ALON Passenger Terminal: Integrated Domestic Passenger Ferry Terminal in North Harbor

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

• Manila Bay: Natural Harbor •


1 : a place of security and comfort
2 : a part of a body of water protected and deep enough to furnish anchorage; especially : one with port facilities

As with all Ports, protection against destructive waves is a crucial element for a port's success. Normally, this protection is provided by the breakwaters. As the term obviously implies, breakwaters are there to break the incoming force of waves from the sea. Without breakwaters, the port would not be a very safe place to dock boats.

The peninsula of Bataan, along with the famous Corregidor island, provides for this type of protection to the Manila Bay, acting as natural breakwaters, against the open South China Sea waves. Although this is in a very large scale, momentum of destructive waves would nonetheless be greatly diminished if not completely dissipated as it enters Manila Bay.

Where else is it best to locate a major port for a country than in a Natural Harbor? And so the Manila Port is created, divided into the North and South ports, that is one of the Major centers of commerce in the Luzon area.

• Manila South Harbor •

• South Harbor is no longer the site •

Due to recent project advices and developments, I finally settled on the North Harbor of the Port of Manila as the site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

• A little intro to water transpo history •

In terms of technology, water transportation dates from ancient times.
From the beginning of human history, we have been shaped by the availability of water and our ability to use it to enrich our lives.

The ancient remnants of human existence are found along ancient watercourses. Using rafts and dugout canoes, primitive people learned to use rivers for personal travel. The use of water for irrigation marked a major turning point for human social development.

With a stable food source, people could choose to stay in one place. They changed
from hunters and gatherers to farmers and village dwellers. Villages then became financial and cultural centers.

By water, transportation was quicker and more importantly, used less energy, compared to overland travel. Ships, boats, and barges carry far greater loads than wagons or animals. With the development of cloth sails, boats could use the energy of the wind to move.

Civilizations that learned to build and sail ships prospered as centers of trade, culture, and power.
Ancient mariners used the seas to explore the world, trade goods, and conquer their neighbors.
In doing so they spread cultural ideas from one part of the world to another.

Today, almost all countries rely on their system of inland waterways and coastal ports. Imports and exports of raw materials and finished products fuel the world economy. Water transportation developments provided larger ships that can accomodate more diverse services than simply moving cargoes.

The Wheel is being displaced as the symbol of Transport Progress.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

• For Thesis Approval •

•'s a Passenger Ferry Terminal Hub. •
(may mga "po" kasi just copy-pasted this from my email to my thesis adviser)

Gusto ko po ung terminal na gagawin ko..not just for ships. meron din po terminal integrated within the structure itself for busses and a few other land transpos. Isa po sa plano ko, is to make the terminal a merger of two types of transpo, both land and water transpos. Ang present sense po ng terminal kasi, it sort of divides land transpo from water transpo, nagiging barrier po sha kumbaga. Why not make the whole terminal a smooth convergence of water transpo, land transpo, and footpath? Kung san po may way of circulating inside the terminal ang land transpo.

Ito po ang ilan sa mga ships na naiisip kong pwde least 2 cruise ships, RoRo ship, a local tour boat--watertaxi kung pwde na mag iikot sa mga malapit na destinations sa site na maganda puntahan.

Commercial area would include some shopping areas, cafes, a few cinemas, others. Walking/View deck for people to roam around. Naiisip ko din po na mag include ng Amenities for Seamen, maybe a small dorm.

HUB po in a sense na hindi lng po sha basta terminal kung saan pasok labas ang mga tao, ung ibang tao..pupunta dito mismo to spend their time. for example a holiday, families can view the sea mula dito as mga decks, then if they feel an impulse to visit a nearby place, they can use the local tour boat. this terminal will not just be a place where you go away, it will be a place that will take you away itself. (may sense po ba?)

Im not sure if the term inter-modal is applicable here, or if there is a term bi-modal? basta po water and land transpo converge inside the terminal.

Those who arrive from other places will have instant convenient access to a land transpo that will send passengers throughout the area.

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doing a terminal is already a big project do not make your life difficult by integrating it with others. if you want to do a cruise terminal sure, if you want to work on the existing shipping lines puwede rin. but do not anymore integrate it with land based facilities.

oh what will i do what will i do..siguro tanggalin ko na nga lng ung Land Terminal pero i can still use the Permeable Terminal Concept.

• Initially... •

basically what my thesis is. this idea started after i've read an architecture magazine, featuring a ship terminal that blends land transpo, water transpo, and human circulation in a great way. i want to improve on that concept and apply it to the Philippines' transpo terminal.

wala lng..ang cute!!