TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

 
Paulo Alcazaren

Paulo Alcazaren

Philippine Urbanism: a Hundred Years of Unbuilt Plans and
Prospects for the Future

The talk will tackle the historical basis for the current miasma we find in Philippine cities today, from the Burnham Plan of 1905 to current interventions. It will touch on the role of architecture and environmental planning, landscape architecture and urban design, as well as on the influence of politics and governance structures in the production of the built environment.

CPD accredited lecture.


Gregory Burgess

Gregory Burgess

Building Community – Architecture as a Living Conversation

The art of architecture like the art of life is a way of transformation. In a way our buildings are ourselves. Their gestures to the world reflect our human responsiveness to place, people, spirit and time.
Greg will share his experiences of working together with various urban, suburban, rural and Indigenous communities and reflections on a life in architecture.

CPD accredited lecture.


Richard Coleman

Richard Coleman

Learning from Historic Townscapes

Cities are meeting places and represent collective responsibility for stability and development. They highlight the dynamic task of reconciling the 'individual' and the 'community'. The three realms of 'politico/rights', 'fiscal/transactional' and 'artistic/cultural' also need to be visible and in balance. A city can either express these, or not. Archetypical historical towns often express these human needs in an organic manner through their steady evolution. But individuation, weakening of community, speed of change and the onset of greed has taken priority. From 'the protected walled city' to the 'high-rise exploitation of sky space' we see increasing negative forces outwardly expressed, quietly having their effect inwardly on the human being. Individual buildings and groups of buildings can transform this tendency through authenticity, a living quality and a considered relationship between old and new. I will introduce processes which can assist architects to reveal these phenomena through analysis and to rectify them through synthesis.

CPD accredited lecture.


Reimon Gutierrez

Reimon Gutierrez

Art as an Exploration of the Senses

This half day session's participants will use clay to experience Steiner's lecture on the architecture of inner movement.
Participants will be tasked to create various clay forms, starting with a sphere and ending with an individual expression of the dynamic balance of the inner and outer movement.


Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

Bamboo as Structural and Alternative Material for Social Housing

The construction industry is responsible of a big portion of CO2 emissions; the only way to reduce the carbon feet print is by using more sustainable materials like timber and bamboo. 
Luis Felipe will share his experience of 17 years working in research of bamboo construction in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines.

CPD accredited lecture.


Ivan Man Dy

Ivan Man Dy

Manila X Iloilo: Notes on a Shared Art Deco Heritage

Manila and Iloilo. Two colonial cities with different historical pasts but both endowed with a rich collection of Art Deco heritage. This talk will introduce the origins of a 1930's worldwide modernist phenomenon in Manila and compare its evolution to the city of Iloilo. It will provide an overview of the diverse stylistic applications in various artistic genres such as architecture, industrial and graphic design while discussing the current interest and scholarship of this subject in and around the Asian region.


Julia Nebrija

Julia Nebrija

Understanding the City through Cycling: Manila

To many, Metro Manila is hard to get. It's big, chaotic, and doesn't make sense. Urban planner Julia Nebrija used her bicycle as a way to connect with this mega-city, as a tool to explore, analyze, and build community. 


Nicanor Perlas

Nicanor Perlas

Twelve Human Senses: Implications for the Future of
Nature, Society and the Planet

Most people think that human beings only have five senses. They do not realize that humans have at least seven more senses. These twelve senses are deeply connected with how we interact with the environment and how the social and natural environment, in turn, impacts us. There is a surprising sequence to the unfolding of these senses that have to do with the evolving consciousness of humans and their capacity for sacrifice and love. On the success and failure of recognizing these expanded human senses depends how the future of society, the environment, and the planet will unfold. Examples will be drawn from architecture, ecological restoration and climate change, as well as the dawning dominance of artificial intelligence in the planet.


Nic Pople

Nicolas Pople

Rudolf Steiner and 20th Century Architecture

Nicolas Pople’s built work is strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner’s writings on the role of architecture as a social art, but Nicolas’s interests are wide ranging and he believes that the views Steiner expressed on this subject, and his built work in Dornach, Switzerland, are the result of a highly developed set of sensibilities and insights, not a rule book or list of directives that must be followed. The challenge of producing buildings that are relevant for our time and for their own particular context is one Nicolas attempts to meet in his own work. He is presently working on a new Church using complex geometric cross laminate timber construction, a carbon neutral house using stabilized rammed earth, and a straw bale house for a biodynamic farm.
His conference contributions will focus on the proposition:  Living Architecture is not an aesthetic or a style; it is the product of a shift of consciousness away from the abstract thinking that is destroying the environment.

