Monthly Archives: May 2009

UST College of Architecture VISION MAGAZINE’s call for applicants.

recruitment posters 101

recruitment poster

Vision Magazine is now accepting applicants for the positions of writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Interested parties may apply at Vision office 4th floor Beato Angelico Bldg. Submit all requirements no later than July 03, 2009.

Collate all requirements in a short brown envelope. Address it to:
(for graphic designers)
The Editor-in-chief
c/o The Creative Director
Vision Magazine
(for photographers)
The Editor-in-chief
c/o The Photography Editor
Vision Magazine
(for writers)
The Editor-in-chief
Vision Magazine

Collate all requirements in a short brown envelope. Address it to:

(for graphic designers)

The Editor-in-chief

c/o The Creative Director

Vision Magazine

(for photographers)

The Editor-in-chief

c/o The Photography Editor

Vision Magazine

(for writers)

The Editor-in-chief

Vision Magazine (ISSN-0042-692X) is the official independent student publication of the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture.

It is the first and longest-running collegiate publication for architecture, design, and the arts in the Philippines.

Vision Magazine is registered worldwide with the International Series Data Systems in Roux Bachmont, France. As the core paper of the country’s largest and premier architecture school for almost 50 years, Vision has been known for its high standard of excellence and professionalism.

Its editorial board consists of highly competent and qualified students, who share a common interest in architecture, journalism, photography, and graphic design.



Filed under architecture, graphic design, student life

“another” set of interesting infrastructure

“Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone







Filed under architecture

interesting infrastructure

“When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.”

~Charles de Lint











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aftermath? (part one)


The diversified architectural experience is a prerequisite of the government (PRC) before one can take the board exams. You need to work UNDER a registered architect for 3000 hours.

Good thing they scrapped the policy that one should get his apprenticeship after graduation. So the incoming fourth year architecture student that I am, I readily searched for a firm that could fill my would-be-idle summer vacation.

Yes. I took this OJT (on-the-job training) out of boredom.

I expected my summer to be dull. (minus the hi-hos from the Vision Magazine)

So I did what I did. Together with my colleagues, Ann and Kim, we went to apply to the largest architecture firm in the country (or maybe even in SEA).


We had contacts inside the firm. Firstly, one of the employees of the firm was an immediate former EIC of the Vision Magazine, kuya Patrick. (though the principal architect of the firm was also a former editor of the magazine) Secondly, we already have been to the firm. (we interviewed Arch. Hans for one of our courses in school), so we basically breezed through the “interview”. (I am not considering that a lot of the employees there came from my school)

Ok, so the last few sentences were all but assumptions.

I started working late-March. And it ended just yesterday, May 12.


The whole experience was rather fun, meaningful, inspiring, though NOT fulfilling. I learned a lot. (not a lot on architecture, but still learned A LOT)

Working for a big firm has its perks and downsides. A good thing is, you are exposed to an array of projects, ranging from residential to masterplanning. But then again, it’s useless if you are just exposed. No hands-on work here.

Another good thing is that I met a lot of interesting people, and by interesting I mean INTERESTING. The individuals in the firm are quite a bunch. 80++ people in the office, boy, it is BIG. It’s like a zoo (sorry for the odd comparison) because of the diversity. From the bell ringing Ma’am Chona and the funny Miss Maricon to the very inquisitive Sir Nappy and giggly ate Iris. OK, they were all fun. (but some have their grumpy days)

And then there is Boss, a very inspiring man. No wonder he leads this very big firm, he can talk, motivate everyone.


It was a pleasure working with (for) them.


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the good, the bad, and the beautiful

good bad

Illustrator/Typographer Craig Ward designed this perceptive workshop poster for Bucks New University, UK, using bought 3-D letters. 

It is true.

You can see bad typography everywhere, and the good ones are hard to find.


Filed under typography, Uncategorized


This is Michigan Central Station. An abandoned building in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central Station

It is a passenger rail depot that opened in 1913, when the former Central Station was burned down. Located far from downtown with a hope that the station would be an anchor for prosperity to follow. It stopped operating when Amtrak trained pulled away from the station on January 6, 1988.

At first, things were looking up as Henry Ford began to buy land near the station in the 1920s and plans were made, but the Great Depression and other circumstances squelched the development efforts.

And there are no provisions for a parking space in the compound, as the number of people having cars increased. That made the station a lot more isolated.

However, even with fewer means to get to and from the station, passenger volume did not decrease immediately. During World War II, the station saw heavy military use, but once the war ended, passenger volume began to decline. Service was cut back and passenger traffic became so low that the owners of the station attempted to sell the facility in 1956 for $5 million, one-third of its original building cost in 1913.

The main waiting room and entrance, modelled from ancient Roman bathouses with walls of marbles, were reopened in 1975 and a $1.25 million renovation projects was begun in 1978. Only 6 years later, the building was sold for a transportation center project that never materialized. Then, on January 6, 1988, the last Amtrak train pulled away from the station after it was decided to close the facility.

The building almost faced the wrath of a wrecking ball (April 2009), good thing that there is this man named Stanley Christmas who still appreciates a fine piece of architecture. He sued the city of Detroit to stop the demolition effort, citing the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.


I hope this building will be preserved and somewhat get renovated. Or better, be redeveloped. For this  kind building needs to be seen by future generations.



Filed under architecture, heritage

I’m a noob

This wordpress is starting to get in my nerves.

I can’t figure out how to change the layout and stuff because, one, those themes that I like have fees, and two, my background of the ol’ HTML is not enough to make me breeze through this layouting shitnitz. I’m having nosebleeds just looking at the css codes and stuff that I need to deal with.


seems this will be the look of my blog for the meantime.


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