Architecture & Life

The purpose of this blog is to ignite the public on architecture, by elaborating all its possibilities on different applications at large, and by citing different realms of practice from a sample of chosen individuals. This blog is not an exhibit of bodies of work, but rather concise samples of new directions in exploring the unknown and undefined world of creativity. This blog is a microcosm rather than a community, a drawing board rather than completed work, a beacon of novelty rather than mainstream, an expedition to be alien rather than homecoming.

Architecture has been too simplistically defined as the study of the utility of space. Directly from Wikipedia, it is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. But we believe, architecture is more than these. For us, Architecture is the most robust mode of action for mankind because it involves non-linear processes that are built within subprocesses, which we call the design process.

If architecture is the process/product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings/other structures, doubtless it is built based on accumulated human experiences. And this would be the end all and be all of all most of actions, more so, all kinds of creative work. An architect cannot design a building without the necessary experiential building blocks of building design, such as a basic sense of materialities, typologies, and other technical requirements. In the same light, a chef could not create a good recipe without the building blocks of experiential pleasures on the ingredients, and a lawyer could not craft great laws without the appreciation of rights, jurisprudence, and order.

God is truth, whilst man is untrue, and hence the world is pluralistically composed of meanings made by man. And as man is temporal, so are his meanings that he is able to produce. Say in fashion, beauty, creative work, science, all are mere consequential resting in the care of time; the spectrum of beauty vary just in a short span of 100 years, so is our idea of justice, lifestyles, good food, and other living precepts.

In other words, the totality of our man-made world is the cumulative work of man’s ability to: architect his life. 

Written by JP Calma

JP Calma is CEO of Calma Properties, Inc. He has 15 years of experience in interior finishing fit-outs, construction management, strategic planning and Research & Development. He is a graduate of De La Salle University, finished his masters in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management and ASP fellow in the school of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

JP Calma