(L-R) HARI Manager for Dealer Partnership and Development Mr. Victor Jose S. Vela, HARI Senior Assistant Vice President for Car and Life Division Mr. Numeriano R. Cortez, Jr., and HARI President and CEO Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, UPCA Dean Prof. Mary Ann A. Espina, UPCA Extension Program Director Prof. Dolores T. Madrid; and SB13 Secretary-General, Ms. Adeline Pacia.
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) and the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Architecture (UPCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last July 10, 2013 to launch the Hyundai Dealership Excellence through Sustainable, Intelligent, Green Network (Hyundai DESIGN): the Hyundai Green Dealership Design Competition. Students of the Integrated Architectural Design Course at the UPCA will develop cost-effective design concepts which will best apply the Hyundai brand philosophy of eco-friendly design to the Philippine setting. Participating design students will work on selected Hyundai dealerships within Metro Manila.
Winners of the Hyundai DESIGN Competition will be announced on November 25, 2013 during the Asia-Pacific Sustainable Buildings 13-Manila Conference (SB13 Manila), to be held at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. SB13 Manila is part of the SB2013-2014 worldwide series of conferences on Sustainable Buildings, with the support of and coordination with the four international founding co-sponsors, namely: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative (SBCI); and FIDIC the global association of consulting engineering firms.
Present during the MOU signing were (L-R) HARI Manager for Dealer Partnership and Development Mr. Victor Jose S. Vela, HARI Senior Assistant Vice President for Car and Life Division Mr. Numeriano R. Cortez, Jr., and HARI President and CEO Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, UPCA Dean Prof. Mary Ann A. Espina, UPCA Extension Program Director Prof. Dolores T. Madrid; and SB13 Secretary-General, Ms. Adeline Pacia.
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai automobiles in the Philippines, is currently the third top ranking automotive firm in the country. Thrice hailed as Hyundai’s Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year (2005, 2006, and 2008), and Hyundai Global Distributor of the Year 2010 in less than a decade of its operations, HARI boasts of a 41-strong dealer network, superior after-sales, dealer and customer relations support, and a desirable roster of best-selling vehicles, including the Grand Starex, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis Coupe, i10, Elantra, Accent Sedan, Accent Hatchback, Sonata, and EON.
upca co-hosts international conference on sustainable buildings, communities & infrastructures (sb13 manila)
UP College of Architecture, together with UP College of Engineering and Mapua Institute of Technology shall be hosting a two-day (November 25-26) international conference centered on sustainable buildings, communities and infrastructure. It will also be hosting a separate Master Class on the different sustainability accreditation and evaluation systems available in the Philippines - LEED, GREEEN, BERDE, EDGE; on the third day (November 27) of the conference. The event will be held at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Libis, Quezon City, a most-convenient venue beside the Eastwood Mall, parking facilties and food establishments.
SB13 Manila is promoted and supported by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), the International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment (iISBE), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative (SBCI), and FIDIC, the global association of engineering consultancy firms.
CPE accreditation points will be available for professionals who will attend. Everyone is encouraged to register early (until October 8, 2013) at the ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: http://upca.upd.edu.ph/sb-13-manila-registration.html , to avail of the early bird registration fees. Undergraduate students are eligible for a discounted registration rate of PhP1,500.00. See poster below for details of program and fees.
Credits to the CAN website, Ruel Orcajada, Gelli Nonato and Villa Libutaque for the info & photos.
“COMMUNITY ARCHITECTS NETWORK (CAN) is a regional network of community architects and planners, engineers, young professionals, lecturers and academic institutes in Asian countries. Established in 2010, the network has been supporting community-driven projects under the Asian Coalition for Community Action program (ACCA) regarding people housing, city-wide upgrading, and recovery from disasters. We believe the role of community architects is to build the capacity of people, by participatory design and planning process to make people be their own solution. “
This May 20-28, 2013, the 2nd CAN Regional Meeting and Workshop was hosted by the Philippines with a theme: “PEOPLE + CAN make change!” It aims to:
CAN believes in the power of a participatory process between technical and academic professionals, organizing and government bodies, and the people from the community themselves in achieving effective solutions in human settlements. It aims to provide a platform for all with whom it shares the same vision. Its approach in City-wide upgrading utilizes a “from-the-ground-up” approach, where the solutions are initiated by the community themselves, guided by professionals and fueled by the governing bodies.
