Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity
Edgardo Ledesma Jr., in collaboration with The National Commission for Culture and the Arts
At the first participation of the Philippines in the Architecture Biennale, the capital Metro Manila will be a test case to investigate the relationship between the built environment and the cultural identity of a rapidly evolving city. Has the creation or destruction of iconic buildings an impact on the nation’s collective identity? And what is the architect’s role in this? The goal is to come up with proposals for the preservation, conservation or adaptive reuse of Metro Manila’s old buildings.
Nine buildings, which have architectural and cultural merit, have been selected for this project. The exhibition will show three sets of abstracted models for each of these buildings: their original state, their current condition, and their projected future. The intent is to abstract and distil the essence of these buildings in order to discover their value or lack thereof and to come up with a proposal for their future.
The models will be organized on a 3×3 grid corresponding to their relative locations in the city and spread over three rooms, which will be categorized as History, Modernity, and Conjecture. A documentary about the process and rationale of creating each model, as well as background information about the history of the buildings history, will be shown interactively using a video projection in the rooms and an application for tablets.
Examples of the work of curator Edgardo Ledesma Jr. can be seen in the book ‘Contemporary Houses in the Philippines’.
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