ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

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THANK you for the affirmation of our initial recommendations for Marawi. Our team were in Marawi when it was liberated, and we were able to give our assessments to the generals who accommodated us. And we hope that the recommendations we gave to the team of Defense Secretary Lorenzana will…

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THE recommendations and suggestions put forward by previous planning initiatives for Boracay have been ignored. Very little or nothing was done, leading to the current uglification of Boracay. Boracay is one of the top beaches in the world for its fine white sand, and is the pride of Philippine tourism.…

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A CITY can be likened to a human body. It is made up of different organs and it interacts through a complex synchronization of nerves and arteries. The heart is the central business district, the lungs are the parks and green open spaces, and the arteries are the roads and…

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WHEN faced with difficult challenges in my profession as an architect and urban planner, I often go back to a reflection one of my professors in Harvard shared during our class: “You may be the best architect in the world… But if you work in a society that doesn’t address…

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THE Philippines is an economic giant that is too shy to take big steps. It has the ingredients and the makings of a great nation, but it has been too preoccupied with looking for its conscience in fighting corruption and criminality. It’s been more than 50 years since I first…

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MILLENNIALS are the natives of the digital infrastructure. They have the privilege of having been born in a time when everything is within reach through the click of a button. Having worked in Dubai in the 1970s, I learned that there are three kinds of infrastructure: progressive, hard, and soft.…

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THE most walkable city will be the most profitable, as well as the safest, healthiest, and most livable. The reasons are simple, and we can take a cue from the logic of the design of shopping malls. In a comfortable walking environment, like that of strolling along a mall, it…

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THE golden age of infrastructure in the Philippines now begins. Around P8 trillion are budgeted until 2021 in planning, developing and constructing mega-infrastructure projects. Some of the planned projects are interisland bridges inter-connecting the entire Philippines, the country’s longest bridge, railways and subways, disaster resiliency and flood control, and possibly…

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