The University of the Philippines – Task Force Arki (UP-TFA), served as the local secretariat to CAN for the event. For 27 years, UP-TFA has committed itself to the development of awareness and initiating active solutions regarding the urban poor, current housing situations and related social issues, both to the students and the public. This similar vision in utilizing one’s knowledge and skills in architecture paved the way for UP-TFA to be involved and eventually be part of the network.
The 9-day workshop started with an overview of the Philippine urban development and urban poor context. It discussed the state of development in the country, especially that of settlements in the highly urbanized areas of Manila. For a better perspective on the issue, all the delegates are provided the chance to visit three communities (all of which are related to issues of informal settlements of the urban poor
and the community-initiated efforts done by their respective associations and the initiated projects by the government and concerned organizations).
Delegates from all around the world, technical professionals, academicians, and organizational leaders, followed after with sharing of their projects in their respective countries. They showed the similar problems they experience in their home countries and the manner by which they mitigate these problems with community-driven solutions. Engagement of the people of the community is the common denominator of all their efforts. The outputs of which will prove how effective the solutions are if they come from the people who know their problem best. They were also able to show the role of professionals and academicians in this process as advisors and assistants to the people – the true essence of service.
With a gauge of the issues and their contexts, the current state of actions to these issues and the possibilities foreseen with the said efforts, panel discussions were done to deepen their understanding and generate ideas from different points of view. This also progresses to a macro-approach in the intercontinental issue of the urban poor, not only in terms of settlements but in living as a decent human
being of the society. The discussion topics are as follows: Direction of People’s Development & Sustainable Community Building, The Role of Community Artisans & Builders in Sustainable and Scalable Community Upgrading, New Education towards Designing with and for the Other 90%, The YP Spirit: The importance of Young Professionals and starting young, and Sustaining Work as a Community Architect: Experiences of Professional Community Architect Groups.
With the enrichment of the intellect and the spirit of the sharing and discussions, it is but proper to put
all the harnessed energy in the meetings into good use. The event follows through with a 4-day immersion in selected communities in Caloocan city, Valuenzuela city and Bocaue, Bulacan. This is where all the delegates apply their skills in working with the community while imparting to them their technical expertise. It is also a perfect avenue for first-timers to experience community work first-hand. Young professionals like the members of UP TFA, who share the same vision of architecture or any professional field but are not yet duly licensed, gained immense learning in this. They felt how active an organized community can really work together. They were able to show their purpose with the architecture that they only get to experience within the confines of the classroom. They were able to see how the profession of architecture is applied.
The active participation of everyone in the community immersion proved to be fruitful. Each aspect of society is well represented in the mix of the people involved, with everyone of varying background in culture, role in society and profession. The financial schemes developed for land acquisition and site development showed that the savings of the community will make it feasible. Designs in housing schemes in site development or upgrading have inspired hope in the people of the community. It proved to them how close they are to the dream community.
All these plans will not come into realization if not for a combined effort with the Local Government Units. This is the reason why an increased participation is aimed at the culminating activity of the workshop: Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Finding Ways Forward. This is where a formal discussion and a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement took place between the sectors of the LGUs, NGOs, technical professionals, academicians, and community leaders. Its goal is to continue the huge steps of progress that ignited from the meeting and workshop. A commitment was made by everyone and a city-wide approach is on its way to developing our urban areas into places for all – places everyone regardless of capability and status can call a home.
What could have been considered as the best part in this entire experience is that it has acknowledged the power that there is in every one of us. There is power in the community in initiating organization among them up to achieving possible solutions to their problems. There is power in our society to gather, impart our
knowledge, offer our skills and help one another. There is power in our leaders who selflessly live up to the trust bestowed to them by the citizens through proper service. There is power in volunteerism which is less of the “self” and more of the “us”. And most especially, there is power in the youth who should never consider a mere number of one’s existence as a determinant in what they can and cannot do.
It is true that people can make a change. WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE.
Article by Ken Pineda (UPCLAS)
Hands-on learning combined with traditional learning is a great way for students to learn. Often times when professors want us to learn, they tell us to go look for a book that they’ll recommend and find the information we need in it. Surely, this has been the traditional way of learning. However, some students learn best when hands-on activities are involved. Our organization, the University of the Philippines Circle of Landscape Architecture Students (UPCLAS), offers these learning experiences for the students to learn more about landscape architecture. One of these activities is our participation in the Orchid & Garden Show 2013, which we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity of cooperating in.
Introduced to us by Professor Patrick Gozon, the Orchid & Garden Show 2013 was held by the Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with the Quezon City Government. The event was open to all who wish to attend. It had the theme “Philippine Orchid Species Revisited”. They had stalls of orchids and other ornamental plants displayed, while several contractors have joined and had their own unique inputs to display. Some made colorful designs that surely caught our attention. Others love the Philippine culture so much that a bahay kubo façade was put up behind their ornamental plants, but for some, showcasing a foreign culture is also great. It was really great to see how creative people can be, but we just had to keep our design simple.
Under UPCLAS, our team consisted of Landscape Architecture students coming from all year levels. We wanted the whole experience of doing this activity, which is why we met and discussed everything from the making of our concept to the construction of our design. Even though we wanted to keep our design creative, we had to keep it simple because of our resources. Since being landscape architecture students require us to be creative, a lot of design concept ideas came up but only one stood out. The concept comes from a quote by Frederick R. Bernard, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photographers have to shoot from different angles in order to capture the perfect photo. Likely so, our design included a giant frame in front of our showcase. We wanted the people to see how the garden we made can be seen from different views but can only have one perfect picture. In addition, the design theme we thought of was Ornamental Plants Revisited. Both the design concept and theme were expressed in terms of human-plant interaction. Since studying Landscape Architecture can influence our design, we did not want the audience to see our creation by just looking at it from the outside. We wanted the people to explore the ornamental and native plants we used, and we also wanted them to be part of the framed picture by stepping into our garden showcase.
Being part of an activity like this, each one who participated, learned a lot specially the factors that might affect putting up a certain design. Coming up with a concept and/or a theme is crucial because it will dictate how things are going to turn out when your plans are constructed. Resources are also a factor. Without the plants, which we borrowed from Cypress Bomanite, and the hardscape materials we carefully sought, there wouldn’t be a good showcase to put up. It was an honor to be in the Philippine Orchid & Garden Show 2013, and it was a great learning experience for students like us.
(From left to right) College of Architecture (CA) Dean Mary Ann Espina, Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon, UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico and OIC District Engineer Ramon P. Devanadera of DPWH-Quezon City Second District at the UPCA Mindanao Auditorium groundbreaking ceremony on June 26.
Article from UPDate Online - Diliman:
(June 27)--Groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the UP College of Architecture’s (CA) Mindanao Auditorium (MA) were held on June 26 at the Architecture Complex (AC).
The ceremony came six months after the college received a donation of some P40-million from Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte’s 2nd district.
Dimaporo said the groundbreaking marked the first phase of the construction of the new auditorium, which she regarded as “a symbol of modern architecture, of the modernized culture, of the modern Filipino.”
Among the guests were House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Officer-in-Charge District Engineer Ramon P. Devanadera of the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) Quezon City Second District Engineering Office.
(Center, seated) Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo pose for posterity, together with UP officials (from left to right) UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, UP College of Architecture (UPCA) Dean Mary Ann Espina, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon; (standing) and the UPCA faculty members.
Present were UP officials Assistant Vice President for Development Cristopher Stonewall P. Espina, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon, UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico, the CA faculty, staff and students.
Located behind CA’s Architecture Building I, the MA includes a 413-seat main theater which will be used for the College’s various events. It is expected to be finished by the second quarter of 2014.
