Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Architectural Design and Site Planning (ADSP) Review Schedule June 2012 LEA

Here's the schedule for the Architectural Design and Site Planning (ADSP) Review Course for the June 2012 Licensure Exam for Architects. Review starts April 1, 2012. Course Fee is P3,500.00. Pls. call 02-4126364 for more details (look for Ms. Gigi).

June 2012 LEA Refresher Course

Here's the schedule for the refresher class for the June 2012 Licensure Examination for Architects. Classes start May 20, 2012. Course Fee is P3,500.00. There will be three Sections to be opened (Section A, B and C). For more information, call 02-4126364 look for Ms. Gigi.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


The Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI) is presenting its 3rd GREEEN Technical Training Seminars on April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26. This set of seminars lead professionals to become GREEEN Design Associates, Accredited Design Professional and Accredited Assessors of PGBI.

Those interested may download the attached flyer, program and registration form. Submission of registration form will be on or before April 21, to the PGBI Secretariat.

Kindly post this on your organization's website, share this with your colleagues who are qualified.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Mark Anthony Breis - EMCON Tower

Here's the Thesis Project of Mark Anthony Breis of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) who bagged the Top Thesis Award for 2012.

The main design concept of the project is a high performance building design encapsulated with characteristic of being ecological, innovative and responsive, towards high performance building design elements such as sustainable site, energy efficiency, water efficiency, good indoor environmental quality and sustainable and low impact materials.

The project site is located at Bonifacio Global City with a total area of 6, 539 sq. mts. The architectural top height of the tower is 212.90 meters from natural ground line. With the total of 60 floors, it is a mixed use development made up of commercial center at ground floor, Class A leasable office units for BPO-ICT industry in the podium blocks A & B and residential units with amenity level at the main tower. Total no. of lifts are 13, 4 are for office podium blocks A & B with one freight elevator in each block and 6 lifts for residential tower, strategically divided for low zone, high zone and royal penthouse areas with one freight elevator.

EMCON (Efficiency Minus the CONsumption)
The skyscraper is designed with the utmost consideration of using renewable energies from nature’s passive forces such as solar and wind, reducing its consumption of fossil fuel energy by approximately 16% (Other energy efficiency measures excluded in the estimated percentage).

From Negative Image Comes a Positive Geometry
For an efficient capturing of renewable energy, the tower’s plan shape is designed aerodynamically for two reasons, one is for wind load reduction and the other is to create a wind tunnel in both sides towards the direction of prevailing winds, creating a shape similar to the shape of a typhoon, which is the eminent character of climate change effects in the Philippines. The shape of the plan also provides a naturally ventilated double skin envelope with horizontal strut support at south oriented façade.

Forms Inspired by the Local Context
Forms and character of the building is also derived from the local context. The office podium’s façade is inspired with the Philippines’ art of weaving. It is made up of tempered glass with low e coatings and ceramic fritted glass, alternately arranged that creates the weave like pattern. This kind of facade greatly reduces heat gain, thus decreasing cooling loads of AC system in office podium. On the other hand, the tower’s curving façade is inspired by the sails of “balangay”, which is the ancient boat of the Philippines.

Large screen viewing setup HERE

If you also have an interesting thesis project to showcase here, just e-mail me ( the files and I will convert it to flash files for viewing here.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Influential architects - Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is an incredibly influential architect because his work was so original, holistic, creative and varied. See some examples and learn what about his work was so unusual...

Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.

Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture.

Influential architects - Le Corbusier

See why Le Corbusier was one of the most influential architects of our time from just 50 years ago. His work challenged form and function for centuries to come.

He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities.

"You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good. I am happy and I say: 'This is beautiful.' That is Architecture. Art enters in..."

"Architecture is the masterly, correct, and magnificent play of masses brought together in light."

"Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep."

"The house is a machine for living in."

"It is a question of building which is at the root of the social unrest of today: architecture or revolution."

"Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city."

"The 'Styles' are a lie."

"Architecture or revolution. Revolution can be avoided."

Influential architects - Mies van der Rohe

Learn why the August 2010 Vanity Fair issue, with Angelina Jolie on the cover, inspired Doug to do a series on Influential architects. This video is about Mies van der Rohe.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, are widely regarded as the pioneering masters of Modern architecture.

His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces.

He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture.

He is often associated with the aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details".

Influential architects - Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi made it possible for the architects of today to think beyond straight lines. See why...

Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in which he was skilled: ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces.

After a few years under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by nature.

Influential architects - Tadao Ando

See why Tadao Ando does more with less than any other architect in the world...

He works primarily in exposed cast-in-place concrete and is renowned for an exemplary craftsmanship which invokes a Japanese sense of materiality, junction and spatial narrative through the pared aesthetics of international modernism.

In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the highest distinction in the field of architecture.

Architecture & Design - Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

SOM is one of the largest architectural firms in the world. Find out what kind of work they do and why it's been so influential over the years.

It was SOM that led the way to the widespread use of the modern international-style or "glass box" skyscraper. They have built several of the tallest buildings in the world, including the John Hancock Center (1969, second tallest in the world when built), Sears Tower (1973, tallest in the world for over twenty years), and Burj Khalifa (2010, current world's tallest building).

Architecture & Design - Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas is known for his intellect, writing and architecture. See why all three are apparent in the work he does.

In 2000 Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize. In 2008 Time put him in their top 100 of The World's Most Influential People.

"The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast; the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding. Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture."

"People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming. But the generic city, the general urban condition, is happening everywhere, and just the fact that it occurs in such enormous quantities must mean that it's habitable. Architecture can't do anything that the culture doesn't. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living."

