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This Year, Architecture and Design Enthusiasts Enjoyed A Virtual Anthology Festival

“Our Cities” shined a light on a range of topics, attracted 5,000 guests and 160 speakers, proving that this Philippine festival is going strong despite the pandemic


This year, the 6th Anthology Architecture and Design Festival reached an even wider audience as it went virtual with free access.  In the past 5 years, the festival was held in the historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila to celebrate a range of themes such as narratives, context and intent, social architecture, impact architecture, and think architecture.  Since its inception, Anthology Design and Architecture Festival has been one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.  


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Anthony Nazareno scale model, The House at Makiling Reserve at the Anthology Festival Our City Scale Model Exhibit | Courtesy of Anthology Festival
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Anthology Core Team (left to right, top) Rochelle Ong, Arvin Pangilinan, Berly Locsin, William Ti Jr., Alexa Aranaz, Faith Muir, (left to right bottom) Pauline Morales, Matthew Sarmiento, April Daffon, and Dee Sanchez | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival
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Anthology Festival 2021 Hosts (from left to right) Arvin Pangilinan, Berly Locsin, and Alexa Aranaz | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival
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William Ti Jr. joins the stage at Anthology Festival with hosts, Arvin Pangilinan, Alexa Aranaz and Berly Locsin | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival


Directed by Arvin Pangilinan, Senior Manager of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, Anthology Design and Architecture Festival is a platform that seeks to launch an inquiry into the basis of architecture and how it is adapting to our changing world.  This year's theme, "Our City," took on the continuous transformation of architectural necessities that make our cities.  A series of talks and discussions explored and dissected the shapes of our past cities and how they inform the adapting city of today.  It highlighted the continuous redefinition of architecture in a city that challenges us to consider different fields in order to create a collaborative and cohesive community.


This event was hosted by WTA Architecture and Design Studio on March 19-21, 2021.  From the comfort and safety of their own homes, leaders in the fields of architecture and design from all over the world were able to share their expertise with the audience via Zoom.


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Anthology Talks Day 1 with Martijn de Geus and Han Zhang of Maison H | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival
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Anthology Sessions Day 2 with Mauro Berta, Sylvester Seño, Elita Nuraeny, and Undi Gunawan | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival
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Anthology Sessions Day 2 with Jason Buensalido of Buensalido Architects | Courtesy of Anthology Architecture and Design Festival


Anthology Talks, Shelter Dialogues, Anthology Sessions, Scale Model Tours and Competitions were activities within the festival that made it a unique and memorable experience for its attendees.


Visit www.anthologyfest.org for more information.