At the program, CA Dean Mary Ann Espina explained that the MA is inspired by Islamic Architecture. Among its features are wind catchers which will serve as ventilation systems, patterns on the acoustical wall which will echo Vinta colors and the word ARKI spelled out in alibata using mounted steel letters at the building façade.
During the ceremony, a time capsule containing the blueprints of the new auditorium was buried at the construction site. —H.C.P.
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Bimbao, J.A. (B. Landscape Arch 2013)
Sa ating mga kagalang-galang na panauhin, Miss Maria Christina Lejano-Velasco, Assistant Vice-President of Planning ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Misis Elvira Ong-Chan, Executive Vice-president ng Metrobank Foundation, Incorporated, Arkitek Edwin Gumila, presidente ng College of Architecture Alumni Foundation, sa ating dekana Propesor Mary Ann Espina, sa ating kalihim Propesor Emilio Ozaeta, sa ating dakilang kagawaran, sa mahal nating mga bisita, at sa mga kapwa-magtatapos, isang magandang umaga sa lahat.
Isang mapalad na pagkakataon ang humarap sa inyo at magtalumpati bilang kinatawan ng mga magtatapos mula sa klase ng kolehiyo ng arkitektura para sa taong ito. Nakakapagpakumbaba ang karanasan na ito dahil ni minsan sa aking inilagi sa loob ng kolehiyo, hindi ko inisip na ako ay natatangi, naiiba, o nakakataas sa lupon ng mga magtatapos. Bagkus, isa lamang akong karaniwang mag-aaral na ang layunin ay makatapos ng kolehiyo upang maging isang arkitekto.
Ang paglapit sa ating hangad na maging isang arkitekto ay utang natin sa mga leksyon na ating natutunan sa kolehiyo. Isa ang nais ‘kong bigyang-diin ngayong umaga. Marami sa ating mga guro ang may pang-aral na ang tagumpay ng isang plano ay makikita sa pagdesenyo ng mga detalye. Sa pagdesenyo ng mga imprastruktura, ang turo sa atin ay siguraduhin na sapat at malakas ang mga pundasyon. Sa pagpili ng mga halaman, ang turo sa atin ay siguraduhin na angkop ang kapaligiran upang lumago ang mga ito. Kaya naman sa mga proyekto natin, ang isa sa mga pagsubok na ating pinagdadaanan ay ang pagsasaisip ng tamang timpla ng matiryales gaya ng konkreto at bakal, o ang paglalarawan sa kahihinatnan ng mga halaman sa paglipas ng ilang dekada. Tayong mga mag-aaral ay madalas na hinahamon ng ating mga guro sa bawa’t pagharap at pag-ulat sa ating mga disenyo ng mga tanong na ito – “maitatayo ba yan?” para sa mga imprastraktura at “mabubuhay ba yan?” para sa mga halaman. Nakakagalak ang mga pagkakataon na nakangiti ang ating mga guro sa pagbasa ng mga plano at detalye na lubos nating pinaghirapan. Sa mga pakakataon naman na napapakunot ang kanilang mga nuo sabay kamot ng ulo, ayos lang; gawa lang nang gawa.
Aking napagtanto na ang mga tanong na ito mula sa ating mga guro ay mga tanong na maaaring gamitin sa pagsuri sa ating pag-unlad patungo sa paggigng mga arkitekto ng bayan. Ang mga karanasan natin sa kolehiyo – sa loob at labas ng silid aralan, akademiko at di-akademiko, ay ang sagot sa pagsusuri natin sa ating mga sarili bilang magtatapos.
“Makakatayo ba ang mga magtatapos paglabas nila sa institusyon na ito?” “Kaya ba nila ang bigat na ipapatong sa kanilang mga balikat sa kanilang ganap na pagsasarili?” “Lalago ba ang mga magtatapos paglabas nila sa institusyon na ito kahit sa mga araw na hindi maganda ang panahon?”
