From L to R: Rica Plaza of Plaza+Partners, Inc., William Ti, Jr. of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, Terrence Yu of Visionarch, and Cathy Saldana of ArcoGroup, Inc.


Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2020 promotes design-influenced policymaking

“Think Architecture” is aimed at helping develop and formulate design-influenced policies that assist and accelerate nation-building and urban planning

  • January 27, 2020

  • Text and images from Anthology Architecture and Design Festival

In its 5th edition, Anthology Architecture and Design Festival seeks to increase awareness of how architecture and design impact the environment and society. It also aims to inspire individuals to challenge current practices and norms in order to build an environment that prioritizes the conditions and needs of all social segments.

“Architecture has always been the most definitive and visible reflection of a society and its development. As the Philippines continues to grow as a nation and prepares to become a major part of the global community, it is imperative that we strive to discover and explore architecture that forms a crucial part of the identity of Filipinos,” says Ti.

The historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila will once again host the festival this February 7 to 9. Over 150 local and foreign thought leaders in architecture and urbanism headline this year’s three-day event with the following talks and discussions: 

Anthology Talks will feature 21 of the best and brightest minds in the architecture community sharing their ideas about architecture and design. Keynote speakers for Anthology 2020 are Wong Mun Summ of WOHA, Liu Xiaodu of Urbanus, and Ricardo Bofill, Jr. of RBTA. 

Shelter Dialogues is a series of dialectic panels moderated by various architecture critics and thought leaders each featuring 4-5 architects with varied backgrounds. Panels will discuss various topics that explore and ponder the ideas and frameworks that shape built structures. 

Anthology Sessions is a platform for the exploration and discussion of ideas that can help architecture evolve to address the issues of a changing world. This gathering will be publishing a manifesto that supports urban development by providing an architectural framework that supplements policy-making and planning.

Think Architecture Exhibit features the works of various participants that highlight the diversity and richness of architectural practice from all over the world. 

Installations from some of the country’s leading firms will be dotting the festival grounds, showcasing the talents and ideas of Filipino architects. 

Anthology Raw is a series of socio-cultural debates that aim to provide thought-provoking discussions and global perspectives into mainstream architectural discourse. Joel Luna of Joel Luna Planning and Design, Denise de Castro of DEQA Design Collaborative, and Kevin Low, Founder of Small Projects, will lead the discussions that aim to spark debates from opposing sides of architectural standards and beliefs.

Competitions – A series of competitions will also happen throughout the duration of the festival. There will be competitions for students as well as for professional architects and designers. For the student competitions, participating international schools are Taylor’s University, University of Indonesia, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Thammasat University, Tsinghua University, Politecnico di Torino, Hanyang University; while the participating local schools are College of Saint Benilde and the University of the Philippines. Photography enthusiasts and sketch artists are also invited to take part in the competition. For photographers, they are encouraged to take three photos of architecture taken in the Philippines; the photos must be uploaded in JPEG format with a high-quality compression. For sketch artists, they are asked to submit their best sketch of Philippine architecture; acceptable mediums include pencil, color pencil, crayon, watercolor, ink and color markers. 

Anthology Workshops is a series of workshops conducted by industry leaders SOM, Arup, and Skew and PDP Architects. 

Official schedule of the 3-day festival

Festival Director William Ti, Jr. is excited about holding the largest architecture festival in Asia here in the Philippines, with an expected turnout of 6,000 participants this year. “ We must continue to find ways to make this exploration and evolution relevant not just to our own society but also as a vital contribution to the richness of humanity and its cultural growth,”  he says. 

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