Interior design enthusiasts have this weekend, until October 31, to catch the graduation exhibit by the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) class of 2018 entitled “JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon.” Ongoing at the 11th floor, Santolan Town Plaza. ‘JUXTAPOSE’ showcases 17 student-made booths that explore adaptive reuse as a solution to design problems by repurposing old buildings or sites for a function other than what it was originally built for. Co-presented by Santolan Town Plaza, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the exhibit is divided into three categories: Tahanan, Pangkalakal, and Pang-Industriya.
“The Philippines has a lot of markable cultural heritage buildings so there’s a strong potential to conduct adaptive reuse on these structures,” explained Mary Ann Bulanadi, PSID instructor and volunteer curator at the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista. “Since it’s a new thing locally, the PSID 2018 exhibits utilizing adaptive reuse concepts can serve as a laboratory of sorts to help teach young interior designers to be competent in working on old heritage sites as their real-life projects. We are preparing the stage for that future.”