The Philippine Culture: Review Of The Modern Skyscrapers

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CHAPTER II REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE 2.1 Skyscraper Skycrapers maybe the most recognizable or well known icon of the urban landscape. It is a considered a mixed-use structure providing offices, restaurants, commercial, and residential spaces. Skyscrapers today, or the modern skyscrapers function as small cities with infrastructures. 2.1.2 Mixed-use Mixed-use development is stated as any urban development, or a mono structure development. Usually, mixed-use blends combinations of residential, institutional, industrial, or residential spaces. These functions connects people with each other. Commercial developments nowadays are environmentally benign, and mixed-use can be at an advantage for locating different uses for much closure and space saving. 2.2 Filipino Culture Philippine culture is rich in traditions. Filipino traditions originated way before the Spaniards colonized the Philippines. The Spanish colonization lasted for about more than 300 years. Religion, arts, food, education, and language are in evident. While the English language was influenced by the Americans. The family is the building block of Philippine culture and society. Hospitality is also a well known habit or “ugali” of the Filipinos. 2.3 SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSIONS IN TROPICAL SEMI-OPEN SPACES OF HIGH-RISE HOUSING IN SINGAPORE Joo-Hwa Bay, Na Wang, Qian Liang and Ping Kong* Singapore’s public high-rise housing developed rapidly since independence in 1965 to accommodate an astonishing 84% of the population today (HDB, 2004). The remaining 11% live in private high-rise condominiums (URA, 2004). Only 5%, mainly from the more affluent strata of Singapore society, live in so-called “landed properties” such as a detached, a semi-detached or a terr... ... middle of paper ... ... space that meets physiological and psychological needs of people while evoking meaningful and memorable messages of a specific culture (Norberg-Schulz, 2007). Urban designers and architects care about turning spaces into places because cities constitute one of the most significant, direct and constant human experiences of our world. Unlike the high visual arts- painting, dance, music and sculpture- that may appeal to a narrow audience, cities must appeal to the masses since people urban communities have no choice but to experience the city daily. Such an experience profoundly impact us; indeed, some parts of our urban experience make us feel delighted and proud f local culture and identity. However, other parts can frustrate or even depress us (Fleming, 2007). The role of tall buildings in improving placemaking is significant and it deserves rigorous examinations.

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