Thursday, September 20, 2007


Fun Fun. A lecture about my favorite period in Philippine architectural history is happening over at Silverlens Gallery in Makati at the end of the month.

Join us as Silverlens welcomes Edson Cabalfin for the second installment of his architecture talks as part of our weekly Saturday Gallery Activities. On September 29, Cabalfin will be giving a lecture on “The Modern Filipino House: Philippine Residential Architecture of the 1960s”, from 4:30-6:30pm.

What makes a house "modern" during the 1960s in the Philippines? How did Filipinos translate an idea of modernity in the design of residential architecture at that time? What were the origins of these conceptions of the modern? The lecture will try to answer these questions, as well as analyze floor plans, materials, decorations, exteriors and interiors of single-family houses built during the 1960s. The speaker will also be giving a presentation on houses published in architectural magazines of that era such as "Philippine Arts and Architecture" and "Philippine Building and Architecture Journal”.

Edson Cabalfin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Architecture and Urbanism Program in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. He was formerly a Fulbright Fellow from 2001 to 2003 at the University of Cincinnati where he finished his Master of Science in Architecture degree. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture (cum laude) and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of the Philippines at Diliman in 1996 and 2001 respectively. His current dissertation research examines the discourse of nationalism in post-independence architectures in the Philippines. Edson is presently a visiting lecturer at the University of the Philippines and has previously taught at Cornell University, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde.

Silverlens Gallery is located at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Warehouse 2, Yupangco Building. Gallery hours are 10am to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays and 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays. For more information, call 8160044 / 09052650873 or email