TAO-Pilipinas: architects in the margins book review

This is a great book as a source of information for the local expression of participatory design. I have also used the book as my reference for my thesis subjects for this very particular reason. Kudos!

Ar. Harvey Vasquez, 35

Professor at College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts

TAO-Pilipinas: architects in the margins culminates the journey of the organization in providing technical assistance for the least favored for the past sixteen (16) years. It highlights how TAO developed the participatory process from one project to another in order to mainstream it and show to the masses how capable a community can become in terms of development.

Not limited to the planning aspect of participatory process, the coffee table book also showcases its various applications with the help of other organizations from different fields of practice. Some of these are the post-disaster rehabilitation programs, capability building for disaster risk management, and workshops for sustainable development of a community. This strengthens the idea of an increased capacity of a community to adapt if the process is inclusive.

As mentioned above, the participatory process is not exclusive between the planners/designers and the community. The book was able to display the importance of the inclusion of allied technical professionals and the young aspirants of these professions. It helps spread the idea of “bayanihan” between different professions as well as passing down the torch towards the future generation. This book can serve as an inspiration for those who believe in the power of the people by strengthening their capabilities through informed and educated decisions.

Gabriel Gersaniba, 24

Recent architecture graduate from University of Sto. Tomas

TAO-Pilipinas: architects in the margins is an excellent resource for development workers, government workers/officials, students and community groups who are into organizing, planning and housing advocacies. It inspires readers on the strength and importance of people participation in addressing social problems.It captures the inspiring stories of empowered communities who have worked hard to improve their living conditions.

EnP. Rhea Kristine Aguilar, 37

NGO & humanitarian worker from PHILSSA