM 72.00  
  INTENSIVE CARE UNIT 108.00  
  VISITOR’S WAITING AREA 18.00  
  NURSERY    
      Nurse Station 18.00  
      Septic Nursery and Work Room 13.50  
      Suspect/Pathologic Nursery and Work Room 22.50  
      Breast-feeding Room 9.00  
  STRETCHER NOOK AND TRANSFER 13.50  
  STORAGE ROOM 9.00  
       
  Sub-Total   607.50
       
  ANCILLARY AREA    
5.0 RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT    
      Rad-Fluoro X-ray  Room 27.00  
      Radiographic X-ray  Room 27.00  
      Changing Rooms w/ Toilets 13.50  
      Control Booth 4.50  
      Dark Room 13.50  
      Ultrasound Room 13.50  
      Waiting Area with Stretcher Nook 27.00  
      Radiologist’s Office w/ Toilet 18.00  
      Staff Room w/ Toilet 18.00  
      Clerical Room 13.50  
      Film File Storage 9.00  
       
  Sub-Total   184.50
       
6.0 LABORATORY DEPARTMENT    
      Bacteriology and Serology Section 18.00  
      Histopathology Section 18.00  
      Urinalysis and Biochemistry Section 18.00  
      Hematology Section 18.00  
      Blood Doning 13.50  
      Waiting Area w/ Toilet 31.50  
      Pathologist’s Office w/ Toilet 18.00  
      Staff Area 27.00  
      Glass Washing and Sterilizing 22.50  
      Storage Room 4.50  
      Locker Room and Toilet 13.50  
       
  Sub-Total   202.50
       
7.0 PHARMACY DEPARTMENT    
      Chief Pharmacist’s Office 13.50  
      Staff Work Area 13.50  
      Patient Dispensing Area and Drug Info. 13.50  
      Receiving/Breakout/Inspection Area 13.50  
      Flammable Storage 4.50  
      Bulk Storage 13.50  
      Extemporaneous Preparation Area 13.50  
      Distribution Area 18.00  
      Staff Toilet 4.50  
       
  Sub-Total   108.00
       
  OUT-PATIENT AREA    
8.0 OUTPATIENT  DEPARTMENT    
      OPD Waiting Area 54.00  
      OPD Admitting/Information Counter 18.00  
      Office of the OPD Chief 22.50  
      OPD Records Room 18.00  
       Consultation Room (Pedia/Under Six) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (Medical) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (Surgical) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (OB-Gyne) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (Family Planning) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (Dental) 36.00  
      Consultation Room (ENT) 18.00  
      Consultation Room (Eye) 18.00  
      Minor Operating Room 27.00  
      Utility Room 9.00  
      Toilet Facilities 36.00  
       
  Sub-Total   346.50
       
  IN-PATIENT AREA    
9.00 NURSING    
  WARD NURSE STATION AND SERVICE GROUP    
      Nurse Station 12.60  
      Utility Area 6.30  
      Linen Rooms 6.30  
      Treatment Room 15.96  
      Equipment Storage 3.84  
  TYPICAL 1-BED ROOM W/ T&B 9X18.00 = 162.00  
  TYPICAL 2-BED WARD W/ T&B 4X18.00 = 72.00  
  TYPICAL 4-BED WARD W/ T&B 2X36.00 = 72.00  
       
  Sub-Total 4X351.00 1404.00
       
  SERVICE AREAS    
10.00 DIETARY DEPARTMENT    
  DIETITIAN’S OFFICE w/ Toilet 22.50  
  RECEIVING AREA 18.00  
  DRY STORAGE 9.00  
  COLD STORAGE 9.00  
  EQUIPMENT STORAGE 13.50  
  FOOD PREPARATION AREA 198.00  
  SPECIAL DIET ROOM 9.00  
  STAFF DINING ROOM 81.00  
  DISHWASHING AREA 18.00  
  TRAY TRUCK PARK, WASH AREA 18.00  
  LOCKER ROOM AND TOILETS 22.50  
  GARBAGE DISPOSAL CUBICLE 9.00  
       
  Sub-Total   427.50
       
11.00 LINEN AND LAUNDRY    
      Linen Office and Work Room 36.00  
      Central Linen Storage 27.00  
      Receiving and Sorting Area 54.00  
      Washing Area 63.00  
      Pressing and Ironing Area 54.00  
      Toilet 9.00  
       
  Sub-Total   243.00
       
12.00 MAINTENANCE AND MOTORPOOL    
      Office of the Chief Engineer 36.00  
      Bio-medical Equipment Room 27.00  
      Mechanical and Electrical Room 31.50  
      Carpentry Workshop 45.00  
      Locker Room and Toilet 27.00  
       Garage and Work Area 162.00  
       Power House w/ Generator 27.00  
       