Mga kapwa-magtatapos, isa lamang ang ating sagot dito. Walang iba kung hindi, “Oo”. Naniniwala ako na kaya nating maging matatag at mamunga paglabas sa kolehiyo ng arkitektura. Kung hindi, sigurado ako na wala tayo rito sa okasyon na ito. Ang ating mga guro ay hindi tayo hahayaan na magmartsya kung wala silang tiwala sa ating kakayanang sila rin ang naghasa para ating gamitin paglabas sa bakod ng unibersidad. Ngayong umaga, wala tayong makikitang mga nakakunot ang nuo o di kaya mga nagkakamot ng ulo sa kanila; mga ngiti lamang nila ang babati sa atin.
Kaakibat ng tagumpay na ito, naniniwala rin ako na marami tayong dapat pasalamatan. Sa ating mga guro para sa walang-sawang paghimok sa atin na ibigay ang lahat ng ating makakaya – ang inyong tiyaga at pagabay ay ang dahilan kung bakit kami mahusay na mga mag-aaral, maraming salamat. Sa kolehiyo ng arkitektura, sa pagbigay sa amin ng pansamantalang tahanan sa loob ng unibersidad – naramdaman namin sa aming mailking pamamalagi, ang pagmamahal at pag-aaruga ng isang ina sa kanyang anak, maraming salamat. Sa klase ng kolehiyo ng arkitektura para sa taong dalawang libo at labintatlo, ang pagkakaibigan at kapatiran na nabuo natin sa loob ng institusyon na ito ay malaking bagay sa paglagpas sa lunkot at ligaya ng buhay mag-aaral. Sa wakas ay magtatapos narin tayo at sa pagharap natin sa mga magiging kaganapan sa ating mga buhay, umasa tayo na ang ating pasasama ay lalo lamang lalakas. Sa ating mga pamilya ang sakripisyo niyo para maipagpatapos kami sa kolehiyo habang buong sipag naming binubuhos ang aming lakas sa mga gawaing kailangan tuparin sa paaralan, at sa walang pasubaling pagmamahal sa panahon ng aming hirap at ginhawa ang nagsilbing inspirasyon para amin, maraming salamat. At higit sa lahat, sa puong may kapal, lahat ng mga talento at abilidad ay utang naming sa iyo, maraming salamat. Panubayan niyo po kami sa patuloy na paggamit ng mga ito para sa kabutihan. Ang pagdating naming mga magtatapos sa puntong ito ay tagumpay na hindi namin makakamit kung wala kayo.
Ngayon, ang klase ng kolehiyo ng arkitektura para sa taong dalawang libo at labintatlo ay kumpletong produkto ng institusyon na ito. Nagampanan na natin ang ating pangunahing tungkulin bilang isang Iskolar ng Bayan – iyon ay magtapos. Ang natitirang tungkulin para sa atin ay ang gantihan ng kabutihan ang UP Naming Mahal sa lahat ng natanggap natin mula sa kaniya. Balang-araw, sa ating sariling mga pamamaraan, babayaran din natin ang kolehiyo at unibersidad.
Nagtitiwala ako sa ating mga pundasyong binuo at pinagpatipbay sa loob ng paaralan na kaya nating tumayong tuwid at matatag para asahan ng ilang henerasyon. Nagtitiwala ako sa ating mga ugat na inalagaan at inaruga sa mga lupang ito ng kolehiyo para palutoy na lumaki, magbigay bulaklak at bunga para sa kapakanan ng ilang henerasyon. Sa mga panahon ng pagsubok, ‘wag mag-alala, tandaan niyo lamang ang araw na ito kung kalian matatag tayong nakatayo habang suot natin ang mga sablay na ito, sagisag sa pagpapatuloy natin sa mga pangarap na nasimulan sa unibersidad. Itong takdang araw ay ang wakas ng buhay natin bilang mga mag-aaral ng kolehiyo, at mula sa araw na ito, tatayo tayong handa sa mga bagong pagkakataon at pagsubok na darating sa buhay. Bilang produkto ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Kolehiyo ng Arkitektura, lagi nating tandaan na ang mga pundasyon at ugat na utang natin sa paaralan ay hindi kailanman mabibigo dahil ang mga katagang, kagitingan at kahusayan ang bumubuo rito. Mabuhay ang mga magtatapos klaseng dalawanglibo at labintatlo ng kolehiyo ng arkitektura!
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