The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) yesterday announced that Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance (AECOM) won the competition for the best design of Clark Green City’s Conceptual Master Development Plan.
AECOM won over Hong Kong-based UDP International, London-based Atkins, Walters and Webster (AWW) Inspired Environments, Philippine-based Palafox Associates, and Filipino architects Angelo Ray Serrano and Jan Carlo San Luis.
AECOM is a fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with offices worldwide. The company has nearly 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world. It won $50,000 for the design that will serve 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers. It also took into consideration the mountain range surrounding the city.
The Clark Green City Project covers 9,450 hectares and is envisioned to be the first smart, disaster-resilient and green city in the Philippines. Located at the Clark Special Economic Zone, Clark Green City is positioned strategically between highly urbanizing cities of San Fernando, Angeles and Olongapo in Central Luzon as well as the cities of San Carlos, Dagupan and Urdaneta in Northern Luzon. It is also near the Clark International Airport and the Subic Seaport.
Clark Green City is seen to become the focal point of economic development in the country within the next few years.
Chairman of the jury, BCDA President and CEO Arnel Casanova, said that AECOM’s design “provides a complete mix of uses. It creates economic vibrancy and at the same time balances it with natural sustainability. Immediately one can see the mix of development particularly when one builds a new city. The design also includes the community that would be living in the area and jobs and opportunities that would be created for a new metropolis.”
Judges were also impressed by the clearness of the land use layout which was legible and easy to understand. At the same time, it also took into consideration nature, as the city looks towards the mountain—making a connection between the city and nature.
The panel of judges were composed of BCDA President and CEO Arnel Casanova; Vice President Elvira Zamora, University of the Philippines; Professor Mary Anne Ocampo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Architect Andrea Karla Dorotan, graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Engr. Joshua Bingcang, BCDA OIC for Business Development and Operations and Head, Clark Green City-PMO.