B+Abble Highlighted Architecture’s Global Impact Through Sustainability
“World Architecture Festival” Winner and other local design stalwarts rethink arts and architecture in B+Abble by Buensalido+Architects
Architects, art and design enthusiasts, and creatives gathered to celebrate the return of B+Abble, the annual and much-awaited series of talks on contemporary design in the Philippines. Last September 17, Buensalido+Architects, one of the country’s most innovative and progressive architecture firms, relaunched their signature conference to a whole-day contemporary design and arts festival, featuring talks and panel discussions by local and international speakers, as well as musical performances by emerging and exciting talents.
As the world recovers from the effects of the global pandemic, this year’s theme ReWind to ReWild focused on sustainability and simplicity in our built environment, exploring conservation, creative renovation, adaptive re-use, and how other contemporary solutions can change the way we live and understand architecture for the better.
Chunyan Cai of Atelier tao+c, a world-renowned design and architecture laboratory based in Shanghai, China, headlined the event with the global firm’s first talk in the Philippines. One of the winners from the World Architecture Festival in 2021, Atelier tao+c’s projects use humble, ordinary materials, but the precise detailing always manages to elevate the mundane. Co-founder Chunyun Cai talked about their firm’s process—semi-architectural, semi-interior—and how their design method allows people to see and experience beauty in simplicity. Architect Don Lino of LINO Architecture and artist Leeroy New also gave their unique perspectives on preserving local culture and heritage through their work, as well as talked about how sustainability should be a goal and a principle of design, not a gimmick.
For the first time, B+Abble also launched panel discussions called Projects, where individuals from multiple disciplines gave their unique perspectives on the festival’s theme. A high-caliber mix of architects, interior and industrial designers, trend forecasters, branding experts, and even circular economy advocates shared experiences and case studies, and engaged in discussions with each other and the audience members.
Almost 300 fans of arts and architecture spent the day listening to the introspections and conversations of the speakers. Young musical talents Coeli, Jarlo Bâse, Brass Rosette and Ysanygo bookmarked the talks with electric performances, providing a dynamic atmosphere to an already interesting festival.
Now in its 8th year, B+Abble continues to inspire and challenge the creative community to use innovative, unique, and progressive thinking in exacting positive change.