When I went to New York, my aunts and uncles who lived there toured me around, and they would tell me that this building is the Empire State Building, that building is the Chrysler Building, etc.
I went back home and my aunt from Austria came to visit. When she saw a tall structure, she said, “What’s that building?” I didn’t know.
Why don’t we look at our buildings? The architectural landscapes of our cities are part of our culture too. They tower over us, yet they remain unseen. They line the busy streets, yet they remain nameless. I wonder what architects feel about the Filipino’s lack of appreciation for their art. I wonder what I can do to change that.
That is why I want to look at buildings. I don’t know anything about architecture, but I have eyes, and I will look at buildings.
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