  Sub-Total   355.50
       
13.00 MORTUARY    
      Lobby/Waiting Area 18.00  
      Autopsy Room 18.00  
      Morgue 9.00  
      Locker Room and Toilet 9.00  
       
  Sub-Total   54.00
       
  TOTAL AREA   4,689.00
  25-30% CORRIDORS   1,406.70
       
  GRAND TOTAL AREA   6,095.70
        

SITE REQUIREMENTS: 

1)    Visitor Parking ——————————————– 36 slots

2)    Staff Parking ———————————————- 14 slots

3)    Service Parking (including ambulance) ————    6 slots

How did you do?

Did you consider daylight factor curves? Did you think of Amihan, Habagat and Sunpath to reduce energy consumption? How about OptimumRT and acoustical defects that could critically maim the OR? What is the proximity of Laboratory to Radiology? Did you supply a big enough OPD to answer the uniquely Filipino demand? Did you think about the need for a small additional minor-surgery space in the Emergency department because of how it works? How are you corridors designed? How does the positive and negative pressure of airflow work with respect to the wards, corridors, and Fire Exit? Remember, a design without air pressure in mind could mean that corridor-dwellers could be exposed to TB and smoke will enter your Fire Exit. Are they single loaded? Did you use Awning Windows for the cancer-ward knowing fully well the demographic’s tendency towards suicide? How much space did you allocate? What is the minimum sqm requirement of a urinal to be HUMANELY used? Does your grid have a column right in front of the reception desk?. Will there be a beam or p-trap lying directly over the Operating Bed? Does your plumbing layout concept take into consideration the 2% slope of the horizontal? How many circuit breakers do you have per floor? About how large does your septic tank need to be? Cistern? Overhead Tank? Did you consider the turning radius of a 13-wheeler truck for your basement ramp? Did you even consider the largest vehicle that the service zone would need for deliveries? is your basement parking laminar in flow? Did you design the building thinking about project management? Where will the site Temfacil be?

And of course… the Aesthetics part. Yung pampaganda.

Is your design aesthetic cohesive? Did you use biologically sound finishes that will brigthen up the spaces. Does the way you lined up your tiles unknowingly create a path that makes circulation less confusing? Do the wards have good views and vistas towards foliage and life to improve patient recovery? Are overall lighting levels producing glare on the bedside wall? Is your lobby welcoming and good for business? Did you design your ramp to the Emergency room thinking of the old crying lolo who will rush up on it, carrying his sick child? Is your form moulded in such a way that its apex will be seen from 3 blocks away, right from the corner of a major road? Do your brise soleils add depth and rhythm to the facade, while at the same time protect the soffits from rain and sun? Is your form a huge block, or did you create a complex of buildings with interstitial pocket gardens, opening up corridors to beautiful views and supplying great lighting and ventilation? Are your fire signages located .3M above the floor because you know users will CRAWL in a fire? Will your building fit well into the spirit of place of the community, or will it be too intimidating?

I typed all these considerations off the top of my head in 10 MINUTES. I’m a 4th year Architecture Student, and this is how I’ve been trained to think as I design. (This was actually one of our plates in 3rd year) As you can see, design students think about more than just the prettiness of it all.

It might not look it on the surface, but WE SAVE LIVES because of how we’re trained to think. Designing is valuable. And it is SHIT hard to get right.

Civil Engineers are no different. They SAVE LIVES in their own way for sure. And their work is of GREAT importance to the safety and welfare of the country. CEs are effing AWESOME at what they do, because they are trained to be awesome in that respect.

But if they think for a second that they are trained and qualified to save lives with design, I think the vast majority of CE students with “Dafuq” on their face after reading this will prove otherwise.

Hey, “oldie” CEs, aka the proponents, your course does not qualify you to be designers in the SLIGHTEST way. Architectural for Architects. Structural for Civil Engineers. No infringing on specialty.

Point proven. Now let us all please wake up and stick to where we were trained.

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This Is Why Railings Suck by Team A360

Okay, so railings don’t suck- all the time

It’s just that some answers to design considerations are just too routine (placing railings is one of them). In dealing with a situation already encountered before, some are quick to reuse solutions instead of pondering for more effective ones.

“You’re designing a  house on steeply sloping terrain.  For one reason or another, you end up with an open decked space overlooking a magnificent view. However, the deck terminates at a dangerous cliff; safety of the user is of utmost importance.”

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A common design move to respond to this would be to place a railing at the edge of the deck. While this certainly deals with the issue of safety, look at its other implications.

If the user would want to kick back on a chair and enjoy the view, think of how the railing would spoil the experience. Chances are, the top member of the railing is swak with your horizon. 

