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It preserves the original glory of the building.
Most of us have a mental image of what a fast food restaurant looks like: hard linoleum tables and even harder chairs, soda-stained floors, bright lights that give you a headache as soon as you finish your value meal. It's always refreshing ...
 
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The Coconut Palace is a prime example of Filipino vernacular architecture.
The famed Coconut Palace in Pasay was built by Imelda Marcos in 1978 as a guest house for Pope John Paul II for his papal visit in the Philippines in 1981. But instead of living in the palace, which the Pope described ...
 
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Urban environments, the prime hubs for disease outbreaks, must emphasize sustainability and decrease waste and pollution.
“The coronavirus will change how cities function,” says Charmaine Chan, design editor of the South China Morning Post. “I hope it makes them more resilient places.”Chan spoke with a panel of industry experts in a recent webinar moderated by Catherine Feliciano-Chon, founder of communications ...
 
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One of the proposed designs incorporates a solar energy-powered roof.
After a devastating fire gutted parts of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the French government announced an international competition to redesign the Notre Dame spire. One of the designs gaining public interest is a glass roof and spire that can harness ...
 
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Some destructions were fatal.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines on April 22, 2019 left many in Luzon shaken. In its wake, the natural occurrence left more than just a couple of items out of place. Operations were immediately halted in transportation systems, road and ...
 
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Something to be proud of
Here’s some good news that will make fellow Filipinos proud: Lexus has announced the six Lexus Design Award finalists for 2019, and one of them is a Filipino architecture graduate from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines. Yes! The fellow went to school where our editor-in-chief ...
 
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The DPWH will be stricter in ensuring projects don't affect historical sites.
The Philippines' long history is evident in many of its old buildings and structures, traces of the past left behind by years of colonial rule. Local governments haven't exactly been great at making sure these architectural landmarks are kept intact. But is ...
 
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These historic, well-designed buildings deserve to be appreciated.
If you’ve wanted to go on an architectural tour and didn’t know where to start, you need not go far, as many of the country’s architectural gems are in plain sight, usually obscured by urban sprawl and traffic.“They serve as monuments to ...
 
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No royalty? No problem.
Castles aren't uncommon in Europe, but they're a rarity in the Philippines. Many people consider Malacañang Palace to be the only legitimate castle in the country, but there are many other architectural feats in the country that show off a kind of palatial majesty (royal ...
 
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Its design is so complicated it’s been under construction for over a century.
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most visited site, draws over two million people every year. Over a century of construction has allowed its present-day builders to marry the Roman Catholic church’s late gothic designs with modern technology, allowing for unprecedented ...
 
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He designed everything from the LRT-1 stations to the Coconut Palace.
After receiving a unified nomination for National Artist in 2016, Filipino Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa has recently been conferred the National Artist award for Architecture by President Rodrigo Duterte. The long-overdue honor comes a year after Mañosa: Beyond Architecture, a series of exhibits on his ...
 
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Better offices, better public servants? Here's to hoping.
The Senate of the Philippines is finally moving out of their Pasay rental and into a stylish new home in Taguig. Since 1997, the Upper House has been renting a building from the Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) along Roxas Boulevard.Proposals for a ...
 
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The five-story, 33,700-square-meter glass structure took three years to complete.
China’s newest architectural marvel has been unveiled.The Tianjin Binhai Library, named for the city of the same name, has astonished architecture fans and book lovers alike with its stunning design features. The library is designed to welcome light, with each bookshelf doubling ...
 
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Destroyed by wars, men, and time
Our built heritage doesn't speak of local culture in the here and now; it also paints a picture of how people lived during the time of its construction. Despite laws protecting built heritage in the Philippines, somehow we find ways to erase these ...
 
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Great wine meets striking architecture at the Tuscan headquarters of Marchesi Antinori.
When visiting Chianti Classico, what could be the most well-known wine-producing region of Tuscany, it is easy to be captivated by the rolling terraced-hills filled with fields of sunflowers or by its carefully manicured vineyards that lay heavy with grapes. The setting, ...
 
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Whether you're a devout churchgoer or simply want to marvel at our country's rich religious heritage, these places of worship are truly worth a visit.
All around the Philippines, amazing centuries-old churches stand as silent witnesses to their town’s culture and history. Many of them have been declared national treasures, and therefore during Holy Week these places of worship will not only attract worshippers, but also visitors ...
 
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Whether you are a devout Christian or a tourist for a day, these churches are worth a visit.
Manila’s many churches reflect the country’s rich heritage, which has been deeply influenced by over 300 years of Spanish rule. The former colonial power not only shaped our religious and cultural history, but also built many of Manila’s most beautiful churches.In the ...
 
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Robbie Antonio introduces the concept that revolutionizes art and architecture with designs that are “transportable, accessible, and collectible.”
When Robbie Antonio dreams, he dreams big. As the founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted Properties, an innovative enterprise that produces and sells limited edition prefabricated homes and pavilions, Robbie is set on democratizing the ultra high-end architecture arena by making designer ...
 
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Step into the tastemaker's soulful oasis and the bustling city center nearby will seem like a land far, far away.
The pursuit of perfection. These are big words, ambitious words, and despite being hopelessly unachievable, they still serve as words of inspiration and determination. They are not the words usually spoken, however, when discussing one’s own body of work, and they are certainly ...
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