Sustainable Cities Feature
What does it mean for a city to develop in a manner that is sustainable and equitable for all? Urbanization may seem synonymous to progress, yet urban cities face multiple challenges: floods, poverty, waste management, pollution, noise pollution, traffic that is continuously saturated, constructions without logic, issues with governance and the like.
Manila and the Philippines, in general, have seen positive changes over the last years, from initiatives to investing in green or environment-friendly buildings, to building environment-friendly structures. These are becoming more important in the reduction of risk and climate-related events in the Philippines. Such initiatives were highlighted in the conference Manila 2050: towards a sustainable urban development. Co-hosted by the Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines, Arete, and the Embassy of France in Manila, this conference occurred last June 27, 2019, in the 4/F Loft, Arete. Ateneo de Manila and CCARPH hosted this as a continuation of their 2018 partnership with Science Po’s Urban Laboratories.
Both international and Philippine expertise were highlighted in this conference through the talks and discussions. The three sessions for this conference had the following themes: (1) Impact of rapid urbanization on social structures, communities. How to become a green community?, (2) Green buildings and green materials, Why a “healthy” green building design is a must for the City of the Future?, and (3) Linking urban planners and architects. How to assess the City of the Future as a whole? How to reinforce disaster resilience and urban sustainability?
The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches, the Vice President for the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, the Executive Director of Areté, and CCARPH’s very own Project Lead Dr. Emma Porio, who is also a Professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Science Research Fellow in the Manila Observatory. Mr. Jean-Jacques Forté, the Counselor for Cultural Affairs and Cooperation at the French Embassy, and Ar. Freddy B. Bautista, the Program Director of Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines (Green AP), helped contextualize the discussion for this event.
CCARPH’s Principal Investigator and Work Package 3 leader Antonia Yulo Loyzaga gave a presentation on “Perspectives on Urban Resilience.” Dr. Charlotte Kendra Gotangco, one of CCARPH’s Work Package Team Leader, shared her experience on campus sustainability in her presentation – “Linking Sustainability and Resilience: A University Perspectives.” Dr. Gotangco presented alongside Ms. Abigail Marie Favis, the Program Manager of Campus Sustainability in the Ateneo de Manila University.
Other experts who presented include Dr. Alvaro Artigas of the Sciences Po Urban School, Dr. Arturo G. Corpuz, an urban and regional planner, members of the Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines (Green AP) such as Dr. Arturo G. Corpuz, Ar. Lui Daya-Garcia, Ar. Miguel C. Guerrero and Mr. Carmelito Tatlonghari. Ms. Mary Anne Cuyno of Holcim-Lafarge, and Mr. Rey Azarcon of BERDE: the Philippine Green Building Council, also shared their expertise on materials for sustainable structures. Lastly, a case study was shared by youths of the L4PY, a Green Village in Calauan.
Also highlighted during this event was CCARPH’s Risk to Resilience Exhibit.
In 2019, the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Micronesia is organizing a series of events on the topic “Manila 2019 – Manila 2050: towards a sustainable urban development”. French Embassy’s project has been selected within the call for projects of the “Fonds d’Alembert” launched by the Institut Français (an operator of the French Ministry of Culture) focusing this year on the “City of the Future”.