Smart designs and innovation excite us tremendously. Technology today is expanding in leaps and knows no bounds, yet we are living during these unprecedented times. How does this apply to our buildings and houses? And how does this translate to a Philippine context? We will explore these subjects in this ongoing series of writings and hope to inspire and inform you along the way.
Bamboo Bricks Loft-Cabin
Rustic look meets industrial vibe in this off-grid rest house originally designed for a hillside near the Davao Bukidnon border.
Why are real estate and condominium developers always separating living spaces from working spaces?
Tiny House + Food garden
Can the big idea of Building-Integrated Agriculture [BIA] be applied to your own houses?
Literal translation as House Hut, this concept sketch is taken from the vernacular spirit of the Bahay Kubo, the Filipino archetype for native houses. This was drawn some years back, a tropical farmhouse…
Architecture without beauty
Bad Architecture produces feelings like sadness, depression and stress. All these are negative emotion that affects us. Of course in reality this will not happen every day. But our experience of…
What if you are able to convert a part of your house into something that will give your family additional income? With the need to be smart with money nowadays, it will definitely be a benefit if you…
84th PIA Annual Convention
Last 17th to 18th of March 2017, the Philippine Institute of the Architects (PIA), the oldest existing architectural society in the Philippines, held its 84th Annual…
What really is Sustainable Design?
In the recent years, "Sustainable Design" and "Green Architecture" have been a trend here in the Philippines. Or maybe they are more like buzzwords? Almost all designers know and talk about sustainable…
Small homes in the Philippines
If we go by lot cuts offered in thousands of cookie-cutter, developer-initiated or government programs, the socialized/economic lot sizes are between 70-150 sqm. Do their existing model units support…
Studies have shown that in a few years' time, the majority of people around the world will live in cities. One can imagine how burdened city systems are now becoming. Beyond architecture, we ponder on food security, mobility and transportation, dignified shelter, the air we breathe, the climate and natural environments we need. All are essential not only to survive, but to live well-balanced and meaningful lives.
As it is, these are already sorely lacking in current cities in the Philippines. What can we do as individuals to engage in or spread awareness of how solidly-designed and built structures not only affect our physical, but also our mental and emotional well-beings?
AEX writings are thoughts and ideas of our staff - some concrete, some visionary - and management may or may not necessarily agree nor endorse the same. But we can have lively discussions on these nonetheless.