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BluPrint Volume 3 (2019)
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BluPrint Volume 2 (2019)
The government says: “Build, Build, Build.” We say: “Design, Design, Design.” Considering the totality of what gets built in this country, good architecture is nothing short of a miracle. But the building boom of the past few years has yielded some miracles. There’s the NEX Tower, with its four-story lobby and 11-meter-high green walls, designed by SOM. There’s the Cor Jesu chapel, a collaboration of Kenneth Cobonpue and Zubu Design Associates. Then, there’s Budji+Royal Architecture+Design who have been successfully dealing with tremendous pressure to deliver on skimpy budgets and abbreviated timelines. What they are creating in just over a year’s time in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, is miraculous indeed, thanks to general contractor MTD Philippines’ resolve to finish months ahead of the 2019 SEA Games athletes’ arrival in November.
BluPrint Volume 1 (2019)
Like a bridge, sustainability fashions a solution; it examines and critiques in order to identify what is lacking in the environment. Great sustainable designs strive for a universal consensus, just like how truth illuminates all gaps, margins, and recesses of human life. Peruse the pages of BluPrint’s recent issue and we learn about how Dominic Galicia has transformed the Hyundai Logistics Center into a clear testament to the positive consequences of planning for built environments, how Earl Forlales’ award-winning CUBO addresses the perpetuating homelessness and poverty in the Philippines, and the Dutch architecture firm UNStudio answer to the ever-growing issues surrounding densely populated cities. We also discover Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ consistent effort to create and incorporate verdure in homes, and how the House in Leiria by Aires Mateus prominently stands as a consequence of the confrontation between figures and configuration, all the while articulating light and space. Sustainability is not just a simple impression that gradually fades later on. It is a commitment to construct things that will endure, and to give these things a lasting significance.
BluPrint Special 2 (2019)
This special issue features Filipino and ASEAN firms that have made it to the World Architecture Festival 2019. Why ASEAN? Because we share cultural, climatic, and geographical similarities and can learn from each other. Not to mention, we belong to an integrated region that will inevitably allow borderless practice. We also feature two Filipino WAF winners, who share their thoughts on design issues, as well as advice on presenting before the live jury and audience. The WAF 2017 winners of Small Project of the Year, Alexander Furunes and Sudarshan Khadka (representing Locsin and Partners) for example, had this to say: “Architectural projects are multifaceted, and to condense this into eight minutes is not easy. However, eight minutes is plenty if the ideas behind the projects reflect the actions taken… Aim for clarity, find your voice, and have the guts to go for it.
BluPrint Special 1 (2019)
BluPrint’s first special issue for 2019 brings forward the younger generation that is ceaselessly redefining creative industries. Inside, we have more than 70 future shapers who are navigating their way towards truth—a gesture that may be viewed as a poignant reminder to always craft for change.
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In our continuing pursuit of promoting the best in design, BluPrint Magazine caps 2018 with an issue that delves deep into the process of creativity. With an extensive feature on popular brands—from a luxury timepiece to democratic furniture pieces and everything in between—we take you on an exciting journey marked with interesting milestones that outlines how these brands are leading their respective games. We round up a fresh selection of structures that are becoming distinct landmarks while making the skyline more dynamic. Putting together this issue is similar to the features that are contained herein. More than sharing with you the stories and the arresting visuals that anchor each, this issue is a product of a collective creativity from our editors, writers, photographers, and every single person who has helped to make this issue possible. And while our collective creativity is fuelled by our passion and dedication, we hope that this issue becomes a Catalyst of Creativity for you.
