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Design matters, but experience sells. Designing beautiful structures isn't enough anymore—users are looking for great experiences that can provide them with lasting memories. In our first issue of 2016, BluPrint teaches architects the value of XD (experience design) and how to "design experiences.
Being sustainable is more than just a byword for being green or environmentally friendly. In this issue, we explore how great sustainable solutions makes for good business neither compromising on design quality nor the state of our planet. Paulo Alcazaren dissects the fallout and potential solutions for Boracay as an approach to all island tourism development. Robert Anthony Siy, City Transport Development and Management Officer of Pasig City, puts forward recommendations for a safer and more sustainable transport policy in Metro Manila. We also learn how the Escolta Block Party is reviving Manila’s old downtown opening up new possibilities across the heritage district. Foster + Partners exemplifies the optimal balance between the environment, history, and culture of Singapore at the South Beach Complex. We take a look at how Menarco Tower is revolutionizing workplace well-being as the first registered WELL-certified building in the Philippines. 90 Design Studio continues its remodeling of the UP Baguio campus with the timber Teatro Amianan. Energy efficient lighting design is the focus for our visit to the new Mactan Cebu Airport. Also, a first look at AECOM's winning design concept for the Bagong Senado. We bring to you an exclusive triple special report of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale: the Philippine Pavilion, ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’, curated by Edson Cabalfin at the Arsenale; interviews with Philippine Pavilion participants, artist Yason Banal and photographer Jinggo Montenejo; and an overview of the national pavilions from our ASEAN counterparts from Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore; with special thanks to the NCCA, DFA, and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.