The field of architecture plays a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the place. People can see how trends and social conventions change over the years simply by tracing the development of houses and structures over the different periods.
Now more than ever, architecture and material design are have to start addressing new social and environmental concerns. Growing population density, dwindling natural resources, and worsening effects of climate change has resulted in architectural strends that promote sustainability and resiliency while minimizing the structure’s environmental effects.
This is one of the key aspects that will be tackled in the upcoming Anthology Architecture and Design Festival which will be held at Fort Santiago in Intramuros on February 7 to 9.
“Architecture has always been the most definitive and visible reflection of a society and its development. As the Philippines continues to grow as a nation and prepares to become a major part of the global community, it is imperative that we strive to discover and explore the architecture that forms a crucial part of the identity of Filipinos. We must continue to find ways to make this exploration and evolution relevant not just to our own society but also as a vital contribution to the richness of humanity and its cultural growth,” said Architect William Ti Jr., Principal Architect and curator of the Anthology Architecture and Design Festival.
The festival will bring together over 150 speakers and panelists who will share their thoughts on the trends of architecture and design and the problems it needs to address moving forward. Anthology Talks, the festival highlight, is a series of talks by a diverse selection of architects and allied design professionals with different specializations. The lectures will revolve on the festival theme “Think Architecture” in relation to each speaker’s expertise and preferred subject.
Meanwhile, Shelter Dialogues serves as the platform for the exchange and sharing of ideas that are relevant to the architecture and design community. The first day covers the finer points about architectural thinking and its evolving concepts. The second day broadens itself towards architecture and its relationship with various industries and our cities, while the third day features panels that are relevant to the art and practice of architecture itself.
Topics for discussion includes time and option and how it’s flow affects architectural design, technology in architecture and how it allows architects and designers to expand their capabilities and creativeness, and other taking points.
Each day will be capped by a keynote speech from one of the 3 speakers that were invited, namely Wing Munn Sum co-founding director of WOHA, Liu Xiaodu, co-founder and principal Architect of Urbanus Architecture and Design, and Ricardo Bofill, President and chief architect of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.