Research

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism Studio Laboratory

Research Projects

 

            The HTC Studio Laboratory has always sought to expand Philippine architectural knowledge through the undertaking of research. Its undertakings to date include the documentation of Philippine heritage architecture and the identification and description of the architectural Spirit of Place of various Philippine communities. While the former aims to identify possible sites of heritage conservation the latter explores an alternative approach to the understanding of architecture through a phenomenological point of view. Much of the Studio Laboratory’s research ultimately endeavors to provide a specific community with tools to develop its own pride of place as well as self-identity.

Research Projects and Resultant Academic Papers

Community Empowerment: An Interdisciplinary Research for an Alternative Model of Tourism Development

            A three-year research study of the Spirit of Place of Sariaya, Quezon this project brought together the disciplines of architecture, tourism, music, human kinetics, and culinary studies in an interdisciplinary attempt to map a specific culture and provide the community’s tourism council with methods for developing local tourism through an understanding of its own culture.

“A Survey of Early 20th Century Architecture in Sariaya” by R. L. S. Mata, read at the 1st UP AIT Conference on Tourism and Hospitality, February 23 and 24, 2009 at University of the Philippines Diliman

“Architectural Heritage as Tourism: The Spirit of Place of Sariaya,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the Ninth Annual Conference on Architectural Research and Education, October 16-17, 2009 at University of San Carlos, Cebu City, published in (Re)Visioning Spaces      United Architects of the Philippines Journal Vol.1 2010

“Diwa ng Lunan: Memory and Identity in the Architectural Spirit of Place of Sariaya,”  by R. L. S. Mata and E. U. Ozaeta, read at In Search of the Spirit of the Place, A Seminar-Cultural Tour of Sariaya, March 17, 2008 in Sariaya, Quezon

“Everyday Life At the Plaza,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the 1st UP AIT Conference on Tourism and Hospitality, February 23 and 24, 2009 at University of the Philippines Diliman

“The Meaning of Context in the Conservation of the Built Environment” by R. L. S. Mata published in (Re)Visioning Spaces United Architects of the Philippines Journal Vol.1 2010

“Path and Place: Archi-social Space in the San Isidro Festival of Sariaya, Quezon,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the 2nd UP AIT Conference on Tourism and Hospitality, October 15 and 16, 2009 at Marikina Convention Hall, City of Marikina

 

“Sariaya – the Regeneration of Heritage through Streetscape and Town Center” by R. L. S. Mata for Living Streets, Dynamic Cities A Conference on Regeneration and the Fil-Hispanic Influence on Urbanism, Far Eastern University March 17, 2006

“The Spirit of Place of Sariaya,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the Eighth Annual Conference on Architectural Research and Education, September 12, 2008 at Bulacan State University

“Towards an Understanding of Place: Place-making and Archetypal Structures in Sariaya and Quiapo,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the National Symposium on Filipino Architecture and Design 2010, August 27, 2010 at Aldaba Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and published in Espasyo Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts Vol. 1 2010

Philippine Architectural Style Source Book: Volume 1 Quiapo

            This research project, at the outset, recognized the richness of the heritage architecture in the Manila district of Quiapo. Documentation and analysis of these structures was undertaken with the resultant identification and categorization of architectural styles formalized as a source book. A parallel study was likewise undertaken on the architectural Spirit of Place of the district highlighting the unique relationship between Quiapo’s architectural forms and spaces and its phenomenological genius loci.

“Re-visioning the Spirit of Place of Quiapo,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the 17th Annual Manila Studies Conference, August 14, 2008 in Manila

“Towards an Understanding of Place: Place-making and Archetypal Structures in Sariaya and Quiapo,” by E. U. Ozaeta, read at the National Symposium on Filipino Architecture and Design 2010, August 27, 2010 at Aldaba Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and published in Espasyo Journal of Philippine Architecture and Allied Arts Vol. 1 2010

Searching for the Genius Loci: San Juan City’s Pride of Place

The Metro Manila city of San Juan was the site of the Studio Laboratory’s research into the architectural Spirit of Place of a small inner city. In this project the city’s distinct identity and reflective spaces were identified through phenomenological research methods. The result was a “portrait” of the architecture of San Juan City through the felt experiences of its citizens.      

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