Audio Book review by Business World newspaper, May 19, 2006


I would like to share this impartial review of Josefa Cagoco of my recently-launched audio book, "FRANKly Speaking:It's the WRIGHT Way," which, has just completely sold out its initial inventory with Amazon.com in the USA.

As a personal comment, after reading her review, I felt that she highlighted both the good and not-so-good aspects of the audio book, resulting in a more down-to-earth and believable review that is unbiased which the potential listeners of the audio book might find helpful.
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Frank Gehry on FILM


My favorite architect Frank Gehry releases his documentary "Sketches of Frank Gehry" this month.


Here's a funny clip from the Simpsons show about Mr. Gehry:


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Hayden Library Closed @ 7pm

I went to the library this evening to do some more reading---I thought today is the last day of the normal schedule, ya know, it being open 24 hours. But to my disappointment, it was closed at 7pm.

Arizona hit the 3-digit temperature trademark today. I was driving at 3pm and it was 101 degrees Fahrenheit outside! Time to turn on my AC which will probabaly get turned off sometime in November of this year.
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Considering Design Envelopes

Last April, I visited my home country the Philippines after nearly seven years since the last time I was there. As I walked outside the doors of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, looking to my left and right, seeing what looked seemingly familiar in a now unfamiliar territory, I felt the hot humid air as it hit my face.
It made me reflect on how spaces affect air movement and influences comfort levels. While reading the MEEB book (an architectural jargon of the Mechanical Electrical Equipment for Buildings by Stein), it gave me insight on how a building's envelope, or form, if you will, is directly related to the climate of a country or a particular place. Some people have the misconception that they can just easily buy floor plans for a house or school, and then use that plan to build the same structure in another place. This is contrary to what sustainability professes. Take for example the climate of the Philippines. It is a tropical country known for having hot and humid climate. In this type of natural environment, there is great desire to increase fresh air circulating within a space so as to avoid the "sick building syndrome" that is so prevalent in most structures in Manila.
I look at the traditional "bahay kubo", an indigenous house and trademark of rural areas in the Philippines. The form is based on an open frame. It has steep roof slopes to shed off rain water during the rainy season. It's floor level is raised on stilts, to serve as protection from earth moisture and environmental elements/wild animals, while at the same time, allows air to pass over and under the slots in between its bamboo flooring. This form to me, is ideal in this natural environment.
Building forms like a half-sphere resembling an igloo is more suited to cold climates like the United States. The reason this form works well in cold climates such as Alaska is because the compact form filters light and heat and blocks off wind---not necessarily the case for the Philippine climate. Spaces need wind breezes so the hot air can move around and raise comfort levels for its inhabitants.
People attempting to be builders need to look "into" things instead of "at", as what my hero Frank Lloyd Wright would say. We need to know what produced those forms, and question why are they shaped the way they are.
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