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Being sustainable is more than just a byword for being green or environmentally friendly. In this issue, we explore how great sustainable solutions makes for good business neither compromising on design quality nor the state of our planet. Paulo Alcazaren dissects the fallout and potential solutions for Boracay as an approach to all island tourism development. Robert Anthony Siy, City Transport Development and Management Officer of Pasig City, puts forward recommendations for a safer and more sustainable transport policy in Metro Manila. We also learn how the Escolta Block Party is reviving Manila’s old downtown opening up new possibilities across the heritage district. Foster + Partners exemplifies the optimal balance between the environment, history, and culture of Singapore at the South Beach Complex. We take a look at how Menarco Tower is revolutionizing workplace well-being as the first registered WELL-certified building in the Philippines. 90 Design Studio continues its remodeling of the UP Baguio campus with the timber Teatro Amianan. Energy efficient lighting design is the focus for our visit to the new Mactan Cebu Airport. Also, a first look at AECOM’s winning design concept for the Bagong Senado. We bring to you an exclusive triple special report of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale: the Philippine Pavilion, ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’, curated by Edson Cabalfin at the Arsenale; interviews with Philippine Pavilion participants, artist Yason Banal and photographer Jinggo Montenejo; and an overview of the national pavilions from our ASEAN counterparts from Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore; with special thanks to the NCCA, DFA, and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.
BluPrint Volume 2 (2018)
“Architecture arrives when our thoughts about it acquire the real condition only materials can provide,” Rafael Moneo aptly surmises, as we take a closer look at the building blocks of architecture in Volume 2—materials. In this issue we have compiled the latest breakthroughs in architectural materials as well as projects using traditional materials in refreshingly new ways. Cover image: Diamond Island Community Center, designed by VTN Architects, photographed by Hiroyuki Oki. #BP_MaterialMatters #BluPrintKnowsDesign #BluPrint
BluPrint Special 2 (2018)
BluPrint’s second special issue of the year contains manifestos of architects, designers, and allied professionals who are shaking things up in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It is interesting that “manifesto” is rooted in the Latin words manus and festus meaning “hand” and “struck;” relating to the moment of confession after one is “struck by a hand” or apprehended. In our case, there were no arrests; only e-mails. The amalgam eventually evolved (as most Latin words did) to mean the official declarations of a political party. Although none of us have written our manifestos with the aim of running for office, the things we do at our desks and on site everyday affect more than just personal spheres. In effect, good design can be thought of as a public service. Essentially, each manifesto (short or long) expresses two things: a conviction about the purpose of design in our lives, society, and the environment; and a commitment to fulfill that purpose. Here we have made our beliefs, hopes, and promises public so we can be held accountable by you, our readers, and, when the time comes, by our future selves.
BluPrint Volume 1 (2018)
We enter the year with the highly-anticipated public opening of the monumental National Museum of Natural History, whose adaptive reuse design has been masterfully led by Dominic Galicia Architects and interior designer firm Periquet Galicia, Inc. We review the architecture and design of Manila’s newest major museum as it reaches completion. Leandro Poco, principal of Leandro A. Poco & Associates, comprehensively dissects why urban planning has failed in Metro Manila and sets out an action plan for the future in order to make the city a healthier, more efficient and more sustainable place to live in. Pritzker Prize-winning starchitects, fashion designers, celebrities and Philippine designers have produced Revolution Precrafted designer prefab homes for the ‘World’s First Liveable Art Park’ at Batulao Artscapes, Batangas. We take a closer look at how the design mantras of architects are used to sell this unprecedented form of residential living.
BluPrint Special 1 (2018)
Join us as we look through the lenses of some of the world’s top architectural photographers in our latest special issue. From the ASEAN region we meet Japanese photographer, Hiroyuki Oki, to find out how he became synonymous with the best in Vietnamese contemporary architecture. We also interview Mario Wibowo and Ketsiree Wongwan, about their regimented approaches to photographing projects in Indonesia and Thailand. Jaime Rapi, Jr. interviews his long-time mentor Tom Eppersonabout his path as an architectural photographer. BUDJI+ROYAL architect and photographer Marc Go shares why he cannot give up practicing both architecture and photography. We talk to Allan Crow, of renowned duo Hufton + Crow, about how his partnership with Nick Hufton catapulted them to stratospheric heights in architectural image making. Learn what Marc Goodwin means by imbuing his photographs with an ‘archmospheric’ quality.
