Tropical Architecture for the 21st Century Book Launch
BluPrint's new tropical house book series launch was cause for much inspiration and celebration
September 6, 2017
Photographed by Ed Simon and Miggy Abesamis
BluPrint’s latest book Tropical Architecture for the 21st Century Volume 1 was launched at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonfacio Global City on Wednesday 16th August 2017 with co-presenter GROHE. Coinciding with BluPrint magazine’s 18th anniversary, the 200-strong audience in the intimate Global Auditorium was treated to a showcase and celebration of the very best in tropical design.
Hosting the event was the effervescent Maureen Anne Araneta, who invited the day’s guest speakers—Anna Sy (CS Design Consultancy), Benjee Mendoza (BAAD Studio), Albert Ascalon (on behalf of Ed Calma), Royal Pineda (BUDJI+ROYAL), Micaela Benedicto, Jorge Yulo (Jorge Yulo Architects & Associates) and Dominic Galicia (Dominic Galicia Architects)—on stage to each share their diverse approaches to designing in a tropical climate. Split into two afternoon sessions of stimulating discourse and exclusive project presentations, the equally riveting Q&A engaged the architectural community with the finest of Filipino architects today.
A book signing with all the architects featured in the book took place in the NutriAsia Del Monte Lobby, with the bustling queue stretching past a photo exhibition of the tropical houses. For many of the guests, it was an opportunity to meet the architects and even get a customary selfie with their design heroes. All in all, the event was an apt milestone for BluPrint as it continues to champion tropical design from across Southeast Asia with this first in a new series of tropical house books—a cause worthy of a toast.
As 3rd Avenue kicked off celebrations with a funky set, the BluPrint 18th anniversary after party then continued late into the night with beverages provided by Dewar’s Whisky.
Special thanks to GROHE, ABC Phil. Inc., Furnitalia, Global Views Philippines, and Lampe Berger Philippines for generously supporting the event.
Tropical Architecture for the 21st Century Volume 1 is available from National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches near you for P1490.
Book launch event photos
The Maybank Auditorium stage is set for the book launch
Editor-In-Chief Judith Torres speaks to the media about new book
Maite Uy thanks the event sponsors Grohe, ABC Phil. Inc., Global Views Philippines, Lampe Berge Philippines and Dewar's Whisky.
Judith Torres introduces the Tropical Architecture for 21st Century book series
Maureen Anne Araneta hosted the day's talks
Associate Editor Angel Yulo presents the BluPrint.ph website
Anna Sy (CS Design Consultancy) is the first speaker of the day
BAAD Studio principal Benjee Mendoza presents three approaches to tropical design
Albert Ascalon of Lor Calma and Partners presents the firm's design process and values
The first Q&A session with Benjee Mendoza (left), Anna Sy and Albert Ascalon (on behalf of Ed Calma)
Royal Pineda (BUDJI+ROYAL) begins the second afternoon session with his beliefs about modern filipino architecture
Micaela Benedicto relates her compositions in art to her approach to architectural design
Jorge Yulo entertains the audience with anecdotes and designing optical illusions
Dominic Galicia eloquently explores tropical design with his church projects
Dominic Galicia (left), Jorge Yulo, Micaela Benedicto and Royal Pineda sit for the Q&A part 2
BluPrint Editor Lawrence Carlos asks a question to the architects
The architectural community engages with the discussion panel
Dominic Galicia responds to questions about tropical Filipino design
Associate Editor Angel Yulo proposes a toast in celebration of BluPrint magazine's 18th anniversary
Onstage with the speakers and the BluPrint team is Alen Alban, country manager of Lixil Water Technology
The book signing in the foyer.
The book signing in the foyer
Drinks were served by Dewar's Whisky
The Lixil Philippines team enjoying the after party
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