What’s “Coco” got to do with Architecture?

Filipinos love coconuts! Actually we’re the largest producer in the world at 19.5 million tons in 2009. It’s part of our lives and our language. So yeah, we tell each other to use our coconuts.

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The architecture world is brimming with great ideas. You’d be surprised at how far we’ve gone ­čÖé We’ll discuss them here. Perhaps we can apply them in your next project.

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The world is beset with many problems these days: fires, earthquakes, storms, overpopulation, pollution and so many others. There is an urgency for great ideas to leap out of paper and into the real world. Let’s do it!


BTW, coconuts are a source of renewable building material which we have in abundance.






Raw means strong or undisguised even naked. In architecture, it is space that is wild, that comes to a life of its own. The creation of new ideas is like tapping into raw power, unbridled. It strikes us to the core.

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Did you notice the play of words? Rococo is an artistic style in 18th century France and followed Baroque. It continued the elaboration and ornamentation but was more playful and asymmetrical. It dwelt on the stories of love, romance and fun.

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And that’s the key to creativity ~ have fun!

The Principal Architect

Arch. Elwin F. Buenaventura, uap
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of the Philippines Diliman
Director, Greentech Konstruct Solutions, Inc.
Part Time Faculty, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts