ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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IN the recently concluded National Conference of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP), I spoke on the qualities, lessons, and in some, radical changes that some cities around the world have pushed forward to become the progressive cities they are today. In my long experience and exposure to different…

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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GLOBAL cities are influential, progressive, connected, diverse, and optimistic cities. These cities are deemed strategic sites and have a direct and lasting effect on global affairs through socio-economic means. Advances in communication and technology like the Internet and the Aerotropolis may have reduced travel times and brought cities closer virtually,…

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In September, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted its annual Congress for Architects, Planners, Designers, and Thinkers in Shanghai, China. This year’s theme focused on the Future City: Toward Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. The conference’s aim is to drive thinking beyond just buildings, and create a harmonious…

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THE rain that Typhoon Mario and the hanging habagat (southwest monsoon) brought was alarmingly near the devastation and flood level brought by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Our information dissemination and emergency response to natural disasters have improved from our recent experiences with Super Typhoon Yolanda, but not our preparedness to…

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The word, “traveler,” in its original French form, “travaillier” and its Middle English form “travailen” originally had harsh meanings, among them, toil, trouble, labor, and torment. If you are a daily commuter plying the major road arteries of Metro Manila, then you’ve experienced the harsh side of being a traveler…

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Can an office building truly be green? Incorporating sustainable building practices in office architecture is only gaining ground in the Philippine real estate industry as the technology and materials used to “go green” can be costly. In last week’s Office and Building Conference, I gave a talk on the best…

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