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Arki Thesis blues: the Difference between Concept and Philosophy?

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Arki Thesis blues: the Difference between Concept and Philosophy?

During my student years, concepts and philosophy never got explained clearly. It’s one of those things you read from the Project brief and your kind of catch from comparing notes with what your best friend did in Architecture School.
Architecture Sketch - Design Concept -Frank Gehry Partners

Architecture Sketch – Design Concept -Frank Gehry Partners

One of the challenge during school was that in UST, it always rained. And the guys who top the board exams are simply brilliant, hard researching dudes with monster drawing skills. Back to Architecture – here’s the Question: What is a concept?

A design concept is a statement that expresses your approach to the design problem. The concept speaks to a specific problem/project but is still in line with your Design Philosophy. It creates a connection between the design problem and the design solution. The concept is consistent throughout the design itself. Your concept should relate

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From Inkblots to Dark Stained White Art Exhibit 2

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I remember as a kid drawing eyes on a peice of paper. The eyes are perhaps the most expressive and delicate feature in the human mind’s recognition circuits. Doing anything for positive or negative impact starts with the eyes. And I would try to master them. I researched how Chinese, Nordic, European, Malay and South European (Basically Mediteranean People) would look. I’d love to have the Blue Panda pen create its magic as I to be better and better everyday. It added to perhaps about some 30-50 eyes alone. And that was one page that day, for the whole month it might be hard to count how many.



The Artist near the Burj Al Arab

My goal at the time was not to perfect drawing the eyes but to create a perfect girl on paper. And as m personal legend would put it: find that girl wherever she is. I never just drew eyes, there were the typical stuff, biceps and chest, arms and legs.

Like Voltron. 🙂 I guess that really reveals my age.

It’s been a long way since those days. The tradgedy was, I seldom created something significant. I was always practicing and felt that any work should be perfect from its first line. This explains some of my philosophy behind the title Dark Stained White.

Dark Stained White Part 2 - La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White Part 2 – La Salle Museum

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Tropical Design Lecture 2: Local Climate And Solar Architecture

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Lecture 2: Local Climate And Solar Architecture Tropical Design for Architecture – Philippines

  • LOCAL CLIMATES are climates of comparatively small regions having fairly uniform / similar natural conditions.
  • It is characterized by statistical conclusions drawn from long-term observations made by meteorological stations in the region.
  • Determined by the nature of the ground surface in the given region—the topography, soil, vegetation, urban buildings.
  • These features are significant in the lower layer of the atmosphere. They gradually level out with increasing altitude.
Relationship of Altitude to Landscape and Local Climate

Relationship of Altitude to Landscape and Local Climate


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  1. TOPOGRAPHY the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area.
  2. ORIENTATION – position of a building with respect to the sun
  4. OVERHANGS – Overhangs  are horizontal protruding elements, usually of the roof which may provide protection for lower levels.
  5. SUNSHADING – Sunshade are external vertical structures, acting like a skin, that reduce the amount of radiation penetrating the building.

Bris Soleil – sun-shading structures

Exterior Sunshading Systems:

Horizontal Vertical Louvers

Kinds of Interior Sunshading Systems:

  1. Window Blinds
  2. Curtains
  3. Glass Tinting
  4. Block Panels
  5. Screens
  6. Grilles
  1. THERMAL MASS – principle that describes how the mass of the building provides “inertia” against temperature fluctuations.

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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

Final Presentation: Due Nov 29 (for Friday Meeting) and Dec. 2 (for Monday class)

  • Group yourselves into groups of 5. Again – 5 Only. If your group member was chosen to be the videographer, you will technically work as 4 for this Presentation.
  • Select a Leader who will be assigned a Region.
  • Investigate the different Building Typologies for your selected region of the world.
  • Each class needs a Videographer and Videoeditor. They will be excused from their Group’s Presentation.

0. South and Central America – by the Instructor
1. Central and Southern Africa
2. Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Italy, etc.)
3. Australia and Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia including Guam, Hawaii, New Zealand.)
4. Scandinavia (Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden)
5. South and Central Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka)
6. South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, etc.)
7. Carribean Countries
8. Canada

A. Presentation – Powerpoint Slides or Selected Presentation Tool.

Please create a MINIMUM of 30 Slides. Simplify your text font. (Recommended to use Times Roman, Arial or Calibri).

Everyone should dress nicely for the Presentations. (Only a scene of the whole class will be video’d plus My Introduction Speech – the speech is for each Region / Group).

If you feel you should have more part in the video, request it from the assigned videographers in the class. You can only request for your own video. Please don’t stalk your classmates. I am assuming that all students do not want to be in the video. (But I do. 🙂 )

The video will be posted in my Youtube Channel. Please do not repost this video in your FB wall or public space but you can share this with your classmates through your private FB groups. (Basi magsikat ko – Seriously.)

1. Present the members of your Group (first slide) and your Assigned Region.

2. Highlight a Map of the Area (show in your first slides)

3. Find examples of Native or Vernacular Houses and Architecture

Vernacular architecture = is a category of architecture based on localized needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions.
This evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, and historical context in which it exists. While often not thoroughly and academically planned, this kind of architecture played and still plays a major role in the history of architecture and design, especially in local settings.

4. Identify 4-5 unique Building Sub-typologies – either by country or by area in the region. Present their characteristics / elements. Each group member will report on a building typology. It would be great to give examples of both Residential and Community Architecture.

5. Provide Description for each Building Sub-Typology. Do not put the description on the slides but you may read it from your cue. Only titles of the description may be displayed.

B. Written Report.

The Group Written Report will include description and the ‘building elements’ below. No need to print the pictures.

Written Report will be submitted on December 6. Powerpoint must be submitted Nov 29 for Fri and Dec 2 for Mon Class (just give thru usb)

Identify the following elements: (Presentation verbally and file in your written report only. No need to individual slides on all of below)

a. Roof – type and material
b. Walls – type and material
c. Windows and Doors – type,size and material
d. Interior – ceiling height, unusual features
e. Floor Plan – describe the features
f. Landscape, Waterscape, Other Features.

The powerpoint slides will be converted to video format that will be shared in youtube. If you do not want to show your picture as part of the Group Reporters, please remove your Group Picture before giving the Powerpoint to me in USB.

Guys, this will be our only major activity before the prelims. Sadyahon ta ni!

If you have questions , please ask your President and Secretary to ask me, immediately. We meet once a week. Our next meeting will be reporting already.

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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures

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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures:

Systems, Connections, Details

The word “Diagrid” is a blending of the words “diagonal” and “grid” and refers to a structural system that is single thickness in nature and gains its structural integrity through the use of triangulation. Diagrid systems can be planar, crystalline or take on multiple curvatures. Diagrid structures often use crystalline forms or curvature to increase their stiffness. This differentiates a diagrid from any of the three dimensional trangulated systems such as space frames, space trusses or deodesic structures, although it will be shown that some of the developments of diagrid structures have been derived from the details of these 3D Systems.

In this slideshow, Architect Terri Boake discusses the use and advantages of diagonal grids in high rise structures..

Terry Boake is currently a Professor at University of Waterloo, in Saskatoon, Canada.