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Manila’s urban renewal

Infrastructure firm AECOM and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)  have identified Manila as its next subject of study on urban design and renewal.

With the economic growth of Manila one of the highest in the region, the city is also facing challenges:  a fast-growing population and an uncontrolled urbanization.

 “Manila: Future Habitations” brings together a dozen Harvard GSD  students from various disciplines — from architecture to design planning — to Manila to undertake an important research initiative in one of the most challenging urban environments in the world.

The program is the final part in the three-year series on Southeast Asian megacities, following Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.  It is also the sixth year of the collaboration aimed at providing some of the GSD’s top students with exposure to the urban design challenges and opportunities resulting from the hyper-growth across Asia’s cities.  

Manila’s chaos and lack of order may preserve the authenticity and the dynamism of the city, it, however needs some coherence to utilize its strengths, according to Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard GSD and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley professor of design.

“Contemporary Greater Metro Manila, with a population of more than 25 million, is by far the largest city in our three-year series on Southeast Asia, and arguably the most complex, with vast extremes of economic and social strata, and yet universal challenges for its citizens, such as mobility, improved ecology and connectivity,” said Mostafavi.

“Manila’s fascinating history and unique characteristics have created an urban scenario among the most challenging, and yet promising, anywhere in the world. This makes for a truly fascinating and exciting study area,” he added.

Sean Chiao, AECOM president for Asia Pacific, said Manila’s challenges may seem substantial, but the most critical building blocks of opportunity are present in the form of a strong economy which has been among the world’s highest performing for close to a decade; “and the yearning that citizens share for a better quality of urban life.”

Just nine days into the students’  exposure in Manila early this month  the program has already observed a number of key issues that could ease the challenges the city faces.

Mostafavi said Manila Studio 2018 divided Manila into the four neighborhoods as focus areas: the central Manila port areas; the adjacent neighborhood of BASECO, which is one of the most economically disadvantaged; the disconnected mercantile communities of Binondo and Tondo on the north side of the Pasig River; and on the south side of the river, Manila’s ancient historic heart, the Spanish walled citadel of Intramuros. 

The program leads believe taken together, the study areas possess unique conditions that represent in microcosm, the extreme conditions faced throughout greater Metro Manila.  

Mostafavi said there are ways to establish coherence in these communities,  individually, but with end in view of   connecting them with each other.

One observation is that the use of the  port is not maximized largely arising from the fact government does not think it should be for multiple use.

Mostafavi said the students believe the port could be harnessed well by turning it into a  mixed-use development.

Slum developments or informal settlements can be structured in a way that building homes is planned well

Then there is Intramuros whose  heritage, both physical and cultural, needs to be preserved.

The students will return in September for an exhibit containing the outcome of the study can be used as a material to be shared to government “to effect change” or for private developers as a guide.  

Specifically, the program examines new approaches to endemic problems by inspiring new ideas for better design for 21st century resiliency, sustainability and livability.

At the heart of the six-month academic exploration of the Manila Studio 2018 is the journey towards proposing answers to a central question: How can all of Manila’s existing constraints be seen as opportunities, building upon each challenge to find lasting solutions that will resonate with Manila’s residents to unite the city across a unified urban fabric?

 “We are truly moved by the passion that Manila residents have for their city; it will go far in carrying the Manila Studio 2018 over its six month journey. Asia is home to the world’s fastest urbanization and the world needs its future generations of design talent to understand this region’s global impact, as well as possibilities to make a meaningful difference. As the Studio offers top students with the real and complex challenge of researching and developing new design concepts for Manila, diverse stakeholders across the city are able to discover new ways of approaching old challenges through the fresh perspective of the students,” said  Chiao.  

AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18.2 billion during fiscal year 2017. 

Harvard can be credited with founding the disciplines of landscape architecture and city planning prior to the establishment of the School, and founding the discipline of urban design in the 1960s.

As the premier design school in the world, the GSD has a legacy of leadership, innovation, and social responsibility. The

GSD alumni and faculty are world renowned for creating the modern era’s most iconic buildings, landscapes, and city plans, and the School is proud to have the highest number of Pritzker Prize winners and AIA Fellows of any design school.
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