ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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THE times call for active measures to combat climate change. People have again and again relayed the words: reuse, reduce, recycle. I would like to add—refuse. Refuse to add to the pollution, and refuse to commit unhealthy practices. The wastes that are collected from the residents, commercials areas, and industrial…

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FOR every project we do, we always put people, or social equity, first. The terms public involvement and public participation have often been used interchangeably; however, the Royal Town of Planning Institute (RTPI) differentiates the two in terms of operations. Public participation or involvement refers to effective interactions between planners,…

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THE Filipino people are worth investing in. And the current administration is actually trying to level the playing field for business. Many cities have successfully reduced the number of permits needed, as one of the thrusts of the administration is the ease of doing business. The economy is reaching new…

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IT is said that ghosts of certain places replay their life’s stories, struggle, and suffering by projecting it to an unwilling listener. Many places which are said to have ghost sightings are usually places of history and heritage. Some of these places are quite famous in Baguio, as well as…

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For every line you draw, think about the end-users… If you do a good job, think of the beneficiaries; if you do a poor job, think of the sufferers. THINK about it. If you build a poorly designed ramp, the next victim may be your grandmother, or your children. When…

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A FEW days ago, I was in Marawi with two of my fellow architects and planners, Lito de Jesus and Mikey Ramos. We were heartbroken over what we saw as the military took us around ground zero. Marawi is a progressive and thriving city with mid-rise buildings, schools, hospitals, business…

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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DO we deserve the cities that we have in the Philippines? Whenever I ask family, friends, colleagues, and students whether or not they are happy living in Metro Manila or in other areas in the Philippines, most of the time they answer that they are not. When you turn on…

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” –Winston Churchill THIS quotation is a paradox expressing that the culture and values we represent are reflected in our buildings, yet as time passes, the users of the building adapt the lifestyle depending on the design of the building. Hence, you see…

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