The conference was divided into four (4) regular sessions, namely: Technology, Education, Heritage, and Urban Environment. It also features a special Peer Review Session for professors or educators who are applying for tenure or promotion. Each session have panel of reactors and/or reviewers with knowledge and expertise on the themes and/or fields.
Session I on Technology, with Arch. Ferdinand I. Dela Paz (De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, ARCHCARE Director) as the moderator, was composed of the following papers:
- “Developing Cob as Tile Flooring Material” by Arch. Roscilla Bianca B. Vallarta and L. Arch. Zenaida DC. Galingan (University of the Philippines Diliman)
- “Biofiber Reinforcement and Natural Pozzolana: Upgrading the Physico-Mechanical Properties of Interlocking Compressed Earth Blocks (ICEB) Through the Inclusion of Durian Husk Fiber (DHF) and Sugarcane Bagasse Ash (SBA)” by Arch. Nory Loyd P. Narvaez-Pernes and Ms. Gwen Harriet R. Bautista (University of the Philippines Mindanao)
Arch. Dela Paz also served as the moderator for Session II on Education, which comprised of the following paper presentations:
- “An Approach to Curriculum Globalization: Bridging the Gap between Philippine and Internationally Accredited Architectural Schools” by Arch. Dolores Cecilia T. Madrid (University of the Philippines Diliman)
- “Global Competitiveness and the Use of Ability Grouping for Architecture Graduates at the Secondary Level of Education” by Arch. Aristides N. de Paz (Mapua Institute of Technology)
- “Performance Metrics on 3D Architectural Visualization Skills and Tools for 3D CADD Course Development in the Mapua Institute of Technology’s B.S. Architecture Program” by Arch. Erline Grace E. Datoc (Mapua Institute of Technology)
Dean Ted Villamor G. Inocencio (Polytechnic University of the Philippines, ARCHCARE Director) and Arch. Emilio U. Ozaeta (University of the Philippines Diliman) served as the reactors for this session. The paper of Architect Madrid aims to provide guidelines for local architectural schools in order for them to set an equivalency for curriculum with an internationally accredited school towards the fulfillment of the requirements set by the Canberra Accord. The study of Architect De Paz discusses the use of ability grouping as a way to determine the which abilities may be prioritized to delineate the training students at the secondary level of education should have in order to obtain the program early and become globally competitive while creating a competence meeting local cultural requirements. On the other hand, Architect Datoc’s presentation showed the performance metrics conducted to architecture students of Mapua Institute of Technology to help identify the strengths and weaknesses of students and professionals and to discover measures for improvement in the 3D CADD course.
- “Bridging Dalupirip: Sustainable Architectural Heritage Conservation in an Upland Community Gearing Towards a Declaration of a Natural Heritage Zone” by Arch. Claudia Isabelle V. Montero, Mr. Manuel Agustin DZ. Singson, and Arch. Rene Luis S. Mata (University of the Philippines Diliman)
- “Spatial Inculturation: The Movement of Religious Spaces” by Arch. Aurora B. Panopio (National University)
- “The Mesa Altar and Its Regional Styles” by Arch. Kimberly A. Yung-Gultia (University of San Carlos)
The reactors for this session were Dean Lorelei DC. De Viana (Far Eastern University) and Arch. Rino Domingo A. Fernandez (University of Santo Tomas). Architect Montero presented the concept of sustainable architectural heritage conservation and the possibility of establishing the criteria and qualifications in declaring natural environment and landscapes as part of the people’s heritage. The inculturation of Catholic religious spaces and the present adaptation to the changes experienced in everyday life brought about by the advancing technology were some of the ideas presented by Architect Panopio in her presentation. The last presentation for Day 1 by Architect Gultia focuses on the design components of the mesa altar by describing its anatomy and individual parts to further understand the characteristics of the regional styles of the mesa altar.
Day 2 of the conference started with Session IV on Urban Environment. Arch. Rene Luis S. Mata (University of the Philippines Diliman) served as the moderator for this session. The following paper presentations were included in this session:
- “The Influence of Local Extreme Weather Conditions to the Urban Form and Walkability of World Cities: A Case Study of the Central Business District of Singapore” by Arch. Ruth Marie I. Equipaje (University of Santo Tomas)
- “Urban Sprawl and Strip Development: The Case Study of the Banilad-Talamban Corridor” by Arch. Rowell Ray L. Shih (University of San Carlos)
- “Medium and High Rise Condominium Development: A Correlational Analysis of the Physical Quality and User Satisfaction of Multi-Storeyed Private Condominium Residential Housing in Davao City, Philippines” by Arch. Ryan C. Songcayauon and Mr. Mark Ndsy L. Puso (University of the Philippines Mindanao)
- “The Conceptual Approach in Making Space: A Study of Urban Residential Space” by Arch. Shiela V. Elardo (Mapua Institute of Technology)
- “Analysis of Change in the Estero System at Manila University Belt Using Remote Sensing” by Arch. /EnP. Gloria B. Teodoro and Ms. Ma. Angela Lourdes B. Lequiron (Mapua Institute of Technology / Rizal Technological University)
Session V comprised of two (2) peer-reviewed presentations. Arch. Grace E. Servino (University of Santo Tomas, ARCHCARE Director) facilitated the Peer-Review Session, which include the following:
- “Grassroots Landscape Design Framework for the Filipino Community Gardens: A Synthesis of the Luntiang Barangay Workshop in Villa San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal for the Formation of the Landscape Design Guidelines of Community Gardens” by L.Arch. Cathe Desiree S. Nadal (University of the Philippines Diliman)
- “Disaster Risk Management among Post-Typhoon Durian Housing Donors Versus Their Donated Dwellings’ Structural Profile: Inputs to Sustainable Mass Housing Programs” by Arch. Sylvester Shaun D. Seño (Adamson University / De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde)
The conference was briefly attended by several honorable guests, including Davao City Councilor Hon. Marissa Abella and Mr. Carlos Vargas from BIMP-EAGA. To cap this annual event, several participants and members of the host school joined the Samal Island Hopping Tour on the day after the conference proper. ACARE13 was a success in so many ways: aside from holding the annual conference for the first time in Mindanao, architects as researchers and educators learned a lot from the diverse topics of paper presentations, hoping to apply the knowledge and information that they have absorbed to their different academic and private practice endeavors. In line with the theme “Tandiwan”, which is actually a Hiligaynon word for “peeping through a window”, it is believed that the expectations for this research conference had been met, that is, evoking the sensation of people as though peeping or looking through a window, providing a vignette or a glimpse of new ideas and opportunities.
The next edition of ACARE will be held on February 2015 (tentative date) at University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
(photo credits to ACARE13 Conference Secretariat and Dean Mary Ann Espina)