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Planning a successful green house project


Summer is definitely here. Many are constantly complaining and longing for the cool weather present during the early part of the year. Summer is also that time of year when many homeowners embark on house construction. They surmise that it is the best time to avoid costly delays in the construction due to heavy rains.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Hardieflex biggest winner in 1st architects’ choice awards


Cement boards company James Hardie Philippines Inc. bagged the most number of awards given during the recently concluded BCI Asia Architects’ Choice Awards (ACA) at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,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 »

San Francisco traders, execs keen on setting up firms in PH

An employee works on a machine inside a newly built product distribution warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, in this file photo. AFP

A trade delegation comprising of 70 businessmen and government officials from San Francisco, California, has expressed interest in tapping prospective investment opportunities and possibly setting up manufacturing facilities in the Philippines.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | 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 »

‘Selling’ the Philippines overseas

BENITO “Bong” Bengzon, Jr. photo By Amadís Ma. Guerrero, Contributor

Our objective is to develop new tourism markets for the Philippines, geographic, specific markets; and to achieve optimum balance between tourism as an economic activity and protection of natural resources.”

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Features | 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 »

Manila conference on green, sustainable buildings


In the wake of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas recently, an understanding of green, sustainable building practices for better disaster preparedness is now recommended in rebuilding local infrastructure.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »



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