Opinion



Recapping the 19-year history of BluPrint through 4 editors’ notes

What can be more telling of the aspirations and convictions of a magazine than the opening remarks of its editor-in-chief? BluPrint has had four.


The 2013 economic outlook was happy—an ed’s note by Judith Torres

The 7th happiest and 17th most generous people on Planet Earth have much more to be excited, joyous and big-hearted about in 2013.


An editor’s note by Dominic Galicia: “Concept, like beauty, is elusive.”

"Does it adhere to the Vitruvian tenets of strength, usefulness, and beauty? Strength and usefulness abound in the man-made world, but not beauty."


Big, Better, Best: Dimensions of Design—a Paulo Alcazaren ed’s note

Big has always been associated with being better. The Philippines has, however, always been known for and even taken pride in things that are on the opposite end of the scale.


From our archives: BluPrint’s first editor’s note ever by Tina Bonoan

"As the professional’s new sourcebook, I hope it will be our partner in becoming the architects of the new century that we have always wanted to be."


This Binondo lumpia shop shows us that small businesses are Manila’s heritage too

Why the New Po-Heng Lumpia House might not and should not roll up for good


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

The value is: