Opinion



Localizing green buildings: Will BERDE take the LEED?

On developing our own green building rating system


What St. Mark’s Basilica taught me about sustainability

4,240 square meters of golden mosaics in an old Byzantine church bring sustainability to light


LEED the game: A look into the green building rating system

How did this system achieve such PR and market dominance?


Romance and Illusion in Architecture

Architects find love and revenge in movies, but little of it in reality.


Why we need to get our tall buildings right

In his speech to a batch of architecture graduates, Geronimo V. Manahan warns of the dangers of tall buildings.


Architectural photographs (or the remains of our buildings)

In a country with little regard for our built heritage, photographs become ammunition in our conservation battles


Must we pursue Iconism?

If we were to believe Jencks, Generic Individualism is today’s International Style. Is that what we want to do? Produce trophy buildings and icon wannabes?


Charles Jencks critiques big architecture

The architecture historian classifies iconic projects into Monothematitis, Generic Individualism, and Poetry


BluPrint charts 2018 in six new year’s editorial notes

Our most memorable moments of the past year and brazen aspirations for the next twelve months


Befitting an Honorable Man: Bobby Mañosa

Joseph Javier reacts to the fiasco surrounding the National Artist Award for Bobby Mañosa


Evolution in Design: Why Designers are Motivated to Design

Are designers capable of change and growth in ways inevitable as in the organic world?


Phenomenon and Noumenon: Architectural Preservation

Architectural preservation and rehabilitation through the lens of phenomena and noumena in architecture