BluPrint Volume 4 (2017)
In BluPrint’s latest issue, our rally cry is: Think Big, Design Small. Don’t get us wrong; this is not an issue on tiny houses. Like the environmentalists’ Think Global, Act Local, the motto Think Big, Design Small advocates embracing the concerns of the many and dreaming big—so big we want to make the world a better place. It means forsaking the non-essential, the pompous, and the profligate in order to minimize our demands on the environment. We cast the net wide and gather projects by firms from across Southeast Asia: Formwerkz and RT+Q from Singapore; Fabian Tan and Jun Ong from Malaysia, andramatin and Tan Tik Lam from Indonesia; and LINO Architecture from the Philippines. We dissect long-held standards of proportion; walk through Ortigas with Roy Villarosa, Julia Nebrija, and Jed Gomez; and seize the day with ONG&ONG; Manila’s Michael Cu Fua. BluPrint Volume 4 2017 is available digitally via the Flip100 app and Magzter. Grab your print copy from bookstores and newsstands nationwide.
BluPrint Volume 3 (2017)
BluPrint is breaking down walls, all but inevitable at the dawn of cross-border practice. In this issue, we bring you inside stories of design and architecture projects around Asia. Design Systems crafts the total package—architecture, interiors, and branding strategy—of Hong Kong’s enigmatic TUVE Hotel. Shanghai-based Neri&Hu; completes their first Philippine project, The Pig & Palm, inspired by the principal’s hometown Cebu. Seshan Design references Mark Twain for an unconventional F&B pair in Kuala Lumpur, Huckleberry and Skullduggery. The spice trade and disco nights of Singapore’s riverside roots inspire The Warehouse Hotel by Asylum and Zarch Collaboratives. Our First Principles section goes borderless too as we pepper the entire issue with design aphorisms. BluPrint Volume 3 2017 also includes projects by Arkinamix, Buensalido+Architects, Park+Associates, CRL Designs, Electrolychee, and Tad Ermitaño.
BluPrint Volume 2 (2017)
Art and architecture take center stage in BluPrint’s latest issue. We bring you different iterations of the longstanding (and sometimes complicated) relationship expressed in our built environment. RT+Q counterintuits the residence of a three-generational family and their Southeast Asian art collection. Filipino artists enjoy more exhibition spaces along Pasong Tamo Extension with the new Silverlens Galleries by Anna Sy and Aphro by Jagnus Design Studio. Ramon Orlina sculpts a prismatic altarpiece and Benji Reyes crafts Tahanan Bistro. Is architecture art? Tobias Guggenheimer argues why it isn’t. Allies or adversaries? Distinct or the same? We leave you to navigate. One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot to see along the way.
BluPrint Volume 1 (2017)
The clean slate: isn’t this what most of us wish for in a year’s beginning, or any beginning for that matter? But what happens when you’re not given the opportunity to start from scratch? Enter Renovation, Retrofit, and Reuse–three handy R’s helping architects and designers bust through the rubble. In BluPrint’s first issue for 2017, Jim Caumeron guts a cookie cutter house to build a new core and Budji+Royal takes over a project to transform it into a tropical haven. Heim Interiors realizes a nitpicker’s dream while Studio Ong shares some lessons on renovation. Some sprucing up also happens in Recto’s Laperal Apartments, the old Tutuban Station, and the former Jaro city hall in Iloilo. With ingenuity and spunk, buildings can go from all kinds of awry to every kind of right.
BluPrint Special 1 (2017)
It’s all about stepping up our design game in BluPrint Volume 4 2017. The competitiveness issue zeroes in on where we are and plans to achieve our goals for ASEAN integration. Also under the spotlight are the two iconic design competitions of the year: the Supreme Court and the BCDA. We chime in on why we need more National Artists for architecture, upgrading architecture education in the University of San Carlos, and the tyranny of memory in design. It’s in the nature of games to produce only one champion and those who do not place have a whole new season to train for. But if competition brought out the best in us every time, then win or lose, we win!
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