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And finally, wireless electricity!

TESLA’S Watclyffe Tower was “planned to be the first broadcast system, transmitting both signals and power without wires to any point on the globe.  The huge magnifying transmitter, discharging high frequency electricity, would turn the earth into a gigantic dynamo which would project its electricity in unlimited amounts anywhere in the world.”    CLIPARTILLUSTRATION

Nikola Tesla was a mad man. Or so the world thought. But in his madness was genius. Tesla was a visionary, a man whose ideas were way beyond his time. He deserves much credit for electrical system concepts that have since developed into today’s tangible and useful technology.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Keeping that intruder away


I had been reading up on and following the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp, the aspiring South African model who was shot and killed by her famous “blade-runner” boyfriend, the double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorious. Was it pre-meditated murder? Culpable homicide? Or a simple accident? Pistorious claims he’d mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar. And through a locked bathroom door he shot her. Living through trial by law and by opinion, the greater tragedy is ironically his.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Stories behind the brushstrokes

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While there are many things that bring us joy, one cannot deny that beauty, creativity and the deep mystery that constitute the origins of visual art stir our many emotions. In this year’s Art Fair Philippines, the second of what we hope will be a continuous and ever-growing show of great local contemporary art, we felt it all.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

8 ways to add awesomeness to spaces


Insert an unusual piece of furniture into the normalcy of your space: a swing, a cocoon or even a slide, for a sense of fun and adventure. Used indoors, hanging furniture are not only visually refreshing; they also provide the user with an alternative experience, that of being enclosed in and cradled in their very own personal space.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

The significance of iconic designs

JENGA anyone? The Norwegian energy producer Statoil’s regional and international offices just outside Oslo, Norway, is a play on stacked volumes. It’s an office building icon within a class of its own. aasaarchitects

Everybody needs a hero, and in the world of aesthetics, iconic design and architecture continue to create environments that impress significantly in our memory. Design icons are created to break through the standard accepted norms of aesthetics and scale, often by organizations or governments that decidedly want to provide a visually significant consumerist space, or stamp their dominance into the physical world’s sociocultural map. Let’s take a look at a few.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

The pains and rewards of value engineering


It is an inevitable exercise in design. Any kind of design, for that matter. Value engineering (VE) attempts to make the most out of your money by prompting a deeper understanding of the requirements of a design project, and analyzing its functions to make the most use of the available resources. Unlike its reputation, true VE is not merely a cost-cutting process. It is—and as a designer, I’d hate to admit—a noble exercise in making the most out of a limited budget.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Building resolutions for 2014


Happy New Year! The year 2014 brings high hopes for my industry where the building boom continues relentlessly. But where the rate of building is brisk, so is the competition, and the rush to outdo and outrun the structure next door and be profitable at the same time leaves a lot of room for some [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Property Guide | Read More »

The Namly House

A SUCCESSFUL MODERN TROPICAL HOME  The structure’s thick reinforced concrete walls help keep temperatures down. Combined with a breezeway, landscaping and a water feature, the interior temperature of the house can go as much as 2 to 3 degrees lower than the outside. Photo by Chang Architects

It would likely be in Asia where you will find homes like this one. You see, owners Peter and Lucy wanted a house that could be a happy home for three generations under one roof, one that the grandparents could enjoy as much as their grandchildren would. And of course, cater to the generation in between.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Filipino students win at the architectural festival

ARCHITECTURE students Jon Medalla, Kathleen Canlas, Keshia Lim and Jorge Rocha got together during their school break, and after tossing ideas about, came up with the “Village in a Box”—a cluster of homes within a porous mass that allows light to filter in and air to circulate.

I was walking across one of the exhibition halls when I stumbled upon the final deliberation of the student charrette. Up on stage was the team of five architecture students from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, coming unto friendly scrutiny from the competition judges as they delivered their final presentation for the Student Division of this architectural design competition. This was early October in Singapore, Day 3 of the World Architecture Festival.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Welcoming disaster

WATERTIGHT emergency cabinets such as these,  in an outdoor, easy-to-access area make for sturdy storage to keep all your emergency equipment and supplies:  everything from shelf-stable food and canned goods, to sanitation supplies; work equipment like work gloves, picks, axe and shovels; medicines and first aid kit; candles, matches and extra batteries     photo by garageenvy.com

As I write, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” is barreling into Philippine waters. She’s an extremely dangerous Category 5 supertyphoon, the fourth one this year in the Western Pacific. Earth has averaged 4.4 of these mightiest of the mighty tropical cyclones per year.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Property Guide | Read More »

The essence behind the symbols

THIS MOSQUE is so unlike its traditional counterparts. It is made of geometric planes that create a half sunken space on a topography that is both harsh yet serene. Its thick walls jut out of the ground and define its boundaries.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Islamic world celebrates the Amon Hadid, or the Islamic New Year. The presence of the waxing new moon, or a crescent moon, symbolizes the start of the month of Muharram, first of 12 months of the Islamic lunar calendar. Despite its strong presence in Islamic symbolism, scholars argue that the crescent moon has in fact, figured more strongly in other cultures and religions.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Property Guide | Read More »

Filipino genius at Manila FAME


Or so I thought as I walked through the halls of the SMX during the 58th Manila FAME, the Design and Lifestyle event hosted biannually by Citem, or the Center for International Trade and Expositions and Missions.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »



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