"It's very simple and it has nothing to do with identifiable goals. It is to keep thinking about what architecture can be, in whatever form. That is an answer, isn't it? I think that S,M,L,XL has one beautiful ambiguity: it used the past to build a future and is very adamant about giving notice that this is not the end. That's how it felt to me, anyway. That is in itself evidence of a kind of discomfort with achievement measured in terms of identifiable entities, and an announcement that continuity of thinking in whatever form, around whatever subject, is the real ambition."

Architecture & Design - Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel is a french architect who's work is demonstrative, dark, primal and unreserved. It's the future. Now.

He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008.

Architecture & Design - Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn was a Philadelphia architect who's work that originates with the simplicity of basic geometric form.

Influenced by ancient ruins, Kahn's style tends to the monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn's works are considered as monumental beyond modernism.

Architecture & Design - I.M. Pei

I.M. Pei is one of the worlds greatest living architects. See why his work is famously known for dichotomy in architecture.

Pei has won a wide variety of prizes and awards in the field of architecture, including the AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2003. In 1983, he won the Pritzker Prize, sometimes called the Nobel Prize of architecture.

Architecture & Design - Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano's work is unique and timeless. Find out why.

He is the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize and the Sonning Prize. One admirer said the "serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilised world"

Architecture & Design - Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron is a modern day architectural firm doing groundbreaking work all over the world. Find out a little more about their monumentally unique work...

In 2001, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest of honours in architecture. Their formal gestures have generally progressed from the purist simplicity of rectangular forms to more complex and dynamic geometries.

"They refine the traditions of modernism to elemental simplicity, while transforming materials and surfaces through the exploration of new treatments and techniques," in reference to HdM's innovative use of exterior materials and treatments, such as silkscreened glass.

Architecture & Design - Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava is one of the most gifted living architects. His work transcends sculpture and brings architecture and engineering together in magnificently harmonious ways.

Architecture & Design - Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is perhaps the most celebrated living female architect of our time. Her work is influenced by the early Russian Avant-Garde movement. Watch to see a variety of her work.

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature

The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature
November 5, 2009
Speaker: Douglas Farr
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Location: Ford Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University Campus, Cleveland Ohio

Greek Architecture and Urban Design: 3000 Years of Creating

Spyros Amourgis, president of the Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency, professor emeritus of architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and former vice president of the Hellenic Open University focuses on the architectural history of Athens from the early nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Series: Voices [1/2010] [Humanities] [Show ID: 14711]

The Roman Architecture

The Architecture of Ancient Rome adopted the external Greek architecture for their own purposes, which were so different from Greek buildings as to create a new architectural style. The two styles are often considered one body of classical architecture. This approach is considered reproductive, and sometimes it hinders scholars' understanding and ability to judge Roman buildings by Greek standards, particularly when relying solely on external appearances. The Romans absorbed Greek influence, apparent in many aspects closely related to architecture; for example, this can be seen in the introduction and use of the Triclinium in Roman villas as a place and manner of dining. The Romans, similarly, were indebted to their Etruscan neighbors and forefathers who supplied them with a wealth of knowledge essential for future architectural solutions, such as hydraulics and in the construction of arches.

Social elements such as wealth and high population densities in cities forced the ancient Romans to discover new (architectural) solutions of their own. The use of vaults and arches together with a sound knowledge of building materials, for example, enabled them to achieve unprecedented successes in the construction of imposing structures for public use. Examples include the aqueducts of Rome, the Baths of Diocletian and the Baths of Caracalla, the basilicas and perhaps most famously of all, the Colosseum. They were reproduced at smaller scale in most important towns and cities in the Empire. Some surviving structures are almost complete, such as the town walls of Lugo in Hispania Tarraconensis, or northern Spain.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Filling up the Diversified Logbook Form

There had been numerous questions on how to properly fill-up the form of the Diversified Logbook required for the Architecture Licensure Examinations (ALE). Here's my presentation in one of the seminars conducted by the UAP Graduate Auxiliary last year geared to all those taking the board exams. Hope this can help.

To learn more, enroll in our Architecture Board Exams Review Courses. Click  HERE  for details.

The Six Professionals in the Construction Value Chain

This animation video gives you a quick overview of how the roles and responsibilities of each of the six main professionals in the construction value chain interact and come together to construct a building from blue-print to reality. The main tasks of each of these professionals will be explained in a simple yet comprehensive manner. The six professionals are: Architect, Civil and Structural Engineer, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Facility Manager.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Building Materials & Methods of Construction Quiz 2

Here's Part 2 of Building Materials and Methods of Construction Quiz.

There will be 30 questions randomly picked from a database of 200+ questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!

Take the Exam again HERE.

Large screen setup HERE

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Building Utilities Quiz 2

Here's Part 2 of Utilities Quiz - Mechanical. Electrical, Auxiliary Systems and Lighting & Acoustics of buildings.

There will be 30 questions randomly picked from a database of 200+ questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!

Take the Exam again HERE.

Large screen setup HERE

Site Planning, Urban Design & Urban Planning Quiz

Here's Part 1 of Site Planning, Urban Design & Urban Planning Quiz for your exercise.

There will be 30 questions randomly picked from a database of 200+ questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!

Take the Exam again HERE.

Large screen setup HERE

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Building Laws - Fire Code Quiz

Here's Part 2 of Building Laws Quiz focusing on RA9514- the Fire Code of the Philippines for your exercise.

There will be 30 questions randomly picked from a database of 200+ questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!

Take the Exam again HERE.

Large screen setup HERE

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