CPD accredited lecture.


Floy Quintos

The Ifugao Bale
Function, Art and Social Responsibility in an Indigenous Philippine Home

An exploration of the Traditional Ifugao Bale or home will begin with a description of the structure as a response to the rugged environment in which the Ifugao live. The construction of the structure, as well as the kind of woods and fibers used, will be the starting point of the talk. The carving  of functional sculptural objects, as well as the prestige feasts given when installing  these, will hopefully allow the audience to understand the complex intertwining of Myth, Function, Ecology and Social Responsibility  all coming together in this Iconic Indigenous House.
Examples used will combine both Archival material as well as recent photographs from my trips to Bayninan and Kinking in Ifugao.


Pieter van der Ree

Pieter van der Ree

Living Architecture - Balancing Nature, Culture and Technology

Our living environment is increasingly determined by manmade artifacts like buildings, machines and electronic devices. This has a profound influence on our lives, our wellbeing, social relations and cultural values. Moreover this influence often has a devastating impact on the natural environment. Yet we have only started to become aware of these influences and begun to design in accordance with these new insights.
This raises an important question. How can we create buildings that truly serve our physical and spiritual needs, enhance our lives and are in accordance with nature?
The goal of Living Architecture is to develop a built environment that supports and enhances the natural, social and cultural life it is part of and elevates this attitude into an artistic expression. The result should serve our needs in a holistic and sustainable way.

CPD accredited lecture.


Marian Pastor Roces

Marian Pastor Roces

Lecture, Manila, August 25
The UP Museum to a History of Ideas
and its Critical Relationship to the Word "Heritage" 

The paper reflects on the curatorship of the UP Museum to a History of Ideas, located in a surviving American colonial period building along Padre Faura St. Manila. Because the brief from the UP committee in charge of the museum development was to create a museum that explores the university's early history of critical thinking, the curatorial work focused on the visual and physical manifestations of ideas. In the course of that curatorial process, many questions arose about the meanings of the word "heritage:" what and for whom is conservation of the vestiges of the colonial past, among the more difficult questions. The answers are provisional, slated for further exploration in the course of the continuing life of the new museum.  

Lecture, Manila, August 26
Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo
Museum-in-progress with Kengo Kuma, Architect

The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (‘Museum for Indigenous Knowledge’) is a museum that learns from the ancestral ‘katutubo’ to sharpen our awareness of who we are as a people for ourselves and for the world. This talk explores the conceptual approaches behind the creation of a building as a powerful instrument for representing knowledge and understanding of indigenous culture and for social cohesion.
The museum is being founded through five ‘architectural’ designs: the actual architecture of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma; the conceptual architecture of the exhibitions; the architecture of a network of village museums (Ur-Museums); the architecture of a wholly interactive web presence; and the architecture of systems for partnerships with indigenous people‘s self-empowering initiatives. All are architectures to cross here-to- fore closed borders between the museum as institution, on one hand, and on the other, with digital and community realms.

CPD accredited lecture.

 


Joan Sleigh

Joan Sleigh

Manila Lecture 
The Twelve Senses: Exploring the Processes of
Maturation and Degeneration

The sense organs are complex and highly sensitised organs of the body, which develop through stimulation and regular use. A healthy engagement in processes and experiences of daily life encourage a healthy development of the sense organs as well as confident orientation and connection with the complexity of the surrounding physical, conceptual and social environment. What happens in a world of over or under stimulation? 

Iloilo Lecture
The Twelve Senses between Outer and Inner Experiences

The human self perceives the world through the senses. It finds itself through the sensations resulting from sense perceptions. The thinking self then motivates its actions through an understanding of the interconnection of itself and the world.


Kristin Trenas

Kristin Trenas

The River Sings: the Iloilo River Esplanade Story

The talk will be about the rise and fall of the Iloilo River and its role in the economy of the city of Iloilo from pre-Spanish colonial times to the present.

 


Augusto Villalon

Augusto Villalon

Story of Heritage Conservation in the Philippines

Augusto Villalon will be interviewed by Julia Nebrija on "The Story of Heritage Conservation in the Philippines". Together they will touch the topics of the origins, early days, and maturity of conservation as practiced in the country, whether there is a special approach towards conservation that particularly resonates with the Filipino, whether conservation as practiced in the Phiippines has made any global impact, and where conservation is today.

CPD accredited lecture.