Consider a different approach to this problem. One ingenious design move would be to incorporate a shallow reflecting pool terminating at a strip of shrubs.

 Think about it. Which of the 2 is more effective? Innovative? Which one shows that you’re thinking like a true designer? 

You decide. 

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(Again, we have Prof. MLV Santos to thank for this wonderful tidbit of information. Just realized how much we learn from her in her classes. Haha. Rock on, Ma’am.) 

Image from http://www.kriyayoga.com/photography/photo_gallery/d/102541-2/cordilleras_mountain_scenerydsc04459.jpg 🙂 

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Why Umbrellas Beat Raincoats in the Philippines by Team A360

Designers have to constantly remember who they are designing for.

While it might sound like a resounding DUH, people who are new to the practice might not be able to imagine how this plays out. The truth is, designers must be able to critically pinpoint unique cultural practicalities to ensure that their created spaces are indeed tailor-fit for the intended users. *nosebleed*

What I’m really trying to say is: there are many things people don’t notice about differences in cultures that make them very different to design for. Remember, we are all people and we all need much of the same thing (a place to sit, a place to eat). But that doesn’t mean design moves that work in the USA will be effective in the Philippines.

Allow me to state an example.

Right now, we need more Umbrella holders than Raincoat holders in Philippine spaces. 

This is easy to observe. But think about it, shouldn’t the Philippines make the move and shift to more widespread Raincoat use? I mean, hello, our rain here is hella strong. We need all the protection we can get. It seems silly that Western countries like the United States have a greater percentage of raincoat users when their rains aren’t as brutal as ours. WE MUST START A RAINCOAT MOVEMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES! -_-

This is where the thinking of the designer kicks in.

While the above statement is true, you need to look past what’s physically obvious and understand the intricacies behind the two different cultures. In the USA, the “in” thing is to own your own car. Private transportation is more of the norm there. But in the Philippines, public transportation “rains” supreme. Imagine the hassle it would cause you (and the other passengers) to board a jeep wearing a drenched raincoat. 

Not to say raincoats have no use in our country. I’m just saying umbrellas are still generally more effective in the Philippines because of the way we get to place to place. It’s a little detail that a designer must get right, but it does mean a lot in reducing hassle and optimizing efficiency.

I learned this from Prof. MLV Santos’ Urban Design Class.

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Being “Out-of-the-Box” by Team A360

Source of Images: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/17697/kengo-kuma-associates-cafe-kureon.html

Some beginning designers avoid ‘simple’ forms such as rectangles like the plague, in an attempt to be out-of-the-box. In truth, there is so much potential for innovation to these simple geometric forms. Take for example this cafe done by Kengo Kuma + Associates. I don’t think many people would complain “oh, the plan of this cafe is just a rectangle”. A great designer can turn a simple form into something brilliant. It just goes to show that we experience spaces in 3D, and not in floor plan. Image

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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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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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What is Arch360 Philippines?

Background

Arch360 is an online community that seeks to uplift the design practice in the Philippines. It exists to break misconceptions, foster greater unity among Filipinos, and provide a venue for non-design specialists to appreciate how design practice affects their lives in ways they never imagined. You don’t have to be a design student or professional to be part of our community. We want to open our doors to any interested people, regardless of field, to promote shared learning. 🙂 So please, DO like us! We’re glad to have you!

Just type “Arch360 Philippines” on the Facebook Search bar and click “like” to be part of our community.

History

Arch360 was the brainchild of the 2011-12 Executive Committee of the Architectural Students Association of the Philippines – University of the Philippines Chapter. Planning for the movement started during the summer of 2011, and was centered around the organization’s goals and objectives. The release of this community was initially scheduled for November 2011, but was pushed back to February 2012 to coincide with collaborative efforts with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The official soft launch of the Arch360 Philippines community was at Jan 31, 2012, via Facebook.

Purpose

Arch360 Philippines has a simple goal – to provide a venue for students and professionals (regardless of specialization) to appreciate and understand design as a whole, with special emphasis on architectural disciplines. The design practice in the Philippines is clouded with misunderstanding, which has lead it to be undervalued over the decades. This is in contrast to how the design profession is viewed in other countries. Arch360 seeks to forward 3 simple ideas through its workings as an intellectual community.

1.) Design is complex, but delightfully so.

2.) Design is purposeful.

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

Our Inspirations

Disenyo.ph

Arkitektura.ph

Our professors from the UP College of Architecture.

ASAPhil-UP’s Faculty Adviser – Dr. Gerard Lico

Former Dean of the UPCA – Dean Geronimo Manahan

Contact us:

arch360philippines@yahoo.com

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