Thursday, April 10, 2008


If you happen to be looking for something to do for tomorrow, you may want to check out this event.

CANVAS, The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development, in partnership with the University of the Philippines College of Architecture, is inviting everyone to a talk by world-renowned environmental architect James Hubbell, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008 at the UP College of Architecture.

James Hubbell is visiting the Philippines for the first time in connection with CANVAS' Friendship Park Project as part of his Pacific Rim Parks Projects.

Artist James Hubbell has developed projects all over the world for more than 40 years. His method is to explore form, matter, light and shadow at building sites, then incorporate the play of these elements into each unique building and landscape that he creates. He works to develop aesthetically pleasing, ecologically sound building designs that support sustainable ways of living.

Hubbell sculpts unique living environments from nearby materials, providing beautiful shelters for humans to dwell in harmony with nature. Over his distinguished career, he has shared an inspiring vision of the spirit of nature made tangible in glass, wood, metal, concrete, and stone, in homes, schools, gardens, pavilions, nature centers and peace parks around the globe. He is also founder and guiding light of the Ilan Lael Foundation.

The Pacific Rim Park Project, on the other hand, is a nonprofit organization that has as its mission the creation of friendship parks around the Pacific Rim as a means of fostering understanding and goodwill. The Pacific Rim Park organization has built four parks to date and is planning to create the fifth park in the summer of 2009. Over the long-run, we envision the construction of parks in all of the countries that border on the Pacific.

The organization is based in San Diego, CA and works in cooperation with partners in the region, including in Russia, Mexico, China, the United States, and South Korea.

The Pacific Rim Parks act as a way of bridging cultures, establishing new connections, and helping define what it means to be a member of the emergent Pacific Rim community. Each park has a pearl, adding to a string of pearls that will connect our shared region of the world. In contrast to a "ring of fire," the Pacific is envisioned as draped with a "string of pearls" through the Pacific Rim Park Project.

The parks are designed and built by architecture students under the artistic supervision of leading artists, architects and urban planners. The students come from several countries, and transcend their language and cultural differences through a shared vision to design and build the project within a time frame of 30 days. After a new park is completed, it is given as a gift to the citizens of the Pacific and to the sponsoring organization or institution in the host city. All parks are for the public, and are directly connected to the Pacific Ocean.

CANVAS for more information.

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via Palma Tayona of Visual Viscera


posted by Señor Enrique at 6:05 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very relevant to this is the ongoing construction (and its accompanying controversy) by Hanjin Industries, of condominium buildings right in the middle of Subic forests.

April 10, 2008 8:16 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It's really astounding how Hanjin Industries was given approval to build condominium structures right in the midst of SBMA's protected forest. How can the local authorities be so insensitive to our environmental issues?

April 10, 2008 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How can the local authorities be so insensitive to our environmental issues?"

It's because of "tong-pats", Eric. Basta hindi "bubukol" ang deal, sige lang. hehehe.

Very pretty pic, by the way. Love the contrast of the white building and the tree's branches and leaves, plus the clouds and azure sky. Beautiful... :)

April 10, 2008 9:16 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Goodness! If corruption is allowed to spread rampant, even sacred initiatives will, unarguably, falter. Ano ba 'yan?

Thanks, Rhoda!

April 10, 2008 9:22 AM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

Hm, I wonder if Urbano got wind of this?

April 13, 2008 4:20 PM  

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